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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2026 Olympics: to bid or not to bid

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The battle over the Olympic bid has been ongoing for the past few month. Calgary’s City Councillors are struggling to see eye to eye on the issue, but an agreement was made to vote on Tuesday about whether to continue further investment or not took place.

Some Councillor brought the raising concern that Calgarian’s are being left in the dark and aren’t aware of all of the missteps and the absence of neutrality on the city’s Olympic project team.

Another concern was the city’s choice to have a subcommittee tasked with public outreach with those who would benefit from having the Olympics come back to Calgary.

“We should be concerned with the level of transparency” 

Calgary Ward 5 Councillor George Chaha, is advocating for the what the may not public know “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, which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision?”

But some councillors found the subcommittee to be a more impactful way to connect with the public.

“A lot of public ask the same question”

Calgary Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu had a different take on the issue saying “Well as you heard yesterday and you saw, a lot of public ask the same question is that many of you on the subcommittee are ‘cheerleader’ as I heard on the council floor of Olympic.”

There is a clear issue in regards to transparency but with the some councillors members already seeing the bid as dead, it makes it difficult to believe Calgary will be partying like 1988 and hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

-Vanessa Arrate

 

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

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

Calgary’s 2026 Olympic bid faces a crucial city council vote

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The City of Calgary is still on the line in regards to the 2026 Olympic winter games bid.

After a city council meeting on Tuesday, many councilors raised concern about lack of fairness the city’s Olympic project team is showing and whether or not Calgary is eligible to host the games.

City council agreed that a vote is necessary to take place on whether or not to continue any further pursuit to invest in an Olympic bid.

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

Among with the matter of worry, another concern is the city’s decision to fill a subcommittee, which involves public outreach to those that stand to benefit with the Olympics being held in Calgary.

George Chahal, Ward five councilor, 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?”

If an investment towards a bid takes place, Calgary hosting the Olympics could result in  multi-billion dollar funding to new sporting facilities, and replenishing old ones, such as the Olympic Oval.

Though with some Calgary council members on the fence about any further investment into an Olympic bid, it is tough to see whether Calgary has any further potential to host the winter Olympics come 2026.

-Reya Lehoux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calgary’s Winter Olympic Bid skating on thin ice

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The City of Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Olympics may have hit more than just a speed bump.

On Tuesday, city council agreed that further investment into Calgary’s Olympic bid will be put to a vote due to lack of information available to the public and the massive price tag involved with hosting an Olympics. Billions of dollars will be spent on upgrading Calgary’s facilities and building new facilities if Calgary s chosen to host.

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

Much of the opposition from Councillors surrounding the bid comes from a subcommittee based around public outreach. Sean Chu, Calgary’s Ward 4 councillor, expressed his displeasure with how the subcommittee is full of only people who would benefit from the games, referring to them as “cheerleaders.”

Other Councillors are not opposed to the idea of the subcommittee, but believe that it’s roster should include more members of the public.

“I think its important to have that subcommittee and maybe tinker with it and add some members of the public to add some additional oversight.” said George Chahal, Calgary’s Ward 5 Councillor, “The whole point of going to a Bidco is so we have independent oversight.”

Divisiveness between council members brings up questions about whether the City of Calgary will continue with it’s bidding process. The controversial lack of information provided to the public may hurt Calgary’s hosting chances.

-Christian Oldale