After a week of controversies, the “Om The Bridge” event has been cancelled, according to CKNW.
— CKNW (@CKNW) June 12, 2015
Premier Christy Clark tweeted earlier today that she would not be participating in the event that was set for June 21.
Yoga Day is a great opportunity to celebrate peace and harmony – it's not about politics. I don't intend to participate.
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) June 12, 2015
And then in close succession, lululemon and YYoga announced they’re pulling sponsorship from the event.
Here’s a tweet lululemon sent out:
@geoffberner We've heard the feedback and have decided not to participate. We'll honour the tradition of yoga in a new way, stay tuned.
— lululemon athletica (@lululemon) June 12, 2015
And lululemon’s official statement:
And finally, YYoga’s statement:
CKNW’s Shelby Thom said YYoga will move forward with something community based.
— Shelby Thom (@ShelbyThom980) June 12, 2015
In turn, Christy Clark released the following statement:
In April, I had the privilege of welcoming Prime Minister Modi to Vancouver. We discussed trade, investment – and yoga. India is rightfully proud of their gift to the world, and how it has become part of the cultural fabric of British Columbia.
“Yoga is about attaining inner peace and harmony. Our intention was to join with other centres around the world in celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Yoga in that spirit.
“Unfortunately, the focus of the proposed Burrard Street Bridge event has drifted towards politics – getting in the way of the spirit of community and inner reflection. It was for that reason, I decided not to participate.
“I want to thank our sponsors for organizing an inclusive event with the very best of intentions. Though we are forced to cancel the Burrard Street Bridge event, I hope British Columbians will still feel encouraged to participate in their events elsewhere.
“The United Nations designated June 21st as the International Day of Yoga and I’m pleased that there are events taking place across the province to celebrate it. June 21st is also recognized in Canada as National Aboriginal Day, also with events across the province – and the country.
“B.C.’s greatest strength is our diversity. I hope June 21st will be about celebrating the best part of us all.”
The controversy for “Om The Bridge” was largely related to the fact that it was on the same day as National Aboriginal Day and that it was costing taxpayers $150,000.
Protests had been planned to bring attention to National Aboriginal Day.
Yesterday, Clark fanned the flames by sending out this tweet: