WRITE A LETTER to the IOC!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
The International Olympic Committee will decide Toronto's future
on July 13.
The Olympics will be the largest most costly mega-project in the history
of the City. The public will pay the tab. The Games bring a negative
social impact: tenant evictions, homeless sweeps, police harassment
and the list goes on. The 2008 Olympic Bid has been fuelled by misleading
statements and half-truths. We've been told the Olympics won't cost
the public a penny, but Olympic boosters now need $6 million to pay
for the Games. We've been told that Toronto is a diverse multi-cultural
city, but the Mayor's racist statements revealed the racist underbelly
of the Bid and that our city's ethno-racial diversity is a mere commodity
to sell the Bid. There are many, many reasons to oppose Toronto's Olympic
Send your own message to the International Olympic Committee. Let them
hear your concerns direction.
Mail, Fax, phone or email the IOC in Moscow:
World Trade Centre (Mezhdunarodnaya Hotel)
12 Krasnopresnenskaya nab.,
Tel: 7 095 253 11 40
Fax: 7 095 253 91 87
E-mail: try firstname.lastname@example.org
or send a message via the World Trade Centre in Moscow: email@example.com
Here's this weeks letter sent by the Bread Not Circuses Coalition.
An Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee
June 25, 2001
Dear Mr. Samaranch and members of the International Olympic Committee
We are writing to you with a simple message: No
Olympics in Toronto!
Many promises have been made about the supposed benefits of bringing
the Games to our city. We hear about new affordable housing or creating
a debt-free Games. There is a long string of deceptions, misleading
statements and half-truths underpinning the Toronto Olympic bid. It's
time for a reality check.
We've been told that the bidding for the Olympics won't cost the
taxpayers a penny. The reality is Toronto's Olympic boosters need an
extra $6 million in government support to pay for the Olympic bid.
Polls show that over 84% of Torontonians oppose a public debt for
the Olympics. 55% of Canadians oppose spending taxpayers money to help
with the Bid.
We've been told that Toronto is a city that celebrates its multiculturalism
and ethno-racial diversity. Yet, the Mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman has
made outrageous racist comments about his trip to Kenya where he was
lobbying African IOC delegates. His comments include that he imagined
himself "in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around
me". Toronto's etho-racial diversity is a mere commodity used to sell
The reality is that the Olympics will bring public debt, tenant evictions,
the loss of affordable housing stock, short-term jobs, no long-term
growth for our City, increased harassment by the police against people
of colour and increased violence against women. Rule 40 in your Olympic
Charter will impose a great debt on our city. We will be left holding
the bag. The Olympics only bring more sports-palaces and benefits for
the corporate sponsors. Our public money needs to go to our real priorities
- not the priorities of the IOC.
The Coalition will hold the Olympic organisers accountable. Difference
between the Olympic-sized promises and the reality of Toronto's day-to-day
life means that opposition to the Olympics will grow. Direct actions
against the Games will be organised.
It is time to stop playing Games with Toronto.
Bread Not Circuses