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Letter: Declining Olympics the right call

British Columbians cannot afford to spend billions on a two week sporting event
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Declining Olympics the right call

It seems to me that the B.C. government has made a very sensible decision in declining to support a bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics.

Faced with a health care crisis in our hospitals and on our streets, a severe lack of affordable housing and climate disasters piled one upon another, British Columbians cannot afford to spend billions on a two week sporting event.

Portraying the decision as a rejection of reconciliation however is as disingenuous as it is unreasonable.

Investing in mental health supports, affordable housing, social justice, health care and climate mitigation will benefit every British Columbian, including First Nations peoples who are disproportionately affected by all these crises.

British Columbians now need to work together to hold our government accountable, thereby ensuring that the monies saved are invested for the greater good, not just for the benefit of a few.

Mike Ward

Duncan





 
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