Friday, November 27, 2009

The following appeal is from the Vancouver based Olympic Resistance Network.
Call for Cross Canada Mobilizing: Extinguish the Olympic Torch!:‏

From October 31 2009 - February 12 2010, the Olympic Torch Relay "A Path of Northern Lights" will be traveling across Canada. The Olympic Resistance Network, based in Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories,is calling on and encouraging our allies to coordinate efforts in over 2000 communities to oppose and resist the Torch Relay.

On October 31, over 400 people gathered to oppose the Torch Relay launch in Victoria. An Anti-Olympics Festival and Zombie March, organized by No2010 Victoria, succeeded in disrupting the relay. Security personnel were forced to extinguish the torch, load it in a van, and reroute it in order to reach the Legislature. (Visit or for videos)


The Olympic torch is a propaganda tool that promotes gentrification, repression and environmental destruction. The origins of the Torch Relay lie in the dark history of the 1936 Games in Berlin, where it was devised as a means to spread Nazi fascism and to promote the Third Reich. (See Globe and Mail article here:

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is a $25 million publicity stunt to promote the Olympic Brand, particularly its top sponsors. The Royal Bank of Canada and Coca Cola are the main sponsors of the 2010 Torch relay. RBC is the top financier of the environmentally devastating Alberta Tar Sands, while Coca Cola has been responsible for health degradation as part of the junkfood industry, massive depletion of ground water and toxic waste pollution in India, and involved in hiring paramilitary groups to violently repress union organizers in Colombia.

It is becoming increasingly evident that far from being simply about sport, the 2010 Olympics is rooted in displacement, corporate greed, militarization, and repression. While Olympic corporate sponsors aregetting bailed out, Indigenous lands are being stolen, more people are becoming homeless, thousands are losing their jobs and access to public services, the environment is being destroyed, and civil liberties are being eroded as over a billion dollars are being sunk into security and surveillance measures.

While people suffer consequences, the public money invested by the city of Vancouver, the city of Whistler, the B.C. government and the Canadian government is now nearing $7 billion. WHAT CAN I DO?

This Torch Relay will be the longest in-country relay in Olympic history,giving us the chance to make some anti-Olympic history! You might be opposing the Torch due to the rally call No Olympics on Stolen Native Land! Remember the Torch does not represent a sacred fire, it is a destructive force. Or you might be protesting the Torch because of the impacts of its corporate sponsors on your community, such as the link between the RBC and Alberta Tar Sands. Or you are generally concerned about the overall negative impacts of the Games such as homelessness, misdirected public spending, attacks on civil liberties, and the general oppression and repression it represents.

There are many reasons and many ways to oppose the Torch, so whatever your reason might be, get out there and be visible! Create a leaflet and make some placards, and you and your group can protest along the Torch route and hand out information to those along the sidelines. You can lead a march to disrupt and detour the relay, as Victoria organizers successfully did without arrests. Set up a blockade through your community and stop the torch from going through and spreading its false propaganda. Hold educational events prior to and after the Torch going through to spread awareness about the impacts of the Olympics (you can contact for educational materials to assist in this).Do whatever makes the most sense for your context; most important is that you organize something!

==> If you are organizing an event or action in your city, town, or community please email us the details at so we can compile the information and build strength and unity in our efforts by having this information available on our website.

Basic torch route

Nov 16 - Nov 28, 2009: through Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick: Sydney, Whycocomagh, Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Paq'tnkek, Antigonish, Halifax, Bear River FN, Lunenburg, Charlottetown, Moncton, Sussex, Saint John, Fredericton, Esgenoôpetitj, Grand Falls, and others.

Nov 29 - Dec 11, 2009: through Quebec: Rimouski, Baie-Comeau, Les Escoumins, Saguenay, Lévis, Saint-Georges, Black Lake, Victoriaville, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Trois-Rivières, Longueuil, Kahnawá:ke, Beaconsfield, Mont-Tremblant, Montréal, Laval, Gatineau, and others Dec 12, 2009 - Jan 4, 2010: through Ontario: Ottawa, Pikwàkanagàn, Akwesasne, Kingston, Tyendinaga, Peterborough, Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Six Nations, Brantford, Oneida, Leamington, Windsor, Sarnia, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Barrie, Huntsville,Temiskaming, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Red Rock FN, Kenora, and others.

Jan 5 - Jan 20, 2010: through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta: Winnipeg, Sioux Valley Dakota, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moosomin FN, Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary, Canada Olympic Park, Stoney Nation, and more.

Jan 21 - Feb 11, 2010: through BC: Golden, Cranbrook, Nelson, Trail, Osoyoos FN, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Kamloops,100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Prince George, Smithers, Gitanmaax, Fort St. John, Terrace, Bella Bella, Powell River, Sechelt, Squamish, Whistler, Lil'wat, Merritt, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and others.

* Full route information: Complete listing by day:

Provincial and Territorial Routes:

It's hard to say how well this bird is going to fly. So far, to my knowledge, there have been public meetings and/or demonstrations in Ontario and Nova Scotia. J'ajoute une chose en français pour Québec. To say the least this is the sort of call that should have been made a long time ago, along with the necessary planning. Flying by the seat of your pants may indeed often work quite well in a local context, but the larger the geographical area the more need of greater organization.
d’une source anonyme de Québec
*Merci de diffuser:
Le mercredi 2 décembre, la flamme olympique arrivera à Québec. Réservons lui l’accueil qu’elle mérite en réponse à l’appel du Réseau de Résistance anti-olympiques, basé à Vancouver, dans les territoires côtiers Salish non-cédés.

*Rassemblement le 2 décembre, 18h00 au Carré d’Youville!
*Le relais de la flamme olympique tire son origine dans l’histoire pas très reluisante des jeux olympiques de Berlin, en 1936, où cette activité a été initiée par les nazis pour répandre le fascisme et faire la promotion du troisième Reich à travers l’Europe.

Cette année, le relais de la flamme est principalement commandité par la Banque Royale du Canada et par Coca Cola. La Banque Royale est le principal bailleur de fond des sables bitumineux en Alberta, un projet dévastateur pour l’environnement. Coca Cola pour sa part, en plus d’être responsable de la dégradation de la santé humaine en prenant part à l’industrie de la mal-bouffe, est responsable de détournements massifs des eaux souterraines en Inde, en plus de polluer ce pays par des quantités hallucinantes de déchets toxiques. Coca Cola est aussi impliqué dans l’embauche de groupes paramilitaires pour réprimer violemment les travailleurs qui tentent des’organiser en Colombie.

Les jeux Olympiques de 2010 n’ont rien à voir avec le sport mais sont plutôtune affaire d’expulsions, de soif de profits, de militarisation et de répression! Pendant que les compagnie commanditaires sont sauvées de la faillites à coup de milliards par les gouvernements, les terres autochtonesse font voler, davantage de personnes sont jettées à la rue, des milliers de personnes perdent leurs emplois et perdent l’accès aux services publics, l’environnement se fait massacrer et les libertés civiles s’effritenta lorsque des milliards de dollars sont accaparés par des mesures de sécurité et de surveillance, et ce à travers tout le pays!

Ce relais de la flamme olympique sera le plus long relais de tout les temps à se dérouler à l’intérieur du même pays, ce qui nous donne la chance de faire passer à l’histoire notre résistance aux olympiques! Le monde entier doit savoir que nous ne voulons
* “Pas d’olympiques sur des terre sautochtones volées!”*
==> Pour plus de détails sur les raisons de s’opposer aux olympiques, consultez aussi et
==> Pour plus de détails sur le parcours de la flamme, consultez:

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