Stations of the Cost – The Winter Olympics – The Real Cost

kinnon —  February 11, 2010 — 2 Comments


John Santic is one of the many good people I've met in my mostly generative time on the interwebs. I've also had the pleasure of meeting him in person in Vancouver a few years back.

John has a very big heart. And like many others, he's concerned at what The Winter Olympics have wrought in his fair city – especially in regard to the "least of these."

John has chosen his art form, photography, combined with poetry to tell the liturgical story of the Stations of the Cost.

‘(There) are fourteen images with poetic reflections on the social, economic, and environmental issues surrounding the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In the pattern of the ancient Christian Liturgy, the ‘Stations of the Cross’, we want to help you recognize that many are suffering as a result of the Olympics as low cost housing disappears, government debt increases, the environment erodes, and the poor are criminalized. Our hope is to bring attention to these issues because we are inspired by a vision of equality, justice, healing, and well being for all people.

Please make a point of visiting John's Stations of the Cost site and pray for Vancouver and the real costs of these "Games."



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Stations of the Cost – The Winter Olympics – The Real Cost

  1. Oh, that’s good. I’ve always been very pro-Olympics in terms of the actual events. (Well, only the Winter Olympics….who am I kidding?) But this year, many of these voices have made me reconsider that. I end up being of two minds almost. I agree wholeheartedly with this and pray for the whole spectacle. The run up to the Games is overwhelming here, you are right on. Seeing the waste and focus is sobering to say the least.

    And yet, there is a big part of me that is ecstatic and so excited. Yipee! The Olympics are here! It’s so exciting and I want to park my rear end in front of CTV for the next month and watch every single human interest story.

    I’m a fickle woman. 🙂

  2. I really don’t have much use for the Olympics anymore, it’s corporate greed on steroids. Nothing more than organized international crime under the disguise of sports. I look at the situation in Rio, the site of the 2016 summer Olympics, 3,500 murders in the city, abject poverty backs right up on to most of the Olympic venues, gang warfare is rampant…hmmm, I guess that might be a plus the can hire their security locally and boost the economy. Nope, sorry to say Vancouver 2010…I’ll be tuned out.


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