While doing some research about the costs of constructing and renovating sports venues for the Olympics, I came across a CTV.ca article, published in February 2006.
The cost of building venues for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics has jumped to $580 million, pushing the cost of the Games up by 23 per cent.
Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee CEO John Furlong said the $110-million increase is a product of the city’s thriving building industry.
Realizing that the article has already been published in 2006, I searched The Canadian Newsstand for a more up to date figure, and found the following articles from December 2007.
- Prince George Citizen
Olympics on budget track, officials claim
The committee, known as VANOC, says it’s even been able to save a little cash. […] The $580-million budget for Games venue construction includes a rainy day fund, which VANOC was forced to tap earlier in the planning process when building costs ballooned.
- The Gazette
2010 organizers top fundraising goal
Venue construction for the event remains on schedule and within the $580-million budget, the Vancouver Organizing Committee said in its report on the fourth quarter of the 2007 fiscal year.
- The Ottawa Citizen
Vancouver beats goal
Venue construction for the event remained on schedule and within the $580-million budget, VANOC added.
No word about the fact that the $580 millions have already been an amendment to the original budget of $470 millions which makes it practically impossible for Vanoc to remain within the budget, let alone “to save a little cash”.
I feel strongly reminded to the twisted reality described in Orwell’s novels. You’d almost think that a Winston Smith has been at work, revising newspaper articles to match The Party’s contemporaneous, official version of the past.
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