The Vancouver Sun had this roundup from Feb. 11. Bears and pot make for compelling story lines.
I’ve never felt the need to don bear bells with my ski helmet at Whistler Blackcomb -although I have run into those four-legged Whistler residents in other seasons. But the Christian Science Monitor’s Olympics blog on “Five events you won’t see on TV,” just might make them a hot seller for the Olympics.
“The luge track, which snakes through the trees -avoiding the need for a clearcut -has proven extremely friendly to wildlife,” reads the Five Events post. “One Canadian luge athlete described how he was set to launch himself down the track when he saw a “huge black thing.” Next thing he knew, a bear had its claws in the side of the track. His teammates have also had run-ins with bears, while visiting Europeans apparently have pet local raccoons.
At least the bears aren’t smoking dope, as apparently everyone else in Vancouver is doing if some of the stories circulating about us around the world are to be believed.
In its story, “Vancouver – marijuana friendly city,” Poland’s Dziennik writes: Vancouver is a unique city, the most tolerant of soft drugs in the history of the Games . . . . Formally, marijuana smoking is prohibited in Canada. But in fact there is almost universal consent to the use of such drugs, particularly in the west of the country,” reads Google’s translation, although something may have been lost in translation.