Hispanic community feels shut out from Pan Am Games planning


By Debra Black, Toronto Star, March 6, 2014

Hispanic community members are concerned about what they call a lack of representation on the Pan Am Games board, executive and in overall planning.
The lapse is disturbing given that 19 of the 41 countries attending the Games are Spanish-speaking, says Claudio Ruiz-Pilarte, president of the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council and executive director of the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples.
This is the first time the Hispanic community has gone public with its concerns. It has been working on the issue since 2012, trying to make its voice heard, submitting proposals and meeting with officials without luck, Ruiz-Pilarte said. […]

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