Heritage Minister Sheila Copps was in Vancouver last week to officially present the injection of federal funds into Vancouver's Olympic bid.
The government will provide $9.1 million in indirect funding to help bring the 2010 Winter Games to Canada.
Whistler's name was dropped from the official bidding process because the International Olympic Committee requires the bid to have a single city designation. However, both communities will be promoted on the international stage.
On a farewell note, Dick Pound was finally replaced as the International Olympic Committee's marketing chief last week.
The news doesn't come as much of a surprise as Pound and new IOC President Jacques Rogge have been at odds since the Montreal lawyer was passed over for the presidential job in July.
His replacement is Norway's Gerhard Heiberg, who was one of the chief organizers of the Lillehammer Games.
Pound will remain an IOC member and retain his position as the chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Learning from Sydney
Olympic bid specialists will be interested in one of the featured speakers at the GLOBE 2002 conference to be held in Vancouver in March.
David Chernushenko, the president of Green & Gold Inc., will be unveiling his new CD-ROM at the conference entitled, Sustainable Development Principles in Action: Learning from the Sydney 2000 Experience.
The user-friendly CD-ROM gives the viewer an inside look at the planning, building and running of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The software includes information about sustainable development and environmental initiatives for Olympic planners.
Chernushenko's talk at GLOBE 2002 is called 2008 Olympics: A Clean, Green China.