The World Police and Fire Games begin July 31, 2009 in Vancouver at B.C. Place Stadium.
Darts, golf, shooting, wrist wrestling, hockey, basketball and boxing are just some of the sports on the menu for the 10-day Pemberton to Chilliwack event.
There might be a campaign to add the new sport of .08 Blow.
B.C. media was abuzz with news in the last week of October that three police officers are under suspicion of drinking and driving:
RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson has a Jan. 15 promise to appear in court. He is under investigation after a motorcyclist died in an Oct. 25 Tsawwassen crash.
New Westminster Police Const. Tomi Hamner has a Dec. 17 promise to appear in court. She is under investigation after an Oct. 16 single-vehicle crash in North Vancouver involving a NWPD vehicle.
RCMP Cpl. Darren Baker goes on trial Feb. 3 in connection with a Dec. 15, 2007 incident.
Hamner and Baker are school liaisons. Robinson was part of the squad that is under investigation for the Taser death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport. He was transferred to the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit — the RCMP led Olympic security detail.
The Dziekanski incident made global headlines. Why one of the cops from that incident would be shifted to V2010 ISU is a mystery. What kind of message is the RCMP trying to send the rest of the world invited to the Olympic province?
News and views on Vancouver 2010 (and beyond) from Bob Mackin.