Read as a PDF

In the early 1950s when George Woodcock moved to Vancouver there were few fellow writers and virtually no publishers in the city. By 1994, the year in which Woodcock was awarded the Freedom of the City (Vancouver’s highest civic honour) our writing community had matured and our growing number of publishing houses rivalled the older literary presses in Eastern Canada. Woodcock was an anarchist so he did not have a love of government but he enthusiastically agreed to accept the award because he believed that the city was a bastion of intellectual freedom and that his association to Vancouver through this honour would help ensure that our tradition of mental and physical freedom would not be lost.

As a city, we should not forget George Woodcock and we should not forget the stories that have been recorded by our writers over these years since he first came to this “terminal city” that was dubbed rather unambitiously, the Liverpool of the West. If we are told in 2010 that Vancouver is a world class city then it is our literature that tells us how we got here. Perhaps the question at hand is whether we are indeed a world class city and I would argue that we are but for different reasons than the world will see during the Olympics.

While the Cultural Olympiad is surely impressive: of the 193 events listed on the VANOC website only 6 of them are labelled literary events and only two of them actually are literary events that include local writers: The Vancouver International Writers Festival’s Spoken World and Candahar, a recreation of a Belfast pub that will host readings and performances as curated by Michael Turner, and may turn out to be one of the most inspired creations of the Olympiad.

There are Canadian writers involved in a few of the other 193 listed events but when it comes to the celebration stages our writers are not just neglected, they are totally ignored. As Poet Laureate I was offered time on one of the celebration stages where I would be allowed to read poems that corresponded to themes as provided to me by an Olympic bureaucrat. One of the themes was “equality” but since VANOC had blown the chance of making these Olympics the first gender inclusive Olympics in history by including a female ski jumping event I didn’t think they would appreciate a reading of the one Olympic poem I had written on equality: “In Praise of Female Athletes Who Were Told No: For the 14 female ski jumpers petitioning to be included in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.”

In fact a reading of this poem would violate a clause in the contracts that Vancouver artists signed in order to participate in the Cultural Olympiad:

“The artist shall at all times refrain from making any negative or derogatory remarks respecting VANOC, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Olympic movement generally, Bell and/or other sponsors associated with VANOC.”

I do find this to be an unjust attack on free speech but more importantly it shows that VANOC is misrepresenting Vancouver. Vancouver is the most politically progressive city in North America with a strong history of political activism which most Vancouverites are proud of. Rather than finding a way to celebrate these important attributes VANOC has gone the other way and tried to suppress them. As George Woodcock teaches us: our freedom as a city is a tradition that should be protected and we should not underestimate an attack on that freedom whether symbolic or otherwise.

The muzzle clause, which VANOC says is standard procedure despite the fact nothing like it was included in the Torino or Salt Lake City games, came at a time when our provincial government announced its plans to cut arts funding by as much as 90%. This has put many cultural organizations in jeopardy and created tension in the arts community between those who are now prevented from speaking their mind because of their contracts and those who feel it is the right time to speak up.

In a bold act of ignorance the Federal government has announced their intentions to cut funding to cultural magazines with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies. This issue needs to be highlighted as it illustrates a lack of understanding of the literary community and the purpose of these magazines. Our small press literary magazines should not be judged by the numbers of their readership but in their important role of cultivating Canadian writers. The combined effect of arts cuts at all levels but the civic level means that many important literary publications are in jeopardy. To add it all up from the point of view of the writing community: 2010 is not the year for writers to put on their red mittens and smile.

Vancouverites should also be concerned about the grilling that independent journalist Amy Goodman received while trying to come to Canada while on a book tour. Goodman had no plans of speaking about the Olympics while in Canada and told this to Canadian border guards but they interrogated her on the subject anyway, insisted on reading her notes and then examined her computer in an attempt to find out if she would say anything against VANOC or the Olympics. In the end they allowed her into Canada but served her with a document that demanded she leave the country within 48 hours.

Goodman is a world class journalist whose politics are more closely aligned to that of Vancouverites than those of either our Federal or Provincial governments. Even still you don’t need to share Goodman’s politics to be concerned by the fact that she was restricted from staying in Canada because she has the power and tendency to discuss and report on important political subjects.

