It will be nice to hear something besides the Olympics on TV.
I have mixed feelings about the world’s biggest sports bash. My issue isn’t with the athletes, it’s about the attitude that “my country is better than your country because we won more gold medals.”
We should be proud of our athletes, they are wonderful, but whether they win medals is to do with them, not with our status as a nation. If medals were the criteria, Russia would be the best nation in the world.
The pressure on athletes is a bit much too.
What would our reaction have been if, horrors, our men’s hockey team had come in second?
Then there is the humongous amount of money spent by the host country to “outdo” the previous hosts, but that’s another story.
Grumps aside, the Olympics are a fact of life so we might as well enjoy them.
My favourite events are figure skating (especially the dance) and hockey.
The women’s gold medal game will surely go down in history as one of the most notable comeback stories. What a show that was.
Everyone feels good about the men’s game, with a hometown hero in Carey Price.
Carey’s after-game interview on TV was a class act. He’s not only the world’s No. 1 goalie, he came across as a Number 1 person.
Anahim Lake claims Carey and rightfully so, but the whole Cariboo Chilcotin is proud of him.
The future of the New Prosperity Mine should be known by the end of this week. One of the concerns over the project has to do with waste disposal. Taseko Mines Ltd. says not to worry, those concerns are based on misinformation.
Time will tell, but two new studies on two different Canadian mining operations tell scary stories about mine effluent. More about that next week.
Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.