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A group of homeless and poor seek shelter from the rain outside a store in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver on February 11, 2010. Canada is spending over two billion dollars on the Winter Olympics but just steps away from the venue for the opening ceremony sits one of the country’s most notorious slums where drug addiction and prostitution are rife. The scenes of homelessness and the squalor of Downtown Eastside are not the images Olympic organizers want visitors to leave with. But the neighbourhood’s close proximity to BC Place Stadium where the Olympic cauldron will be lit on Feb.12, will make it hard for visitors to miss. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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