If the muzzle clause, the harassment of journalists and the decimation of our cultural funding structures on the eve of the Cultural Olympiad were not enough to upset the ghost of George Woodcock then I’m sure this internal Library memo sent out to Vancouver Public Library staff should do the trick:

“Do not have Pepsi or Dairy Queen sponsor your event. Coke and McDonald’s are the Olympic sponsors. If you are planning a kids’ event and approaching sponsors, approach McDonald’s and not another well-known fast-food outlet. “

“If you have a speaker/guest who happens to work for Telus, ensure he/she is not wearing their Telus jacket as Bell is the official sponsor.”

“ If you have rented sound equipment and it is not Panasonic or you can’t get Panasonic, cover the brand name with tape or a cloth.”

“If you are approaching businesses in your area for support and there is a Rona and Home Depot, go to Rona. If there’s only a Home Depot don’t approach them as Rona is the official sponsor.”

If this is coming from our libraries, the custodians of the written word, where do we find the civic freedom that George Woodcock cherished and represented? Where do we find the essence of our highest civic honour, The Freedom of the City?

As darkly comic as much of this is, I am still not anti-Olympics. For this reason I made two suggestions to an Olympic organizer. The first was that a Canadian poet read one poem each night on one of the celebration stages.  The second suggestion was that they somehow incorporate Al Purdy’s great Canadian poem “Say the Names” into the celebrations. Both of these suggestions were rejected and I in turn declined their offer to publically appear during the Olympic celebrations.

I believe in our literature and I believe it is a better representation of who we are (and from where we have come) than the vision being presented about us by VANOC. I remain excited about events in the Cultural Olympiad but in regard to the Olympic celebrations, without a significant involvement from our writing community, and with restrictions on our freedom, the Olympics are a world class celebration happening in Vancouver rather than a world class celebration of Vancouver.

The great irony is that when we look to celebrate ourselves in 2010 we have simultaneously, if only temporarily, allowed Olympic bureaucrats to ignore and distort the basic principles that make Vancouver a city to be envied. There was something important that Woodcock saw in Vancouver: the freedom to be a great citizen as judged by a civic criteria that was so respectful of freedom that it could even include an anarchist like him as one of its most decorated citizens. Through our artists and through Woodcock and the writers who came after him, we have become a home to great thinking and artistic expression. That needs to be celebrated not muzzled or ignored.

From “SAY THE NAMES”
by Al Purdy

–say the names say the names
and listen to yourself
an echo in the mountains
Tulameen Tulameen
say them like your soul
was listening and overhearing
and you dreamed you dreamed
you were a river
and you were a river
Tulameen Tulameen

excerpt published with permission of Harbour Publishing


  • Pingback: uberVU - social comments

  • 1. payday loans on January 24th, 2010 3:56 am edit

    The author of bradcran.com has written an excellent article. You have made your point and there is not much to argue about. It is like the following universal truth that you can not argue with: We all think, at least once in our lives, that the clock is wrong. Thanks for the info.

  • Pingback: Notes on a World Class City: Why I have declined to participate in … | Drakz Free Online Service

  • Manusha Janakiram on

    Hi Brad,
    Are you interested in talking to CBC Radio’s afternoon show about this?
    Call me…604 662 6130.
    Thanks
    Manusha

  • Pingback: Brad Cran, poet laureate, on boycotting the Olympics |

  • Brad, you’re a whiner and a jerk. No one cares. The Olympics will be the best ever and the visitors from around the world will celebrate the wonderful event. The IOC made the decision about the women ski jumpers and, sadly, that decision was upheld in the Courts. It has nothing to do with VANOC. I know people who work there and they would have loved to see the young women win but they had no way of making that happen. Talk to a lawyer sometime and maybe you’ll learn something.

