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Should government employees get paid leave to volunteer at the Olympics?

Thursday, February 14, 2008 | 08:43 AM ET

The B.C. government is offering partially-paid leave to its 30,000 public servants if they volunteer for the 2010 Olympics, according to reports on Thursday.

As part of the plan, B.C. government employees who are accepted by the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) as volunteers will be able to claim part of the time as vacation time, and the other part as paid leave.

Colin Hansen, the minister responsible for the Olympics, said no extra money will be spent on the program and all government ministries will have to work out arrangements with employees within their normal operating budgets. Full Story

What do you think of this plan?

Do you think it's fair for B.C. government employees to get paid leave to volunteer at the games?

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Are you planning to volunteer? Why or why not?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 | 10:59 AM ET

Anyone hoping to volunteer at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver had better get to work polishing up their resume.

The online search for 25,000 volunteers began Tuesday, exactly two years from the opening of the Games, and applicants now have only six weeks to get their applications in.

The applications are already rolling in — from across Canada and around the world, including Australia, Russia, and Europe — Vancouver Organizing Committee CEO John Furlong told CBC News Tuesday morning.

Are you interested in being a volunteer at the Olympics? Why or why not?

Do you have an experience volunteering at past Olympic games?

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What do you think of Sumi, Quatchi, and Miga?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | 10:30 AM ET

The three mascots and a sidekick for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are inspired by traditional First Nations creatures, VANOC announced Tuesday.

Miga is a mythical First Nations sea bear that is part killer whale and part Kermode spirit bear, "who lives in the ocean with her family pod, beyond Vancouver Island, near Tofino, British Columbia," according to a VANOC press release.

Quatchi is a "young sasquatch who comes from the mysterious forests of Canada."

The third mascot, Sumi, an animal-guardian spirit, is a Thunderbird that wears the hat of an orca. Sumi will be the mascot of the Paralympics.

The three creatures' sidekick is Mukmuk, a Vancouver Island marmot.

What do you think? Do you like the new mascots?

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What will you do during the two weeks of the Olympics?

Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 11:43 AM ET

Vancouver's Olympic organizing committee is considering asking the public to leave their cars at home, work different hours or consider staying with friends or family downtown during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

VANOC CEO John Furlong spoke to the media Wednesday about possible ways to ease traffic when the games take place between Feb. 12 and 28.

"Is it possible that we would ask people to work with us and leave their cars at home and to use public (transit)? Yes it is," he said. Full Story

What do you think? Will you be in Vancouver during those two weeks, or do you plan to leave?

How willing would you be to change your transportation or work schedule?

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Would you buy a ticket to the 2010 Olympics?

Thursday, October 11, 2007 | 09:56 AM ET

Tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will cost $175 to $1,100 when they go on sale a year from Thursday, the Vancouver Organizing Committee announced.

The committee said approximately 1.6 million tickets for the ceremonies and the various competitions will become available on Oct. 11, 2008.

"The 2010 Winter Games are a global event and demand for tickets will be strong across Canada and around the world," said Dave Cobb, VANOC executive vice-president of revenue, marketing and communications, said in the release. Full Story

You can see the full set of ticket prices here.

What do you think?

Would you pay those prices to see an Olympic event? If so, which one?

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How has Canada Line construction affected you?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 07:00 AM ET
Canada Line construction has cut a divide in Cambie Street's business district for more than a year. (Lisa Johnson/CBC)

The Early Edition is gathering research for a special series on Canada Line construction called The Great Divide.

We want your help to find the stories that matter to you.

Do you have a personal story about how the Canada Line construction has affected you, good or bad?

We want to hear from you, wherever you live or work along the Line.

We also want to hold government officials accountable for promises made about the project.

Were you offered any guarantees about how long construction would last, or what form it would take?

You can send a confidential story tip here, or leave your comment below.

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