Saturday, February 2, 2008

Poverty Olympics

On February 3 Raise the Rates Coalition in Vancouver, Canada is hosting its 'Poverty Olympics.' The organizers have chosen the name to bring the attention not only of the Canadian government but also of the world on the number of homeless and extremely poor in Canada. As one of the organizers suggested in bitterness, people coming to Vancouver for 2010 Winter Olympics will only see beatiful hotels and resorts, having no idea that the number of homeless in Vancouver is many times more than the number of athletes visiting from all over the world. The Olympic games have an enormous influence in bringing people from all over the world together. And so it is precisely the time to come together against poverty and realize that we are all in it together. An apt analogy by the coalition.

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