Monday, January 18th, 2010
Of course the cameras are there to stay once they go up. Wake up, Canada, for goodness sake, and resist the tyranny. Your national Privacy Commissioner warned you about this, right before they went after him for the sort of expense indiscretions everyone in Ottawa is guilty of.
Flashback: B.C. to get license-plate scanning system | Cops with cameras future of policing: Vancouver chief | Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic Crackdown | Pre-Olympic transit ads encourage citizen surveillance | Tanks, Face-Scanning Cameras Part of ‘Discreet’ 2010 Games Security | Vancouver Olympics security cameras raise privacy concerns
January 18, 2010
Security personnel are installing hundreds of closed circuit surveillance cameras around downtown Vancouver in preparation for the Olympics, but questions remain about whether or not many of the cameras will be removed after the Games.
By the time the installations are completed over the next 10 days, an estimated 900 RCMP cameras will be eyeing the crowds around Olympic venues like BC Place Stadium and GM Place. They will be watching for possible criminal activity and medical emergencies.
Another 90 cameras are being set up by the city of Vancouver at the two LiveCity party sites at West Georgia and Cambie Streets and David Lam Park, and along the makeshift pedestrian malls on West Georgia, Granville and Robson Streets.
The cameras are scheduled to be turned on Feb. 1.
The RCMP said its cameras are rented and will be removed after the Games. But the city’s plan for its monitoring equipment has not been finalized.