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Sport and Politics


There was a time when I was idealistic about sports, and it being non political.  It seems now that it is more politics than sport.  We have governing bodies with lobby groups, we have bribery, cut throat back room deals, and all in the pursuit of the mighty dollar.

The current controversy is over the new Russian anti-gay laws, which while I read, I cannot claim I truly understand all their implications, and the fact that the next winter Olympics are due to be held in Sochi, Russia (the fact that Sochi is sub-tropical, and was awarded winter games is another controversy entirely).

Lots of prominent people are saying to boycott the games, or to stage them elsewhere.  The second option I can support somewhat, the first, I feel is up to the individual athlete, because really who does a boycott hurt but the athlete?  What I really want is to still be an idealist, and have the Olympics where there were awarded, keep politics out of it.  They should be a thing ono their own, with their own police, a UN task force maybe?

I know, I know, I’m reaching.  Just seems very frustrating that so many of these events get caught up in the turmoil of politics.  I do not support the law in question, nor do I support any law that discriminates against anyone, but I wish there were away to separate the politics from the games.

Feeling more and more like its time to scrap them altogether, because they are just used as a tool, not as a celebration anymore.

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Shit or get off the pot Halifax!


That’s what my Dad used to say about people who waffled.  Though he likely wouldn’t have called it waffling or indecisive, I’m sure he’d have had other more colorful terms.

But in whatever terms you want to use, Halifax needs a leader, or council that will do just that.

No matter what your take is on the issues here, you have to agree that the current council’s policy of ignore it till it goes away doesn’t work.

Come on people make a decision and stick to it. Are you going to sell St. Pats? or not? Keep the oval? or not? Allow beer sponsorship? or not?

And one more that seems to have fallen off the radar again, a stadium for the FIFA Women’s world cup.  We wanted to host a game or more, and for that we need a stadium. Deadlines to say yay or nay have come and gone. 

Maybe the council read too much Douglas Adams who said “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

In some ways I’d like a stadium, to be able to host world class events, to maybe get a CFL team.  But I also understand money could be spent on schools and roads which we need too.  What I don’t agree with is the way council seems to just want to delay the decision till its too late to actually make one. “Oh, I’m sorry we can’t get a stadium now because we missed the deadline, studying it to death”  Come on Peter Kelly et al, shit or get off the pot already!

And my last rant for this one, we are in the middle of a transit strike here, affecting a great many people getting to school and work.  And what does council decide? We don’t need a meeting today, not enough on the agenda.  And they then even waffled on that decision.

I’ve never been much into municipal politics, but changes are needed. Whether those already there can change themselves remains to be seen, but if not, I’ll be casting my municipal vote for the first time ever soon.

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