Man survives falling into glacial fissure… Twice

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A Calgary man is lucky to be alive after falling into a more than 30-metre fall into a glacier crevasse in the Columbia Icefield area in Jasper National Park.

Parks Canada says the 24-year-old was snowshoeing with a friend at the Athabasca Glacier on Sunday. The man slipped and fell into a deep hole in the ice and was knocked unconscious.

As his friend went to find help, the man managed to wake up and climb out of the fissure using crampons, only to fall into another crevasse up to his armpits.

On his way down the glacier he met the responding rescue team but refused any kind of assistance.

Officials say that the pair did not have any safety ropes, harnesses or climbing equipment, and very limited experience in mountain travel.

Parks Canada is reminding all adventures to be cautious when exploring and to avoid  glaciated terrain unless everybody in the group has proper training and equipment.

 

-Kyle Hutton

 

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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

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

 

Councillors calling on City Council to include Calgarians in all aspects of 2026 Olympic Bid exploration

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The City Council agreed that a public vote is necessary to decide whether it is in the best interest of Calgarians, to move forward with any further investment into the bid process for a 2026 Calgary Winter Olympics.

“If the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information…’how can you make a decision’?”

Several Councillors expressed concern with how the City has dealt with transparency and errors resulting from the Council’s interest in hosting the Winter Games.

Ward 5 City Councillor, George Chahal believes the public has a right to know what they are signing up for, instead of allowing the city to move forward in the process, without consulting Calgarian’s first.

“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 4 Councillor, Sean Chu agrees that the City needs to include Calgarian’s in their decision making.

Chahal is also concerned with how the city has set up a sub committee tasked with public outreach on the Olympics that currently only include members with a vested interest in hosting the games.

He believes that including members of the public will result in a fair approach which will give the city a non-biased review of the public’s interest.

Chu agrees with Chahal’s concerns and said that many of his community members are also concerned with a subcommittee that only consists of “cheerleaders” for the Olympics.

If Calgary decides to move forward with a potential bid, the city could see an additional multi-billion dollars spent towards upgrading winter sports facilities built for the Calgary 88′ Winter Olympics, as well as building new ones.

 

 

-Cindy Letic

 

 

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

 

 

 

City council has mixed feelings about Calgary’s pursuit of a 2026 Winter Olympic bid

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A Calgary council committee agreed that a vote is needed on whether or not to proceed with investments towards an Olympic bid.

Several councillors  brought up concerns on Tuesday about mistakes and lack of clarity from the city’s Olympic project team.

“How can you make a decision?”

Some councillors, including George Chahal, were concerned with the city’s decision  to fill a subcommittee tasked with public outreach with  people that stand to benefit from the Olympics coming to Calgary.

“I think we should be concerned with the level of transparency because if the public doesn’t know and have the information which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision?” Chahal says.

Not all councillors are convinced the subcommittee is a bad idea. Councillor Sean Chu says Calgarians are asking similar questions.

“A lot of public ask the same question is that many of you on the subcommittee are ‘cheerleader'” Chu says.

It is clear the pursuit of an Olympic bid has left city councillors in conflict over the issue. If the bid process proceeds, more disagreement is sure to arise.

-Mandy  Vocke

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