Calgary’s Olympic dream is dying

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Calgary’s pursuit of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games may have been killed in its tracks. City Council agreed on Tuesday that they need to vote on whether or not to advance in the Olympic bid process.

“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 you make a decision.”

This sudden change of direction came after some councillors raised concerns about a lack of neutrality and transparency on the Olympic project team. Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland says, “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.”

Other concerns were on the city’s decision to create a sub-committee designated for public outreach which is filled with people who will benefit from the Olympics coming to Calgary.

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

Not all councillors are against having the subcommittee. Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu says a lot of the public asks the subcommittee to be a cheerleader for the winter games.

Ward Sutherland has also said, “…it’s important to have that subcommittee and maybe tinker with it and add some members of the public to add some additional oversight but that’s the whole point of a BidCo. The whole point of going to a BidCo is so we have that independent oversight with all partners involved in making a decision.”

If Calgary does move forward with a bid this could mean a multi-billion dollar influx for projects all around Calgary, upgrades to some of the original sports facilities from the 1988 Winter Olympics and funding for new facilities.

Even with these projected perks some councillors are already saying this bid is a lost cause, making it harder to imagine a Calgary Olympics for 2026.

 

— Louise van Dam

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Calgary to decide whether to proceed with Olympic bid.

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The City of Calgary has spent months pursuing a bid for the 2026 winter Olympics games, but city council has been unable to agree on whether or not to proceed.

City council met on Tuesday and agreed that they need to vote on whether or not to invest any more time into the bidding process.  Councilors have been arguing about the implications of hosting the games and have been exploring all outcomes.

Several councilors have expressed their frustration with the lack of transparency in the process and believe Calgarians need to know what is going on. Councilor George Chahal expressed his concerns at Tuesdays meeting.

“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 is what I was advocating for, how can you make a decision.”

The city has appointed a subcommittee tasked with public outreach to allow Calgarians to weigh in on the issue, but many councilors have been arguing about the overall effectiveness of the committee, seeing as the subcommittee is filled with people who could benefit if Calgary hosted the games.

George Chahal argued for the subcommittee and  believes the subcommittee is important to the process, but agrees that maybe some members of the public should be added to the committee.

“I think it’s important to have that subcommittee and maybe tinker with it and add some members of the public to add some additional oversight but that’s the point of going to a Bidco so we have that independent oversight with all partners involved in making a decision.”

-Storrm Lennie

 

Hopes of hosting the 2026 Olympics are rapidly dwindling

pexels-photo-720456.jpegA city council committee has agreed to vote on whether or not to pursue the 2026 Olympics and a lack of progress in the bid process has left many Calgarians with a host of questions.

” I think we should be concerned about the level of transparency” George Chahal, ward 5 councillor

The city’s Olympic project team is under scrutiny after many missteps and failing to provide information to the public.

A subcommittee compromised of members of the public that will benefit from the Olympics is also raising concern among councillors.

Even if the bid goes through, hosting the Olympics will be no walk in the park due to the  price tag associated with it. The city will have to renovate older sports facilities and build new ones, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

  • Husham Tahir

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

City Council passes the torch for future of Olympic bid

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The pursuit for Calgary’s 2026 Winter Olympic bid might be slipping away.

A City Council committee meeting held on Tuesday agreed that a vote is needed before putting more investments into the Olympic bid process.

Several councilors argue that a lack of transparency and neutrality from the city’s Olympic project team has left many Calgarians confused and uncertain. Councilors are also concerned about the decision to fill a subcommittee tasked with public outreach from people who stand to benefit from a future Olympics.

“If the public doesn’t know about the information, which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision?”

Another Olympics in Calgary could mean a multi-billion dollar influx for project around Calgary, such as upgrading the city’s 40 year old winter sport facilities and creating new ones.

Councilor of ward 5 George Chahal says “We should be concerned with the level of transparency because if the public doesn’t know about the information, which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision.” Chahal also thinks the whole point of the BidCo is to have independent oversight with all partners involved and the subcommittee is an important part of that.

But not all councilors are seeing eye to eye, Ward 4’s Councilor Sean Chu says the public is concerned that many people on the subcommittee are “Cheerleaders” for the Olympic bid.

As Calgarians question what is going on and if their concerns are being heard, some councilors are saying the bid may already be a lost cause. Hopefully the upcoming vote can give the city a better idea of how to move forward and open the door for more transparency.

 

-Kyle Hutton

 

 

 

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