bread not circuses
a coalition of groups concerned about Toronto's 2008 olympic bid

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p.o. box 139, 365 roncesvalles ave. toronto, ontario, canada, m6r 2m8
e-mail: telephone: (416) 410-2267

Book Launch

Fri. Sept. 13 2002

Prof. Helen Lenskyj's new book, "Best Olympics Ever?, The Social Impacts of Sydney 2000" (SUNY Press 2002) is being launched in Toronto:

Fri. Sept. 13

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Holy Trinity Church (behind the Eaton Centre).

Latest News

28 Aug 02

The Vancouver/Whistler BC bid has been short-listed as a potential candidate for 2010 by the IOC. Several sites have critical info about the bid:

The IOC Coalition (Impact of the Olympics on Community) -

The Creative Resistance site has a good article here from their May 02 issue about government spending in that region, that includes a quote by Prof. Helen Lenskyj from the Vancouver Sun: click here for the article.


25 Jan 02

INFO about Whistler 2010

Visit the new site about the 2010 Canadian winter bid from Whistler BC

A reasoned and balanced set of information - make sure to check it out.


5 JUL 01

Please join us!

All welcome!

Breakfast and Rally

in conjunction with the
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee

Olympic Free-Zone:
Homes Before Sports Palaces
Breakfast and Rally

Friday July 13, 2001 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. (or until the announcement of the 2008 Olympics)

Location: Toronto East Portlands
South-east corner Commissioner and Cherry St. (in front of the proposed Olympic Stadium site)

Music. All welcome

Call (416) 410-2267 or CLICK HERE for more information.

Jul 6 2001


New issue of Bread Alert! BNC urges you to make your voice heard!

Write the IOC members and tell them to "Stop Playing Games with our City!"

Here's the IOC Mailing List.

Here's a recent letter to the IOC.

Jun 21 2001 An Open Letter from BNC to Mayor Mel Lastman and members of City Council
regarding the Mayor's racist remarks.

March 10, 2001 Reality Check #1
Correcting the record on TO-Bid claims
- The ACC was neither on time or on budget.

March 20 Reality Check #2
Decoding the words from the IOC - How to tell what they are really saying.

March 21 Reality Check #3
Declining support, growing opposition
- TO-Bid claims support, data shows otherwise.

March 21 Reality Check #4
Bid promoters hide real budget numbers
- TO-Bid refuses to release key information.


Mar. 9 2001

Should some of the Olympic "family" be banned from Canada?
Concerns raised about criminal background of IOC members
Mar 9 2001 - Bread Not Circuses sends a letter to Canada's immigration minister seeking assurance that "inadmissible persons" will not be allowed into Canada. FULL TEXT HERE.

Mar. 9 2001

The IOC comes to town, and BNC is there!
BNC and the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, along with several community groups, demand and receive a meeting with the IOC Technical Evaluation Commission during their stop in Toronto to evaluate the City's bid the
2008 summer games

WRITTEN SUBMISSION by BNC to the IOC "Message to the Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee reviewing the City of Toronto bid for the 2008 Summer Games"

Now! The FULL TEXT of "Stop Playing Games with Toronto: The People's Anti-Olympic Bid Book" available for download here. (Adobe PDF format)
Public Talk
Apr. 19 2001

Public Presentation by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj - "The Olympic Industry and Equity Issues: Sydney and Toronto"

OISE/UT, University of Toronto
Thursday, April 19, 2001, 12 noon to 2 pm, Room 12-274, 252 Bloor St. W. Toronto

Presented by the The Department of Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

The IOC "takes a tour" of the REAL Toronto! BNC and the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee together offer the IOC a "Tour of Homeless Toronto" - INFO HERE from our Mar 7 2001 BREAD ALERT.
Feb 28 2001
TO-Bid Bullies Disrupt BNC Public Meeting and the launch of our Anti-bid book
Read the letter BNC wrote to
TO-Bid and Mayor Lastman in our Mar 1 2001 SPECIAL edition of
Feb 2000

The Real Guide to the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid

See also:


Events and Meetings

  • Olympics Related Calendar of Events 
  • Next TO-Bid Meeting is TBA.
  • Next B'n'C Meeting
  • Bread Alerts
    (Bread Not Circuses' Newsletter)

  • Current Bread Alert 
  • Previous Bread Alerts
  • Principles

    Towards a Socially Responsible Olympic Games: The Bread Not Circuses Standards
    for the Toronto Olympic Bid

    OTHER Links

  • Salt Lake City Ethics Commission Report
  • Sydney 2000 Games Financial Audit
  • IOC Bribe & Sleaze Scandal
  • Articles, Essays & Reports
  • Letters
  • Links 
  • Updates
  • ENDORSERS of Bread Not Circuses

    A Space Gallery
    Alliance for Employment Equity
    Canadian Union of Public Employees local 2191
    Canadian Union of Public Employees - Metro Toronto District Council
    Canadian Union of Public Employees local 1582
    The Communist Party of Canada (Toronto Committee)
    Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
    Creative Arts Students' Association (York University)
    Graduate Students Union (U of T)
    Greenest City
    Low Income Families Together
    Maquila Solidarity
    Metro Network for Social Justice
    Neighborhood Legal Services
    Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
    Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Toronto
    Parkdale Tenants Association

    Ralph Thornton Centre
    Reclaim the Streets - Toronto!
    Social Justice Committee - Church of the Holy Trinity
    Tools for Peace Ontario
    Toronto Action for Social Change
    Toronto Disarmament Network
    West Enders for Local Democracy - Ward 21
    WORLD - (old) Ward One Residents for Local Democracy

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    Bread Not Circuses Coalition
    c/o P.O. Box 139, 365 Roncesvalles Ave.
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6R 2M8


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    Updated: August 28, 2002