Communities split on support for 2010 Winter Olympics 

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"I understand that there are some people who are not in favour of the Olympic bid who feel the money spent would not do anything for them or their communities," said Cunningham.

"If we all hear the facts we will be able to make our minds up in a much better way."

The Olympic Bid Committee is planning to launch a new initiative, Planning for Gold, to investigate what opportunities are available for businesses and sector industries throughout the province next month.

"Anything that British Columbia can do to enhance B.C.’s reputation world-wide in theory will generate economic benefits for that particular region," said Bid spokesman Sam Corea.

"It is not surprising that around the province… there may be people wondering how can something several hundred kilometres away benefit me?

"Well we are arguing that there is opportunity and so we have to look at those opportunities and ensure that B.C. benefits."

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