Oh, no Canada at opening?

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER -- Not enough French culture. Too much First Nations dancing. Nothing about Canada’s cultural mosaic.

The criticism for the 2010 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony, produced by Australian David Atkins, went far and wide. It even overshadowed the malfunction of the Olympic cauldron in the climax of the three-hour pageant at B.C. Place Stadium.

VANOC CEO John Furlong said Wednesday that efforts are being made to reflect Canada’s multicultural diversity in the Feb. 28 closing ceremony. But he offered no hints.

“In the opening ceremony we did a very good job of showing Canada,” Furlong said. “We had a goal to tell a story and at the closing ceremony we will have a very certain kind of celebration. I don't think (there will be) any doubt when the ceremonies are over who we are and who's here in terms of our country."

Representatives of Vancouver multicultural groups have demanded a meeting with VANOC. The Olympic city’s Chinese and South Asian communities vastly outnumber Francophones and First Nations people.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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