Calgary’s Olympic bid trapped under ice after city council vote.

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After arguments and disagreements between city council, Calgary’s 2026 winter Olympic bid may be on its last legs.

City Council agreed Tuesday that a vote on whether to continue the bid will be necessary in order to move forward.

The bid has been a hot topic in Calgary, as city council has argued for months on whether to actually pursue the bid.

One of the key issues raised is the cost of the Olympics, which is expected to be billions,  including upgrades to current sports facilities and building new ones.

However, the main topic of concern at this meeting was not the money, but rather concerns about transparency and lack of communication with the public over the bid.

Councillor George Chahal made his opinion clear saying “If the public doesn’t have the information, how can you make a decision?”

“If the public doesnt know and doesn’t have the information, how can you make a decision?”

Another major concern is the creation of a subcommittee tasked with public outreach over the bid that currently has no members of the public on it.

While several oppose the planned committee, there are some councilors who think its a vital and important part of the bid, including councilor George Chahal who says “The whole point of going to a Bidco is so we have the independent oversight with all partners involved in making a decision.”

Councilor Sean Chu also showed his support for the committee saying “A lot of the public ask the same question is that many of you on the subcommittee are.”

“A lot of the public ask the same question is that many of you on the subcomitte are.”

The lack of communication, financial security, and solidarity between council are huge threats for the bid, and while some Calgarians are hopeful that a solution to these problems can be found, many council members are convinced that once the vote is counted on Monday the Olympic dream in Calgary will be over.

-Ryan O’Donnell

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Olympics or no-lympics? Conflicting council could jeopardize bid

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Recently, it’s been one of the hottest discussions at city hall: should Calgary host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games?

Calgary City Council has been divided on the issue since day one of discussion, but now the difference of opinion could mean no Olympics for Calgary.

“…we should be concerned with the level of transparency…” – George Chahal, ward 5 councilor

Some councilors have shown concern about the neutrality of the issue, and how committees tasked with searching for answers about the issue have been constructed.

George Chahal, ward 5 councilor said “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?”, where other councilors think an Olympics subcommittee could help the process.

Sean Chu, ward 4 councilor, thinks a subcommittee in support of the Olympics isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but the push-back from other councilors could be the ultimate bid-killer.

Chahal also noted the necessity of a subcommittee, but reinforced the importance of having the public be part of it.

Calgarians could have more of a voice about the issue if the public gets added to the mix, but in the mean time councilors will continue to “duke it out” until the ultimate decision is made.

-Danny Seymour

Calgary 2026 Olympic bid hangs in the balance

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The potential 2026 Winter Olympic bid for Calgary remains in contention amongst city council.

City council agreed Tuesday morning, that a vote is needed to determine if any further pursuit in a bid is warranted.

“We should be concerned with the level of transparency”

A 2026 Olympics could mean funding for new sports facilities and upgrades for old ones, such as the Olympic Oval or Canada Olympic Park.

There are some councillors like George Chahal, that have expressed concern about an absence in transparency that comes with the city’s Olympic project.

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

Transparency is not the only dividing concern, as the task to fill a subcommittee with members of the public who may benefit from the Games, left Sean Chu, city councilor, suggesting that citizens on this committee are “cheerleaders” in favour of a bid.

Chahal believes that the subcommittee “add[s] some additional oversight”, but says that the point of a subcommittee is to be involved with every relevant party, when making a decision on 2026.

-Max Sturley

Olympic bid indecision saga continues for city council

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Debate over Calgary’s proposed Olympic bid continued Tuesday, as city councillors agreed that a vote is needed on whether or not council will continue to pursue the idea of hosting the 2026 Games.

The notion of a potential bid has divided councillors, with many citing a lack of transparency and public engagement as central concerns.

 “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?”

– Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal

Councillor George Chahal is calling for greater transparency and public involvement in the process, saying council “should be concerned with the level of transparency” surrounding the decision.

In an attempt to involve Calgarians, council decided to form a subcommittee tasked with public outreach. A few councillors however, including Chahal, have expressed dissatisfaction over the subcommittee, due to the perception that it has been filled with people that stand to benefit from the Olympics coming to Calgary.

Chahal admitted he believes it’s important to have the subcommittee, but that perhaps council should “tinker with it, and add some members of the public to add some additional oversight.”

Councillor Sean Chu agreed with Chahal’s sentiment, identifying the subcommittee as a “cheerleader” for the bid, that may not be entirely neutral.

A lack of neutrality regarding engagement with the public will remain a concern, if council’s vote proves to support the progression towards a bid.

— Danica Ferris

 

Is Calgary’s Olympic Bid on thin ice?

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The prospect of another Olympics in Calgary is exiting to many people, and the 88′ Olympics in Calgary were the last Olympics to make a profit. So the decision on whether or not to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics should an easy one, right? Not for city council.

A council subcommittee has decided that a vote is needed to determine whether or not to continue Calgary’s Olympic Bid proses. But this subcommittee is raising questions of its own, and many councilors are concerned about the lack of transparency within the committee.

“Well, I think we should be very concerned with the level of transparency”

George Chahal, Ward 5 Councilor, expressed how he was “concerned with the level of transparency” from the subcommittee. He also continued on saying “If the public doesn’t know and have the information, which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision”

But Chahal is not opposed to a subcommittee, saying “I think it’s important to have a subcommittee” continuing on saying “the whole point of going to a bidco is so we have that independent oversight with all partners involved in the decision.”

Sean Chu, Ward 4, said that he heard many people calling  the subcommittee “cheerleader” for the Olympic bid.

The vote is expected to come soon, and then we’ll know if the bid is dead, or will gain a second life.

Jordan Bay, April 17th, 2018

 

 

 

Calgary’s Olympic bid sliding off course

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Calgary’s 2026 Winter Olympic bid isn’t receiving perfect scores from everyone involved.

A city council committee agreed on Tuesday that a vote is needed on if Calgary should proceed with any further investment into the bid process.

“I think we should be concerned with the level of transparency”

This vote has some city councilors speaking out about the lack of transparency and lack of neutrality on the city’s Olympic project team.

City councilor George Chahal says, “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?”

While the Olympic project team’s subcommittee to gather public outreach is causing some controversy, Chahal believes it is a necessity.

“I think it’s important to have a subcommittee and maybe tinker with it and add some members of the public to add some additional oversight.”

Chahal also states the whole point of BidCo is for the city to have an independent oversight when it comes to making decisions on the Olympics.

As the bid deadline draws closer and the amount of turmoil increases, Calgary’s chances of hosting the 2026 Olympics are slowly sliding away.

-Mason DePatie

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