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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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

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

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