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Toxic leaching

Geologists have given warning that developers must take full account of the geology beneath the Olympic park and, more widely, in the Thames Gateway area from Tower Bridge to Thurrock.

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Rank & File Building Workers Meeting

UK Rank and File Builders Committee Meeting

On Monday 27th November the UK Rank and File Builders Committee met in central London to discuss issues concerning the proposed building works on the 2012 Olympic Stadium. This included speakers and workers representing Trade Unions such as the GMB, TGWU, UCATT, AMICUS, EPIU and currently working on building sites such as the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wembley Stadium, Kingscross, and T5 were also present.

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Paying for 'Affordable' Housing

London, according to the housing minister Yvette Cooper, has a shortage of 20,000 three-bedroom homes.

So it is welcome that this week Cooper has announced new planning policies to oblige local authorities to ensure the provision of family homes, and to demand open space for children in new developments. In so doing, she also acknowledges another truth, which is that actions so far to provide decent affordable housing in London are failing.


Travellers and residents object to move

MACHINERY has been digging up small parts of a Stratford park, prompting fears that the land is being prepared for building work even before permission has been granted.

The London Development Agency (LDA) has applied to demolish a playground, community centre and sports pitches in Major Road to make way for travellers who are being forced off their Clays Lane home on the Olympic site.


An Inside Job

Three months ago, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the body charged with building infrastructure for the event, chose a group known as CLM to become its “delivery partner”, helping oversee the enormous project.


Proposed Gypsy and Traveller site on Hackney Marshes

Planning Application 2006/3212

Notes produced by Hackney Marsh User Group.

A planning application has been submitted by Turley Associates, London Development Agency agents, to the London Borough of Hackney. It can be seen on the LDA website.

A copy of the application has been sent to HMUG with the request that comments are submitted within 21 days - ie by December 20th. We have seen no public notices of this planning application.

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Off yer bike

AFTER more than 30 years as home to London's cycle-racing scene, the Eastway Cycle Circuit in London's Lee Valley was closed in November to make way for the 2012 Olympics.

When the Olympic and Legacy planning permissions were granted in 2004, one of the conditions for the main Olympic Park site in Lee Valley was that the Olympic strategy should "ensure the continuity of suitable circuit facilities throughout the Olympic Construction"

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Building solidarity

... rather than playing into that eminently regeneration game of 'sustainable communities' and 'dangerous classes', it seems to me that the whole idea of a 'People's Plan' needs to be predicated on contact and awareness between the many different groups and individuals in this area who have the most to lose from the Olympics happening.

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Ken guarantees 'No council tax rise'

Ken Livingstone has issued a "firm guarantee" that there will be no increase to London Council Tax bills to fund the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Speaking to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London earlier today the Mayor said:

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'We're being left out' says Leader of Haringey Council

A mass demand for supplies and services - from builders and plumbers to snack sellers - means that the Olympics has unparalleled short-term earning potential for local business people.

But Haringey has been left out of an elite group of boroughs which will club together to raise training and job opportunities for the people who live there. They are Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich,

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Foreign Journalists' restrictions eased for Beijing Games

Reporters Without Borders has hailed a foreign ministry decision, taken under international pressure, to loosen regulations for foreign journalists working in China.


IOC excludes women ski jumpers

……the International Olympic Committee, …… recently decided to block women ski jumpers from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

And get this, IOC member and FIS President Gian Franco Kasper told National Public Radio that ski jumping "seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view." What planet is this guy living on? Sure ski jumping is dangerous. But so is downhill racing or luge competition or ski cross.

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Newham's Olympic clock-up in Stratford

The Olympic countdown clock is 48 days out The official countdown clock for the London Olympics is running 48 days fast.

Embarrassed officials today admitted that anyone taking notice of the timepiece would turn up on Friday 8 June, 2012. But they would have to wait until 27 July for the opening ceremony.


Poor sports facilities go with low levels of sporting activity

The English may be obsessed with sport - but for half of the population that does not go beyond picking up the remote control.

A study of nearly 364,000 people in every corner of the country, commissioned by Sport England, reveals half of the population are doing no exercise at all.

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Top Canadian skiers join climate change campaign

Two of Canada's top winter Olympians are joining environmentalist David Suzuki to fight global warming.

Skier Thomas Grandi and his wife cross-country skier Sara Renner were in Calgary Friday telling reporters they've personally witnessed the impact of climate change in the mountains where they ski.

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Displacement of Private Tenants

Probable impacts of the Lower Lea Valley Developments (particularly the Olympics phase) on tenants in privately rented accommodation.

It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth.
Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859

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2010 Olympic development driving up homelessness in Vancouver

E-mail from to 2010WATCH, 14 12 06

I have been doing some filming for a documentary that will focus on Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Games. For the past month and a half we have been focusing on the issue of homelessness in the city.

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The Spanish Housing Crisis

From 20 November to 1 December 2006, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, conducted a mission to Spain to examine the status of realization of the right to adequate housing….

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Sort out Olympic doping in house. Caborn

In late November, the leader of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suggested to Britain's House of Commons that legislation should be passed prior to the 2012 Olympic Games that will make doping a punishable crime.

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Chicago HOT for 2016 Olympics

At what was basically a pep rally Tuesday for the city's business elite, Mayor Richard M. Daley touted Chicago as the best city for the U.S. bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Daley listed several reasons why Chicago should be chosen, including its position as one of the top economic centers in the world, its ability to handle large crowds, its residents' love of athletic competitions and the natural beauty of the city -- with Lake Michigan providing a backdrop for many of the events. Daley also said the Chicago proposal has the benefit of being compact. All the athletes would be located within 15 minutes of the venues where they would compete, he said.

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Siemens Athens 2004 security bribing prosecuted

The chairman of the Siemens Group in Greece and another senior company official testified Wednesday before a prosecutor investigating possible wrongdoing in the awarding of a major security contract for the Athens 2004 Olympics, court officials said.

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Darling doesn't grant CPO (must be some mistake! ed)

So the Government (Alastair Darling) has given the Government (the LDA) its compulsory purchase order. No surprise there then. Indeed it would be interesting to imagine the phone conversation that would have transpired if he hadn’t.


Unique albino deer herd threatened by developers in upstate New York

any rare and ultra-photogenic endangered species in Olympic lands that could aid the campaign?

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Kelsang Nortso's Day

Greetings everybody. Welcome to the first day of my Solar New Year. Which day I hereby name Kelsang Nortso Day. Read and see the video of my story of the day below.

Martin Slavin

The Chinese authorities are trying to limit the number of climbers on Mount Everest’s north side in Tibet. Officially the Chinese are preparing a trial run of the torch relay for the Olympic Games on the summit, but many speculate that the real reason is that Everest is close to Cho Oyu where Chinese army guards shot at Tibetan refugees in September.

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Make 'em an offer they cain't refuse

A Chinese Government campaign requiring Tibetan villagers to rebuild their houses under strict official specifications is leading to poverty rather than boosting economic development, according to a report by the New York based Human Rights Watch.

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