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Published on Feb 3, 2008
The first Poverty Olympics were a light-hearted affair with an important message at Carnegie Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside ghetto on Feb. 3. Activists used the satirical event to warn organizers of Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics that time is running out to fulfill the five-year-old housing and environmental promises. Organizer Jean Swanson said the provincial and federal governments have a golden opportunity to use their multibillion-dollar surpluses to end homelessness and reduce poverty before the world arrives for the 2010 Games.