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

 

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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