Earlier this morning, Calgary city council agreed that there needs to be some progress in the 2026 Olympic bid. And so it was decided that a vote is needed to see if they should continue to invest in this bid, or if it’s time to move forward from the idea.
“..how can you make a decision.”
If Calgary can land another Olympics, it would mean billions of dollars spent on projects and new winter sports facilities, as well as repairing and renovating some of the city’s 40+ year-old sports complexes.
On the other hand however, there are Councillors who aren’t fully on board. Those opposed say that they’re concerned about missteps and how some of the team isn’t taking a neutral stance in this matter.
Ward 5 city Councillor George Chahal told SAIT’s Ruel James this morning that he doesn’t trust how much the city is telling the public.
“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?”
The city has also filled a subcommittee with people that stand to benefit from the Olympics coming to Calgary. This committee is required to do public outreach about the Olympics, which is odd because all the people on it would be pro-Olympic-bid, and ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu called the committee “City Councils cheerleaders for the bid.”
For now, all we can do is sit back and hope that the city will make a decision that will benefit Calgarians the most.
-Sam Brown, SAIT Newsfile