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Can London, Ont. land the Pan Am Games?

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Gordon Hume has a big dream for his little city of London, Ont.: to host the 1991 Pan Am Games. With a year to go before the Games choose a host city, Hume and the London bid committee are working hard to convince city councillors and residents to kick in $10 million for the Games, which would bring the city a new stadium, gym and aquatics centre. But Marc Emery, owner of London's City Lights bookstore, says the money would be better spent on essentials like sewers and sidewalks. Christine Pochmursky talks to residents and boosters in this 1985 report.

Medium: Television
Program: Monitor
Broadcast Date: March 11, 1985
Reporter: Christina Pochmursky
Guests: Marc Emery, Gordon Hume
Duration: 10:29

Did You know?


• London withdrew from the bid process after a June 1985 announcement from the federal government that imposed a funding moratorium on all international multi-sport events, aside from the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, until April 1990. Sports Minister Otto Jelinek also said all future multi-sport events had to secure federal funding before the bids were submitted.

• The 1991 Pan Am Games were awarded to Havana, Cuba.

• Canada has hosted the Pan Am Games three times: in 1967 and 1999 in Winnipeg, and in 2015 in Toronto.

• Marc Emery went on to become better known as one of Canada's best-known pro-marijuana activists. He was imprisoned in the United States for five years, from 2009 to 2014, for selling marijuana seeds by mail order.


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