  • George Bowering on

    Did you read the language, the tone, of that message from “Maggie B”?
    That is the kind of attitude that is in favour of these so-called Olymnpics.

    gb

  • Fantasy_Author on

    IMHO Brad Cran’s decision to decline was childish. Rather than evangelize our region’s poetics with a recital that celebrated the spirit of Vancouver and the Olympics, he threw a tantrum. Then when he didn’t get his way, he went away to pout -like Achilles in his tent. This gives him plenty of personal exposure that I suppose he’s thrilled to receive, and may indeed be the whole purpose of this stunt. I don’t believe this type of behavior warrants giving him a pat on the back.

  • Fantasy-Reader on

    Fantasy_Author – I think Brad’s point is that the gag clause makes him unable to evangelize the spirit of the games, the spirit of the games after all is $$$$ – the athletes are little more than props these days to hang the commercialism off of…

    I can understand why an artist feels there isn’t much to celebrate when billions are poured down the plug hole on a three week boondoggle while at the same time govt. support of cultural things is slashed to the bone and beyond

    Childish ? I disagree – I am in fact rather glad that he isn’t just blindly obedient of the commercial mantra…

  • oh brilliant!

    thank you.

    As we endure yet another 24/7 day of helicopters over our home and studio, (and native land) I find myself humming a ditty from another excellent Canadian artist… “If I Had A Rocket Luncher” … and I’m a pacifist.

    Maggie B… speak with some of the people you trash once in awhile, open up your world and mind. The entire planet would benefit.

  • Rob from Toronto on

    There have been many alarming developments of the sort Brad has highlighed in conjunction with these games from the VANOC, from the City of Vancouver with their efforts to whitewash the city at the expense of personal liberties and from the federal government, who are responsible for the reprehensible behaviour of our border guards (if I’m not mistaken, Goodman isn’t the only one who’s been harassed in the name of muzzling dissent toward the games) and for trying to turn the Olympics into a love-in for the Conservative party. I got turned off a while ago.

    To me, it’s part of a larger trend. Something been going wrong out there for a few years now. Something sinister is afoot. The good people of this world have grown invigilant and given the running of things over to those of lesser character and compromised motive. Little things keep getting taken away from people in the name of order, higher needs, pressing agendas. The time to speak up has come. Thank you Brad Cran for your clarion call.

  • Bravo, Mr. Cran!

    Librarians who co-operate with such nonsense, and other ‘artists’ who sign this ‘muzzle clause’ are a menace to civilization.

    Anyone participating in the ‘Cultural Olympiad has sold out to the totalitarian mindset that has screwed all people in this province who never supported and continue to resist this gangsterish bunch (VANOC and the IOC).

    Would that we had a poet laureate of such principle in Victoria…

  • Brad, I’d be delighted to take your place there to have the opportunity to read the following poem. I think it pertains to the concept of equality. It also has a native theme, just like the Olympics.

    The Wind (December, 2009)
    a poem by Kathy Figueroa

    Carried on the wind
    And whispered by the breeze
    Is the story of Nicole
    Who went north to plant trees
    Twenty-five years old, an artist
    At the start of her career
    She came from Alberta
    From a place called, ‘Red Deer’
    After labouring to keep
    The wilderness green
    She decided to visit her sister
    In Smithers, on Highway 16
    With places to go
    And people to see
    Sometimes it’s hard to get
    From point ‘A’ to point ‘B’
    Bus service is infrequent
    And doesn’t run for free
    So people hitch rides
    Up in northern B.C.
    The first day of summer
    Usually dawns bright and clear
    It has the most daylight
    Hours of the year
    It’s the Summer Solstice
    And National Aboriginal Day
    June 21st… in 2002
    That’s when Nicole went away
    Prince George, or P.G.
    Is also called ‘Prince’
    That’s where she was seen last
    There’s been no trace of her, since
    She was standing
    In front of a gas station
    On the road side
    With a pack on her back
    Hitching a ride
    When she was gone
    The reaction was swift
    And the hunt was on
    For the person that gave her a lift

