As we get closer to the start of the Games, the downtown core of Vancouver is being ‘duct-taped’ around building perimeters –with kilometers of security fencing and swaths of green-blue, Olympic fabric material.
It was funny to see an actor duct-taped on the Canadian comedy sitcom show, ‘Red Green’, or duct tape slapped on as the all-purpose construction bonding material by Red Green (played by Steve Smith). But the Olympic security duct-taping is not amusing.
We respect the security and the need for these measures. However it is disappointing that views for some newly designed permanent sports venues, Olympic Athletes’ Village, temporary
pavilions and key natural waterfront views by the Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre, are being plastered up. Some of the natural waterfront beauty at ground level is obscured, in the downtown area , where many visitors will walk, cycle, drive or take a local ferry.
At this time, the city is hobbling along as fast as it can with its security bandages, public security
cameras, traffic control personnel, and inflated, rubber security booms to control water vessel traffic. Over 6,000 additional police officers from across Canada and internationally will be based out of rented cruise ships at Ballantyne Pier. The Pier area named as the Olympic Marine Security Zone, and Olympic Village are off-limits to the public.
Since last week, every day we hear the drone of helicopters and planes making their training flights overhead as the pilots become proficient with the city’s geography.
Just another normal ‘procedure’. No worries. We hope that’s all it will be.