Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olympics No; Expo Yes

Email to the Toronto Star. Published August 7, 2012

Re Olympic games an opportunity we can't pass up, Aug. 2.

Royson James is right and wrong. He is correct in advocating an extravaganza that involves financial support from the provincial and federal governments. He is wrong in opting for the Olympics.

There is more to life that hyper-developed athletes and their groupies. Rather than a grunt and groan sweatfest, Toronto deserves something for the mind -- an Expo.

Anyone who witnessed the brilliant success of Expo 67 in Montreal fully appreciates the value of such an event. It was a shining moment in Canada's history when more than one million visitors passed through the gates.

It's time for another shining moment. This time in Toronto.

Olympics last only a few days (thank goodness). Expos last months (thank goodness). And the Expo legacy vastly outshines Olympic leftovers, especially after the boys from Switzerland have taken their share. Olympics no; Expo yes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good point. Vancouver's Expo 86 was wonderful as well, and more beneficial to its visitors and the city than the Olympics.