    The Wind, Part II

    Winter up north
    Is filled with ice and snow
    The temperature drops
    To more than forty below
    People stay inside because
    To go out is to freeze
    And you can hear the wind scream
    As it rips through the trees
    Does the wind know secrets
    That some tried to hide?
    Does it mourn for all
    The First Nations women that died?
    Maybe in those dark months
    The wind shrieks with rage
    Because of what happened
    To girls like Ramona Wilson
    Who was only fifteen years of age
    She’d just called home to say
    That she’d be there, soon
    That day, in Smithers
    1994, on the 11th of June
    Here’s something that
    People hope someone explains:
    A native, aboriginal
    First Nations man
    Made a call to the Smithers
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    And told them where
    They’d find her remains
    But the R.C.M.P. did nothing
    So it appears
    Until a ‘discovery’
    On April 9, 2005
    Confirmed her family’s worst fears
    This was ten months
    After she’d vanished
    Seemingly without a trace
    Was the lack of police action
    Because of her race?
    Delphine Nikal was also fifteen
    June 13th, 1990, hitchhiking
    From Smithers to Telkwa
    Was when she was last seen
    Lana Derrick was enrolled in Forestry Studies
    At Northwest Community College
    Her age was nineteen years
    She vanished hitchhiking
    Near Terrace, west of Smithers
    On the road where sanity disappears
    Tamara Lynn Chipman, 22
    Lana Derrick, 19
    Alishia Germaine, 15
    Nicole Doreen Hoar, 25 (she wasn’t aboriginal)
    Delphine Nikal, 16
    Aielah Katherina Saric-Auger, 14
    Roxanne Thiara,15
    Alberta Gail Williams, 27
    Ramona Lisa Wilson, 15
    These are among those missing or found deceased
    On Highway 16, the Highway Of Tears
    Their families hope and pray
    That the memories
    Of these people won’t fade
    And that one day soon
    Arrests will be made
    Prince George, Burns Lake
    Smithers, Terrace and Prince Rupert
    Haven’t been very safe places to be
    Especially if you’ve got
    First Nations ancestry
    So now a question looms very large
    Why haven’t the R.C.M.P.
    In British Columbia, Canada
    Laid even one charge?
    It really puts their credibility to the test
    When the police in B.C.
    Haven’t even made one arrest
    When the part of society
    That is well served by the police
    Is the part that’s mainly white
    It’s easy to see how First Nations women
    Can just vanish from sight
    And why people who
    Might have knowledge of what happened
    Just don’t want to talk to the law
    So they won’t come forward
    To say what they heard
    Or what they saw
    And if, by chance, they do
    There’s an unusual complication
    The police in P.G. have, in effect, said
    “Well, we can’t just listen to you
    We need not one, but two
    People to come forward
    With the same information”
    That they need two people
    To come forward and talk
    Sounds like some sort of loophole
    To let the bad guys walk
    One day the wind
    Might carry the news
    That justice has been done
    And that, in Canada
    ‘Human rights’ means
    ‘Rights for everyone’

    http://www.highwayoftears.ca/
    http://www.nationalpost.com/m/story.html?id=2149072
    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    Crimestoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS
    Highway of Tears private investigator, Ray Michalko: 1-866-962-5585

  • Pingback: Poetry That Can Be Used in Any Class

  • Congratulations, Brad. As the city’s Poet Laureate, you stood up for literature and the arts in a tough situation. It’s a shame that those who disagreed with you started out with name-calling and accusing you of seeking publicity, without any reference to the important issues that were raised about artistic censorship and lack of repect for the literary arts on the part of VANOC.

  • Brad. Agree with the sentiment but not with your decision. A creative person like you would find a way to say what needs to be said – muzzled or not. You decision not to participate is a little childish, no?

    VANOC: We don’t need to muzzle our artists. Not cool.

  • Dear sir:
    I listened to your radio comments with great interest, particularly regarding the minor insults to democracy ( Amy Goodman, the young anti-Olympic activist from Chicago, my girlfriend…). I was amused in my youth by the film “Robocop”, and I am horrified in my aged years to see the hijack of democracy in Canada by the VANOC corporate apparatus, with the willing assistance of CBSA (love those FASCIST uniforms, BDSM, anyone?) My father sacrificed his youth bombing NAZIS, but they won anyways. Taking up arms would be futile, we have become a nation of gutless, sniveling impotents…. WORLD CLASS, indeed.
    Donald Swift

  • I appreciate your courage in using your position as Poet Laureate to speak out about what is going on in our city and province and country — and even our library. The muzzling of artists, especially those whose art is word-based, smacks not only of censorship, but of thought control.
    If you were interested in wallowing in glory, Brad, you’d be up there mainstage, spouting the VANOC/IOC party line.
    When archaeologists dig up our remains, they will likely conclude that Coke bottles were our religious icons.
    Thank you for doing your part in exposing this powermongering Emperor in our midst — the Almighty Games — for the naked corporate promo beast he/it has sadly become.

