“Mutantism on the March” : Chapter 109: Protests Against the 76 Montreal Summer Olympics

Jiber had been whisked off to Zortixia by Frizzy The Smicket Boy to face a trial for crimes against inhabitants of the galaxy so with him many problems disappeared. But deal with one struggle and defeat it another one appears. The United Mutations were fighting against the sinful expenditures Montreal was becoming heavily indebted for to promote the 1976 Summer Olympics. Give us a sewage plant. Give us an enhanced transportation system with the necessary adjustments to accommodate mutants. Give us jobs! The pleas of The United Mutations were left ignored which needed about 1/10th of what was to be spent on this international showcase. It was time to favour the little guy and not the contractors and tourism sector. Economists were saying the cost of building the Olympic stadium was going to take 35 years to repay the loan used to build it. The Canadian banks and their lending syndicates were going to walk away with piles of cash for decades for this white elephant.

Dr. Zodiac was one of the most active campaigners against the boondoggle Olympics and formed Physicians Against The 76 Olympics” (PAO). Their goal was to highlight these vast sums of monies would have better been spent on improving medical care for all particularly for the disadvantaged such as mutants. The station wagoned and conservative medical monopoly was disenchanted and frowned upon these “Young Turks”. Sooner or later they would settle down and stop being like that rabid communist Dr. Norman Bethune.

The POA placed ads in setting forth their complaints against the Montreal 76 Summer Olympics in both English and French dailies;

“Attention Montrealer’s

We are a concerned group of medical practitioners operating under the name of Physicians Against the 76 Montreal Summer Olympics (POA). We stand opposed to the wasteful expenditures gushing forth out of taxpayer’s pockets now and for many years for modern Olympics created for profits and celebration of athletic abilities. Millions of dollars are being gobbled up by monstrous construction projects, architectural fees and a long list of administrative support functions. This wasteful sending is a mockery and an insult to Canadians who lack decent medical care, can’t afford medical and dental care and all because they are told governmental expenditures for these improvements is “too expensive”. Yet somehow money is found for erection of monuments of idiocy and profit. Is Mayor Droolpoop of Montreal seeking some type of historical immortality?

Droolpoop has justified the huge sums of money involved as helping to create a truly” international city” and foster an “international spirit. The spirit of the Olympics certainly has changed since their inception. Profit baggers pervert the games with palms outstretched for juicy contracts. Athletes are no longer natural athletes but highly trained professionals supported by their governments at great expense and trained 40 hours a week since childhood and most often doped up with performance enhancement drugs. Competition and medals serve as a measure of political superiority. For health reasons we demand that equal sums of money be spent for promoting the heath of all citizens which would reduce medical costs caused by obesity and diseases of the sedentary. Sports should be honoured not as a chance to make thousands on endorsements for the victors on sneakers and toothpaste but as an enjoyable and necessary form of healthful activity. Bring sports to the masses instead of creating an overly trained elite of doped up athletes. It would seem in this case governments are more concerned with establishing a reputation for themselves than in seeking the improvement of the health of their entire population.

The organizers say that the facilities after the Olympics will be “for the people”. Let’s face it only a small proportion of the population will be able to avail themselves of these facilities. The Olympic Village will be transformed into luxury condominiums instead of a true international treatment centre for mutants. No doubt sports and entertainment promoters now have a huge stadium to increase their profits as they pack thousands more of spectators in to drink fattening beer and unhealthy food in a sedentary fashion. Are we not then subsidizing the owners of sports teams and entertainment promoters? If there are games let them be simple and performed in existing facilities

Signed Drs. Hamill, Zodiac Doyon, Saleé, Bonato, Morginfaler, Steadan, Kotopoulous, Stein and Burveau “

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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