Campaign to light up cauldron succeeds
Vancouver’s Olympic cauldron was lit Wednesday night to commemorate the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, five days after the opening ceremony.
The cauldron was sparked at 8 p.m. in Jack Poole Plaza as a gathering crowd chanted the words to "Oh Canada," joining Olympic cauldrons in Calgary and Montreal that have been ablaze since Friday.
The Crown-owned B.C. Pavilion Corporation, which runs the cauldron and neighbouring Vancouver Convention Centre, said the lighting is being funded by anonymous donors – but there isn’t enough to keep the flames going non-stop.
Vancouver’s natural gas-fuelled cauldron costs about $6,400 to light for just four hours. Running it until the end of the Games would burn up about $200,000.
PavCo said it’s instead aiming to light the cauldron at 6 p.m. every evening that Team Canada wins a gold medal, and on the night of the closing ceremony.
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