BOB MACKIN, VANCOUVER 24 HOURS, OCTOBER 24, 2006
Another week, another Alberta company says it’s sponsoring the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
Calgary-based Dow Chemical Canada is pledging between $3 million and $15 million for official supplier status. VANOC communications manager Mary Fraser said it’s a cash deal, but VANOC will use Dow heat-transfer fluids and insulation materials to build some venues. Edmonton’s Epcor became a 2010 sponsor last week.
Dow employs 1,300 people in Canada, but the company is shrinking.
The cost-cutting closure of a pair of plants in Sarnia, Ont., and Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., was announced in August.
Dow’s American-based parent owns Union Carbide, notorious for 1984’s deadly gas leak at its Bhopal, India pesticide plant. At least 3,800 people died. Environmentalists say Dow hasn’t adequately compensated victims’ families or cleaned up the mess.
Meanwhile, VANOC will release its annual report for 2005-2006 this morning.