Are safety and security the same thing? The security budget for the 2010 Olympics is rapidly approaching $1 billion. Am I safer for $1 billion than I would have been for $500 million? Where does the money come from and where does it go? How much of it is real money and how much of it is simply an accounting exercise?
What a difference a year makes. Two days away from the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and it’s already spring time on the Wet Coast. A year ago at this time we were digging out from one of the most protracted winters on record Where I had two feet of snow in my front yard at this time last year I now have tulips and daffodils sprouting.
Fire Fighting in Canada's western correspondent Paul Dixon begins his Olympics blog tomorrow - Wednesday, Feb. 10 - in advance of the 2010 Olympics, opening Friday in Vancouver.
Dixon will be our eyes and ears on the ground in and around Vancouver, reporting details of emergency responses and tracking the goings on of the region's first responders.
With hundreds of highway coaches set to rumble up and down the winding Sea to Sky Highway for the duration of the Games and fire departments and BC Ambulance Service personnel on alert, Vancouver is well prepared for its time in the spotlight.
We'll keep you posted on the day-to-day goings on that affect our readers - firefighters, EMS workers and other emergency personnel.
Dixon will file nightly reports from downtown Vancouver, or wherever the action takes him.
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