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Security personnel come to the aid of Olympic torchbearer Cortney Hansen after she tripped and fell to the ground when the relay was interrupted by a protest in Guelph, Ontario. (Tony Saxon / The Canadian Press)

(ATR) The Vancouver 2010 torch relay diverted its route after being interrupted by a protest in Guelph, Ontario.

Yesterday highlights include an incident occurring as torchbearer Cortney Hansen, an employee of co-sponsor Royal Bank of Canada, was confronted by protesters and allegedly knocked down into the street in Guelph.

Security personnel came to Hansen’s aid at the scene and one protester has been charged with assault. The assailant is part of a group known as Kitchener-Waterloo Anti-Racism Action.

“The RCMP people kind of freaked out and caused the person with the torch to stutter-step and then trip,” protester Alex Hundert stated. “Basically, the relay team caused a disaster and the police decided they needed to arrest somebody.”

The flame remained ignited throughout the incident.

VANOC stated the interruption was an “isolated incident” and was responded to “rapidly and appropriately” by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit and the RCMP.

This is not the first time protestors have interrupted  the torch relay. In the past month other incidents have popped up in eastern Canada to protest treatments of aboriginals and criticize the money spent to stage the Games in Vancouver, where an estimated 3,000 people are homeless.

The spate of trouble started Dec. 8 when the RCMP torch relay guards were denied entry to the Kahnawake Mohawk Indian reserve near Montreal. Some band members protested while Alwyn Morris, a 1984 canoeing gold medalist, carried the flame on the reserve.

More than 100 people tried to disrupt the community celebration in Montreal on Dec. 10.

Protesters chanted "No Olympics on Stolen Land'' - the rallying cry for those who maintain the Games are being held on native land. (Tony Saxon / The Canadian Press)

A week later, an even bigger crowd blocked streets in Toronto and forced the re-routing of the relay.

The route on the Six Nations reserve in southern Ontario on Dec. 21 was changed to a circuit in a parking lot at a bingo hall for fear of protests.

On Dec. 18 in Newmarket, Ont., Toronto Sun videographer Ian Robertson was tackled and photographer Dave Thomas was pushed by the RCMP officers escorting the relay. Robertson, 61, was hospitalized with a concussion. Brad Honywill, president of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union local 87-M called for the officers to be charged.

The protests were not unexpected after most stops on the fall 2008 Canadian Pacific Spirit Train were disrupted.

On Sunday, around 200 protesters gathered in Kitchener, Ontario.

“We understand that the Olympic Games are a high profile event and will attract attention and that people have the right to express their opinions, “ said torch relay director Jim Richards in a prepared. “We ask that they do so peacefully and respectfully.”

Today is day 61 of the relay as it departs Owen Sound traveling through 14 towns with the city of Barrie being the final destination point.

Among the 137 torchbearers are Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Rudge and International Bobsleigh Federation president Bob Storey.

Olympian Brad Martin will carry the torch while he snowboards and 2010 Paralympic alpine skiing hopeful, Melanie Schwartz, is scheduled to carry the torch while she skies.

Tomorrow, the torch travels through 12 towns, will be carried by three Olympians and will ride in a yellow school bus in Huntsville, Ontario.



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Written by Tristan Luciotti and Bob Mackin

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(Copyright 1992 2008, all rights reserved. The information in this report may not be published, excerpted, or otherwise distributed in print or broadcast without the express prior consent of Around the Rings.)

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The light is extinguished by an official with Indian film actor Akshay Kumar as protesters close off Yonge Sreet. (Getty Images)

(ATR) The Vancouver 2010 flame departs Toronto making its way through Ontario after being diverted from its original route due to protests.

On Thursday the torch relay reached Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar did not finish the length of his run due to protesters blocking one end of Yonge Street, causing a one-hour-delay. Police diverted the route and removed the shouting protesters. The protesters are against the the Olympics being held on lands taken away from aboriginal tribes..