  • Thanks for speaking out, Brad. I wish more of our artists and musicians had your courage. Cuts to arts and cultural organizations show what boors our political leaders really are in spite of the “Cultural Olympiad”. VANOC’s gag rules are truly outrageous and reveal yet again that the 2010 Olympics are simply a corporate scam.

  • Ohhh cry me a river, the olypmics is not your political soap box. If you don’t have anything nice to say about VANCO you shoulnt be preforming at one of there events. The Olypmics are about the worlds best athletes going for gold everything else should be left at the door.

  • Laura Robinson on

    Hi Brad:

    Well done. I am here covering the Games, but wrote a piece in the Literary Review Canada in the January-February on human rights and the Olympics.
    Many writers are concerned about this. At the Play the Game conference in Coventry this June, we wrote the Coventry Declaration after writer Chris Shaw told us about his experiences. You can see it and other critical work about sport at http://www.playthegame.org.
    Thanks for supporting the women ski jumpers. When I was a competitive cyclist there was no cycling for women at the Games.

    Cheers,
    Laura Robinson

  • Thanks for standing up and for the articulate statement, Brad.
    Maggie B. might benifit from reading this interesting essay by Mosi Alvand, co-owner of the Olympia Restaraunt who have been under pressure from vanoc since 2005
    http://www.998denman.com/Page2.html

    he notes that the IOC and VANOC keep passing the buck re: the women skiers: “Now that a BC Supreme Court judge ruled the IOC has no jurisdiction in Canada respective of women ski jumpers and Canada’s Charter of Rights, and that the ball is in VANOC’s court to do the right thing, Furlong doesn’t step up.”

  • Pingback: Strange Places » from refrain to decline

  • Thank-you for your bravery. A friend recently reminded me of a nice Martin Luther King Jr. quote “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy.” It is very hard for people to separate criticism of the Olympic Machine from the Olympic Dream and debate descends into a threat to people’s faith and “belief”. Peer pressure to “just keep quiet” reigns us.

    I participated in a very small protest against the Olympics in my home of Deep Cove yesterday, and I felt quite anxious about revealing myself to my community. Surprisingly, a number of people came up to us (all six of us) and thanked us for standing up. They said that they were too scared themselves.

  • Lachlan Murray on

    Well done, Brad. You decided to give VANOC’s thought police the finger, which they so richly deserve. I’m glad the message is getting out there that not all of us are for sale.

    Long after the temporary high of these Olympic Games has passed, freedom of speech will still be of utmost importance. Are we willing to trade it for two weeks of festivities?

  • Good for you Brad. Between you and Bramwell Tovey there’s some integrity left in all this.

    George

  • Many thanks for this, Brad. I was pleased to post the link on my Facebook page yesterday and to have othe friends eagerly re-post it. A hardcopy of it was even being passed around UBC today. It’s a good message to spread.

    Yrs.,

    Jill

  • Thank you Brad for speaking up for the other side of the podium.I am proud to have been on the jury that selected you for poet laureate.

    We are running “the human race” at City Hall in Victoria on Saturday, no contracts, no clauses. You would be welcome to read your poem here.

    I don’t think Mr Hartnell will be there (he would appear to be out looking for “mansions” and “heiresses” in all the wrong places).

    I’ve been sending Gordo BC poetry books for his information. Do you think ghe’s been shredding them to make artificial snow?

    Rock on.

    xo Linda

  • Yay, Brad, we honour you for standing up for what you believe in, and what we all MUST fight for, our right to free speech.

