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

 

 

 

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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

Lack of communication could kill Calgary’s Olympic bid.

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The 2026 Olympic bid is on the rocks again, and the main reason? Lack of transparency.

A city council committee agreed on Tuesday, that a vote is needed to on whether or not to invest anymore into the Olympic bid. A large concern of many Councillors is Calgarians are being left in the dark.

The city has decided to form a subcommittee, tasked with public outreach. The biggest concern here is the fact that the subcommittee is composed of all people that stand to benefit from the Olympics. For some members of council, this just doesn’t sit right.

“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?”

Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal, had the attention of Councillors, saying that citizens should know more than they do. Others may not share the same perspective, but it seems like unless the Councillors and the public can start seeing eye to eye, this bid could die real quick.

 

Jake Foster

2026 Calgary Olympic bid hanging by a thread

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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

Raptors clinch a new club record

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The Toronto Raptors won their final home game of the season Sunday, chalking up a club record 34th home victory.

The Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 112-101, leaving them tied with the Houston Rockets for the best home record in the NBA this season.

During the Sunday game, the Raptors led by double digits for much of the night and took an 89-74 advantage into the fourth.

Two nights earlier, the Raptors clinched the No. 1 spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and set records for both regular-season and home wins.

The team is now just two games away from starting the playoffs. They play the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

-Mason DePatie

 

Calgary is officially interest in 2026 Olympics

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Calgary is officially interested in hosting the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.

It’s been a long journey of debating on whether or not Calgary should consider bidding on the 2026 due to financial issues the city has suffered.

But many believe that this will help bring in more tourism and make more jobs for Calgarian’s.

The International Olympic Committee announced seven cities that will be in the running.

“This is obviously very exciting…”

“We are immensely satisfied that seven national Olympic committees have decided to enter into the dialogue stage. This is obviously very exciting, not only because of the interest, but because we’ll have the opportunity in the next few weeks and few months to work together,” said Christophe Dubi, executive director, International Olympic Committee.

Each city, will be invited to bid in October, followed by an official bid that must be made by January.

Finally the official decision of which city will be hosting the games, will be made in September 2019.

– Vanessa Arrate