Today, the torch relay departs Toronto and travels to the towns of Aurora and then through Newmarket where a welcome celebration is planned at the Magna Centre and will include the Georgina Island Drummers among other performances.

The torch progresses on to Sharon, Keswick, Bradford, Nobleton and Bolton where shooting Olympian Avianna Chao will run with the Olympic Flame.

Native protesters close the relay route, causing police to divert torch relay. (Getty Images)

The flame continues travel to Nashville, Kleinburg and Vaughan.

The Olympic Torch reaches its final destination in the city of Brampton where figure skating Olympian Kurt Browning and athletics

A welcome celebration will take place at City Hall Square and will include a welcome message from Aboriginal elder Anthony Templer, local school singers, Aboriginal women’s drum group and dancers from Punjabi Virsa Arts and Culture Academy.

The flame is also scheduled to be transported on an ice hockey sledge and skate a loop by the final Brampton torchbearer. The flame will then be passed to local disabled athlete, twenty-one-year old Ryan Bennett, who will light the cauldron.

Over the weekend, the torch makes its way through 22 towns, will be carried by fourteen Olympians, take a ride in a kayak, transported by horse-drawn carriage and reaches Niagara Falls.



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Written by Tristan Luciotti

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Torchbearers on the drop off shuttle waiting for their moment to carry the flame in Newcastle, Ontario. (Vancouver 2010)

(ATR) The Vancouver 2010 flame reaches the most populous city in Canada on Day 49 of the torch relay where international superstar carries the torch.

Yesterday highlights include the torch traveling southwest through 11 towns and being carried by one Olympian on its journey to Toronto.

Today, the torch relay departs Oshawa and journeys to the towns of Whitby, Ajax and Pickering where figure skating Olympian Brian Orser will be a torchbearer.

The flame continues travel to Whitchurch-Stouffville and then progresses on to Markham where ice hockey Olympian Gillian Apps and athletics Olympians Nicole Forrester and Bill Crothers are scheduled as torchbearers. A welcome celebration is planned at Markham City Hall and will include live entertainment and performances.

The torch proceeds to the towns of Richmond Hill and Thornhill, an upscale community located on the northern border of Toronto.

The Olympic Torch reaches its final destination point of the day in Ontario’s provincial capital, Toronto, where Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar will run with the Olympic Flame up Yonge Street. Kumar is a leading star in the Indian film industry.

Eight Olympians are scheduled to carry the torch through Toronto including athletics Olympians James Worrall, Paul Craig and Robert Finlay, swimming Olympian Owen Von Richter, sailing Olympian Paul Henderson, ice hockey Olympian Vicky Sunohara, rowing Olympian Marnie McBean and softball Olympian Erin McLean.

The flame is also scheduled to be transported by ice hockey 1948 gold medalist Murray Dowey as he rides on a Toronto streetcar.

A welcome celebration is planned at Nathan Phillips Square including international music, dancing and fireworks finale. CTV Toronto plans to cover the relay, runners, events and festivities in a two-hour live broadcast, THE TORCH IN TORONTO, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Tomorrow, the torch makes its way through 12 towns, will be carried by three Olympians and reaches the tip of Lake Simcoe, the fourth largest lake in Ontario.


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Written by Tristan Luciotti

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1948 Canadian Olympic figure skater Barbara Ann Scott carries the Olympic flame into the House of Commons during a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press)

(ATR) The Vancouver 2010 flame crosses into the Canadian province of Ontario on Day 43 of the Olympic torch relay.

Yesterday highlights include the torch reaching Quebec’s largest city, Montreal, and taking a ride on BIXI, the city’s bicycle sharing system. The featured highlight of Day 42 was the Olympic Flame’s visit to Canada’s Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. 1948 figure skating Olympian Barbara Ann Scott carried the torch from the Prime Ministers’ corridor through the historic Canada doors into the House of Commons chambers. VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong joined the members of Parliament to welcome the flame.
The flame received a large welcome yesterday from many prominent members of the Olympic Movement. IOC member and former WADA president Richard Pound told Around the Rings that he “represented VANOC in Laval and on my way to do the same thing in Westmount (both suburbs of Montreal).“

Today, the torch relay travels through 19 towns with Repentigny being the first welcome. The flame continues through the towns of

John Furlong during his speech at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, Quebec. (Vancouver 2010)

L’Assomption, Joliette, Crabtree, Saint-Jacques, Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Mirabel, Saint-Jerome, Lachute and Hawkesbury where a welcome celebration is planned at Parc de la Confederation and will include a theatrical performance and symphonic orchestra.

