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Re: 2015 PAN-AM Games in Toronto

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:06 pm
by CielOnTap
The Hamilton Spectator had a special section in today's paper for the Games. There was a good story about the medals created for the 2015 Games:

Each of the medals for the 825 medal events of the two Games is slightly different from the others, says a spokesperson for Ottawa's Royal Canadian Mint, which made the medals using a process called "mokume gane" to fuse the materials.

"It dates back to Japanese sword-making," says Christine Aquino, director of communications at the Mint, which also made the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

"It gives a wood-grain effect, a motif. All the medals are unique … the wood grain texture is different every time."

The medals were designed with input from Christi Belcourt, a Métis visual artist and, Toronto2015 organizers say, highlight Aboriginal traditions of welcoming guests and celebrating the beauty of the natural world. For the first time, there will be inscriptions in Braille on the medals.

The Toronto Star had an article covering the Tuesday womens' water polo matches in Markham:

Among the activites in Hamilton for the Games will be an international food court on Ottawa Street North featuring six food trucks daily from July 11-26!

Re: 2015 PAN-AM Games in Toronto

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:46 am
by CielOnTap
Hamilton's West Harbour GO station began two morning trips today! There will be two afternoon trips too.

Pan Am Games event ticketholders have to show their event tickets on event day on any of the public transit systems operating to the Games venues to board for free. The transit systems include Toronto Transit Commission, GO Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, and more.
It’s important to remember these things when planning your trip to the Games:

Think public transit! Service will match the Games schedule to help you get to and from events. All Games event tickets will provide same-day access to public transit.
Accessible transit and/or limited accessible parking options for all Games venues will be available. Please visit the venue pages for more information — venue specific links are provided below.

From the Toronto Transit Commission's website about transit services during the Games:

Routing changes for TTC buses:

Some road closures to take notice of if you are driving in Toronto:

Re: 2015 PAN-AM Games in Toronto

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:59 am
by CielOnTap
Cirque du Soleil's event company did a fabulous production in the Friday night opening ceremony welcoming the Pan Am Games to Toronto. I have to say I watched almost every minute of the show (7pm preshow commentary to about the 11pm torch lighting/fireworks display) and thought the effort was better than the 2010 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Vancouver.

I found an article yesterday indicating that the show was a means to get Torontonians/Ontarians more interested in this sporting event if they weren't excited already.

I felt that most of the show elements covered history, multiculturalism and sport history. I only wish to point out how tedious it was to see the torch relay continue in the Pan Am Centre/Rogers Centre with former athletes. Next time that past athletes have to be acknowledged holding the torch, have them all line up shoulder to shoulder in one section, smile for the camera crew when the torch is in their hand and name announced, then just past the torch to the next person. There was a portion of the indoor run that got sidetracked and a camera crew had to duck and hope the athlete did not trip on the wire on the floor that was for their equipment. As a result the indoor relay just added yawns to the inevitable torch going outdoors with Steve Nash to the the cauldron (colourful steel cauldron pinecone). Please don't bore the audience and athletes with these extended torch relays-the countrywide version was great for building up interest before the games but not during the shows (I'm including any torch relay elements that might come up in the closing shows for Pan Am and Parapan Games).

Chilly Gonzalez is not a musician I know but he did wear a long robe and slippers so that was a noteworthy stage costume while he was playing the piano during the flag procession to the podium.

Last night, I watched a little coverage of the men's gymnastics rotation. There's a Brazilian athlete who was amazing with his rings routine. The Ecuadorean on the parallel bars was also fascinating to see!

Re: 2015 PAN-AM Games in Toronto

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:55 am
by CielOnTap
More drama involving the games-websites cannot link to the offical site without written permission first.

Maybe it’s a case of overzealous lawyering, but the legalese on the official Pan Am Games website states that no one is allowed to link to it without written permission.

“Links to this Site are not permitted except with the written consent of TO2015™. If you wish to link to the Site, you must submit a written request to TO2015™ to do so,” the Terms of Use say.*

That’s a cause for concern, said Fenwick McKelvey an assistant professor communication studies at Concordia University who specializes in the internet.

“This is a public event. It’s publicly funded. It’s going to generate public discussion and the fact that they claim they can say how people are discussing it, or linking to the content, is a tremendous overreach,” he said.

Guess who came to the games to have a look and talk 2016?

Re: 2015 PAN-AM Games in Toronto

PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:43 pm
by CielOnTap
The ParaPan Games are on this week in Toronto and who says visitors need to worry about accessibility when shopping or dining out? A Torontonian has developed an app that was released last week to make Toronto's accessible places known to all.

In light of the Games, both residents and those visiting have a new tool at their disposal to report barriers they find in public spaces.

The web-based app, called Access Now, relies on crowdsourcing to pinpoint the accessibility status of any hotel, restaurant or attraction on an interactive map.

The tool’s creator, Ryerson University master’s student Maayan Ziv, said the project was fueled by the frustration she experienced when attempting to dine out with friends.

“I would make plans thinking I could get in and then I’d arrive and there would be a step at the entrance,” the 25-year-old said. “I want to be able to go where I want to go and do that now.”

This is one the reasons she wanted to ensure the web application was ready in time for the Parapan Am games.

Re: 2015 PAN-AM Games in Toronto

PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:01 pm
by CielOnTap
Closing ceremonies take place tonight for the Para Pan Games. Brazil is in first place for total metals won-257!