Calgary 2026 Olympic bid in jeopardy

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Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics’ is currently on a slippery slope.

City Council agreed on Tuesday that a vote is needed to determine whether or not to proceed with any further investment in the bid process.

Despite a possible multi-billion dollar influx for projects around Calgary, some councilors raised concerns about a lack of transparency possibly leaving Calgarians in the dark

Calgary Ward George Chahal expressed his concerns over this.

“I think we should be concerned with the level of transparency, because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision?”

Concerns also stem from the city’s decision to fill a subcommittee with people that stand to benefit from the Olympics coming to Calgary.

Not all councilors are convinced this is a bad thing however, with George Chahal voicing his support.

“It is important to have a subcommittee and maybe tinker with it, and add some members of the public to add additional oversight. “

The bid is still in jeopardy, but if approved, could prove very valuable to Calgary’s infrastructure, as upgrades would be made to some of the city’s older structures, as well as provide funding for new ones.

 

 

 

Carlos Taug

 

 

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Council still split on 2026 Olympic bid

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The 2026 Olympic bid is something that Calgary City Council has been concerned about for the past couple months.

Council members decided a vote will need to be taken to decided whether or not to move forward with putting in a bid for the twenty twenty six Olympics.

If Calgary does have the Olympics in twenty twenty six it could mean a multi-billion dollar plan would go into place to upgrade Olympic equipment that hasn’t seen an Olympics in forty years.

“We should be concerned with the level of transparency….”

The idea of a subcommittee filled with members of the public was an idea the Council had, but it raises some concerns with Councilor Chahal saying “We should be concerned with the level of transparency because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information, which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision.”

Some Councilors believe that the subcommittee is not a bad idea with Councilor Sean Chu saying “the subcommittee are “cheerleaders”” basically meaning they’re cheering the vote on.

Having a subcommittee can be beneficial to making a decision like this because, the public can bring up concerns that council may not have thought of, and in the end it is our city and a public opinion may not hurt at the moment.

  • Tanner Strauss