  • Kudos to Cran,

    Far from being a “childish tantrum”, Brad Cran’s decision has elevated a point of view within the debate, a perspective that considers the effects of globalization and the direction of future Olympics. How can long-term thinking (that also reaches into the past to invoke the spirit of George Woodcock) be labeled “childish”?

    a dozen pats on the back Brad Cran,
    Kevin Spenst

  • Brad, thank you! Read your poem on female atheletes, which is great, and couldn’t agree more with your reasoning here. I hope this is read widely. I will certainly be circulating it!

  • Pingback: Kudos to Cran « Kevin Spenst

  • Pingback: News Room :: Vancouver Olympics replacing art with advertising?

  • I applaud you Brad for not shying away from stating your beliefs and highlighting the hypocrisy and the distasteful truths about the Corporate Olympics.

    I would have loved for you to have been able to accept the invitation and then read this statement. That Vanoc vets all material first and required artists not to speak or act aginst them– hmmm, so much for our “true north strong and free”]

  • How disappointing and childish indeed. As many have said no-one cares Brad. I hope you eventually grow up and share your talent with everyone.

    Corporations aren’t all bad, without them these Olympics would not be possible. And while I truly appreciate your talent and much of your work, the Olympic brand is very important to protect, so I don’t find it surprising that they want to prevent people they are paying or asking to participate to not badmouth them. Shame you don’t understand that.

    Also a shame in retrospect that they invested/wasted their time asking you to participate. Maybe when you grow up. Maybe.

  • Pingback: Receiving Thanks and Praise - The View from the Other Side

  • Re: andrew (above)

    You’re right that the Olympics would not be possible without corporations, and I think it’s most unfortunate that the modern Olympics are such a nasty piece of corporate work. The athletes themselves are terrifically admirable; VANOC and the IOC are reprehensible. There’s nothing “childish” about pointing out the deep, deep problems of the latter.

    Thank you, Brad, for taking the stand you have and for writing this post. Contrary to what andrew and others have said, there are plenty of people who care very much.

  • Well Heather, we’re living in ‘modern’ times, and ‘modern’ times require corporate sponsorship. Those sponsorship dollars are many and a company that pays for them, wants to ensure their sponsorships are respected. How is a corporation that wants to preserve their brand nasty and reprehensible?

    I’m sure you too Heather don’t get it, and that’s fine, but really all a waste of time when Brad could have had some great exposure, and it would have been wonderful to have such a marvelous talent shared with the world.

    The gag order he was so offended by is likely similar to an agreement I, and many others sign as part of my employment contract with the company I work for. It’s not a big deal, and likely would not be enforceable in court. And yes, it has many specifics that’s not a surprise.

    And is it really unreasonable to ask someone that you are asking to participate in an event to not bad mouth you during and after?

    It’s a shame, that’s all.

  • Fergus McCallion on

    The reality of Canadian culture is that we are inclusive and that means including all cultures and points of view. We are unusual in the world in that we continue to work at bringing all peoples and their viewpoints onboard and we don’t stop and exclude others. We continue to work at it. We persist. Your average Joe Canadian knows this and is aware of this culture and thats why the corporate VANOC/IOC approach of undermining this culture rankles so much. That is why we need people like Brad Cran to stand up and be counted. To remind us of our culture so we can celebrate it and this Olympics should be about allowing us to show our culture to the world and to surprise people with our acceptance of differences.
    GO CANADA!!

  • Well stated Brad!
    One who has principles and understands when freedom is breached, by a simple line or clause in a contract — stands up and says NO.

    Too many individuals fail to recognize the amount of power one’s decisions really have. Vote with your wallet or your feet, otherwise you may find you have no choices left. I don’t support the corporization of my nation.

    I’m shocked and appalled regarding ‘the letter of compliance’ to the PUBLIC LIBRARY! WTF? This smecks of breaking anti competitive laws?? If I was in PR or advertising, I would suggest to any company verboten from the list to sponsor the Library and challenge the law. That’s publicity advertising money can’t buy.
    Sad, really.

    andrew [February 14th, 2010 1:00 pm] doesn’t know what a snool* he is, yet.
    *[snoop & fool] – your corp doesn’t love you and will throw you under the bus, when it’s convenient for them. Until then, keep drinking the KoolAid, but don’t condescend to me. k?

