The 2010 Winter Olympics has been a controversial topic in BC since the first glimmers of its conception started to be tossed about on the political playing field. The multi-billion dollar production will push Vancouver onto the world stage and potentially alter perceptions of British Columbia for many years to come. Thousands of new visitors will flock to the province wanting to participate in an historic event, hopefully bringing back to their home nations stories and experiences that will encourage even more people to come visit. It is an event geared towards showcasing British Columbia’s beauty, resources and culture to the world through fraternity, friendly competition and global friendship. This description of the Olympics, however, is simply the whitewashed storybook tale of an event that really should be seen as one of the province’s great contemporary shames.