The Olympic Torch will then enter Grenville where athletics Olympian Bruce Kidd is scheduled to carry theflame.

The torch travels next to Montebello, Papinequville, Plaisance, and Thurso where athletics Olympian Bruny Surin will be a torchbearer.

The flame continues its journey through Masson-Angers and Buckingham.

The torch reaches its final destination of the day in the town of Gaineau where weightlifting Olympian Pierre St-Jean will carry the Olympic Torch and a welcome celebration is planned at Place de la Cite and will include unique performances from Aboriginal singing to slam poetry.

Three-time Paralympian and captain of Canada’s national ice sledge hockey team Jean Labonte will light the cauldron in the town of Gatineau where he was born and still resides.

Over the weekend, the torch makes its way through 15 towns and will be carried by five Olympians. On Saturday, the flame enters Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Thousands of Canadians plan to gather on Parliament Hill to welcome the arrival of the Olympic Torch.


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Written by Tristan Luciotti

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Olympic equestrian torchbearer Mario Deslauriers passes the flame from horseback to Torchbearer 28 in Bromont, Quebec. (Vancouver 2010)

(ATR) The Vancouver 2010 flame travels through an important First Nations reserve as the Olympic torch relay approaches Montreal.

Yesterday highlights include the torch being carried by three Olympians as it traveled to its final destination of the day in the town of Longueuil.

Today, the torch relay will travel through 22 towns with Saint-Lambert being the first stop where speed skating Olympian Jonathan Guilmette will be a torchbearer.

The flame will then continue through Greenfield Park, Longueuil, Brossard, Chambly, Iberville, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu where diving Olympian Marie-Eve Marleau will be a torchbearer and then to La Prairie and Candiac.

The flame will then advance through the town of Saint-Constant where athletics Olympian Bruny Surin and fencing Olympian Michel Boulos will be torchbearers.

The Four First Nations and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay confirm the flame will then progress to a large Indian reserve near Montreal. The Kahnawake First Nation community was the site of an uprising and standoff in the summer of 1990; the Canadian army was eventually called out to diffuse the situation. Residents will not allow the RCMP escorts on the Indian reserve. 1984 canoe/kayak gold medalist Alwyn Morris will be the solo torchbearer. His new claim to fame is running Bodog, what is essentially the biggest illegal gambling website on North American soil.

Torchbearer lights his torch outside of City Hall in Sherbrooke, Quebec. (Vancouver 2010)

The torch will continue through the village of Chateauguay where canoe/kayak Olympian Emilie Fournel, cycling Olympian Martin Gilber and swimming Olympian Nathalie Giguere will be torchbearers. A community welcome is planned at the Bibliotheque municipal de Chateauguay and will include music and dance performances.

The flame will then journey to the towns of Mercier, Beauharnois, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield where rowing Olympian Henry Hering and fencing Olympian Julie Mahoney will be torchbearers and then to Saint-Lazare where synchronized swimming Olympian Marie-Pierre Gagne will be a torchbearer.

The torch will then travel north to Hudson where sailing Olympian Evert Bastet will be a torchbearer and then to the cities of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Pincourt, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Bai-d’Urfe.

The flame will arrive at its final destination in the town of Beaconsfield where a welcome celebration is planned that evening at Centennial Park and will included music, dancing and a Celtic band.

Tomorrow, the torch will rest in the town of Mont-Tremblant as it makes its way to Montreal the largest city in Quebec on Thursday.

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