    Fantasy-Reader [February 10th, 2010 7:16 pm]
    Hear, hear!

    Maggie B -[February 10th, 2010 6:21 pm]
    bullshit!

    You may want to read what Laura Robinson said regarding the fascist IOC. Wake up sir, we are not in the middle ages – as you subscribe.
    http://reviewcanada.ca/essays/2010/01/01/a-shameful-track-record/

    *waves madly at Laura Robinson*

    A hellan essay!

  • Mr. Cran,

    I just want to express my support of your stand. And I also was happy to read your discussion about Woodcock and his ongoing symbolic importance to Vancouver (and everywhere, hopefully)

    Jocko Benoit

  • Am old and not computer literate and have no idea what “website”. I do wish Notes on a World Class City were on Facebook as so many folks of different opinions could read it. I only pursued various sites after being critical to The Tyee for awarding silver to Koyczan. Am pleased today to see that Brad Cran got a double gold! Am totally embarrassed by a typo wherein I called him Brad Chan…(I was in a snit when I wrote the comment). I really would like the “Notes” to be widely available to mainstream people.

  • Pingback: Hellbound » Welcome to the Hellbound.ca Archives » Heavy Metal on Hellbound.ca featuring reviews, interviews, news, blogs, and much more

  • “…the Olympics are a world class celebration happening in Vancouver rather than a world class celebration of Vancouver.”

    That’s right, Mr. Cran. It’s a big corporate sponsored show. It’s not the government. It does not remove free speech, but makes commissions based on its themes and goals. “Equality” seems pretty wide open to me. As poet laureate, I would expect you to be an articulate creative professional and speak when given the opportunity to address an international community.

    I was sent this page in response to my posting this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqbGil_X5mE

  • Mr. Cran, please also do us the courtesy of removing the 50+ spam advertisements in your comments section. It would go a long way to showing you are paying attention to this issue and your readers’ responses to your political boycott.

  • Pingback: Canadian Poet Laureate Brad Cran on the Vancouver Olympics « Also a Parable

  • Pingback: Introspections » Blog Archive » Why I Protested the Vancouver Olympics

  • Hi Brad,

    I liked your image of the women’s hockey team celebrating in contrast to the snowboarder after they won the gold medal. I am thinking to post this in our Vancouver based soccer magazine with your permission.

    Please let me know if we can use it.

    Thank you,

    Carrie

  • Well said. Lots oppose the Olympics but few have been as articulate. I wish more had been so in 2003 during the plebicite, but then the Olympic sponsors who supply the information to voters weren’t going to print it at that time anyway.

    It’s interesting you have quite good well written comments aside from the spam. And the Olympic supporters nonsensical tone is very clear: “Childish” from people who are name calling, “who cares” from people who are bothering to write comments, “lots have said” from someone clearly in the minority parroting some kind of talking point? And then all the defense of corporatism for the sake of it, not that you are arguing weird but just because they want to.

    “Zombies” is the word that comes to mind.

  • Bravo, Mr. Cran!
    Librarians who co-operate with such nonsense, and other ‘artists’ who sign this ‘muzzle clause’ are a menace to civilization.
    Anyone participating in the ‘Cultural Olympiad has sold out to the totalitarian mindset that has screwed all people in this province who never supported and continue to resist this gangsterish bunch (VANOC and the IOC).
    BTW Just wanted to say I love you website.

  • I’ve organized several exhibitions at the Fashion Institute of Technology in my previous years and am at the moment earning a living on a forum for that market.

  • you’re truly a just right webmaster. The site loading speed is incredible. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a magnificent task in this subject! gkkegdcdekea

  • I read a lot of interesting content here. Probably you spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you
    a lot of time, there is an online tool that creates unique,
    google friendly posts in seconds, just search in google – laranitas free content source

  • Your method of telling everything in this ppost is in fact pleasant,
    every one be capable of without difficulty understand
    it, Thanks a lot.


© Brad Cran .

Go Back to Top