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[URBAN NOTE] On a possible case for Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Olympics

CBC News’ David Common reports why Calgary, with its extensive investments in the 1988 Olympics still good, might make a good host for 2026’s games.

[T]he Olympic money problem [. . .] presents an opportunity, particularly for cities that have hosted in the past and might like to do so again, and whose existing infrastructure could help control costs.

Calgary is in that group and is believed to have a good shot at the 2026 Winter Games — should it decide to officially join the race.

[. . .]

The Canadian Olympic Committee asked [John Furlong, the former CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Games] to help a Canadian city develop a bid for the 2026 Games. Calgary, host of the 1988 Games, is the only city that still has its hand up.

Most of the facilities used in 1988 are still up and running. The Olympic Oval, Canada Olympic Park and the Canmore Nordic Centre could use a renovation, but they don’t need to be built from the ground up. The ski jump and bobsled track would likely need to be completely replaced.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is in Rio for the Olympics. His office says it’s a personal vacation, but he’s been spotted at Canada Olympic House chatting with officials and athletes while his city considers whether to launch a formal bid.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 18, 2016 at 5:31 pm

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg notes the closure of Poland’s frontier with Kaliningrad, looks at how Google is beating out Facebook in helping India get connected to the Internet, notes British arms makers’ efforts to diversify beyond Europe and examines the United Kingdom’s difficult negotiations to get out of the European Union, looks at the problems of investing in Argentina, looks at the complications of Germany’s clean energy policy, observes that the Israeli government gave the schools of ultra-Orthodox Jews the right not to teach math and English, examines the consequences of terrorism on French politics, and examines at length the plight of South Asian migrant workers in the Gulf dependent on their employers.
  • Bloomberg View notes Donald Trump’s bromance with Putin’s Russia, examines Melania Trump’s potential immigrant problems, and is critical of Thailand’s new anti-democratic constitution.
  • CBC looks at how some video stores in Canada are hanging on.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that the Olympic Games marks the end of a decade of megaprojects in Brazil.
  • MacLean’s approves of the eighth and final book in the Harry Potter series.
  • The National Post reports on a Ukrainian proposal to transform Chernobyl into a solar farm, and examines an abandoned plan to use nuclear weapons to unleash Alberta’s oil sands.
  • Open Democracy looks at the relationship between wealth and femicide in India, fears a possible coup in Ukraine, looks at the new relationship between China and Africa, examines the outsized importance of Corbyn to Britain’s Labour Party, and looks how Armenia’s defeat of Azerbaijan has given its veterans outsized power.
  • Universe Today notes proposals for colonizing Mercury, looks at strong support in Hawaii for a new telescope, and examines the progenitor star of SN 1987A.
  • Wired emphasizes the importance of nuclear weapons and deterrence for Donald Trump, and looks at how many cities around the world have transformed their rivers.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • Bloomberg notes how income inequality is growing within Sydney, and between different areas of that city, and notes China’s high levels of debt previously unnoticed.
  • Bloomberg View notes the exceptional strength of the economy of California.
  • The CBC notes the effects of Donald Trump’s alienation of Latinos, reports on an alleged terrorist plot by a French citizen arrested by Ukraine, and looks at the incomprehension of the father of a child whose meningitis was neglected fatally.
  • The Calgary Herald notes that stupid statements keep undermining Alberta’s Wildrose Party.
  • The National Post‘s Andrew Coyne looks at how guaranteed minimum income could work in Canada, notes J.K. Rowling’s condemnation of fans upset Hermione is being played on stage by a black woman as racist, and looks at the success of a lawsuit lodged by a First Nations group against Québec for a dam built a century ago.

  • Open Democracy looks at transnational marriage abandonment.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • Bloomberg notes concern in Asia regarding Brexit, and reports on a Taiwanese call to China to heal from Tiananmen.
  • CBC notes a shocking proposal to assemble a human being using an artificial genome.
  • io9 notes the interest of the Chinese government in setting up a local science fiction award.
  • MacLean’s notes Russian crime gangs are blackmailing gay men.
  • The National Post observes one suggestion that Stonehenge was originally Welsh, and reports on a Wildrose parliamentarian in Alberta who compared a carbon tax to the Ukrainian genocide.
  • Open Democracy examines English identity in the context of Brexit and reports on South America’s Operation Condor.
  • The Toronto Star reports on an African grey parrot that may be a murder witness and notes Trudeau’s statement that preserving indigenous languages is key to preventing youth suicides.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • Bloomberg considers wind power off of Long Island, looks at Odebrecht’s progress despite high-level arrests, and notes New Zealand’s criticism of China’s maritime expansionism.
  • Bloomberg View notes that Germany is a country thoroughly opposed to genocide.
  • The CBC notes the Tragically Hip tickets have sold out, and looks at ice melt in Antarctica.
  • MacLean’s notes the mounting of a monument in Moncton to the three RCMP officers recently killed there.
  • The National Post notes that Iraqi Kurds want to be armed, looks at how Calgary is a center for language change in Canadian English, and looks at how Australians want Canada to take in refugees.
  • Wired looks at the Louvre’s defenses against flooding.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • The Atlantic notes the import of the assassination of the head of the Taliban.
  • The BBC observes Spotify has more revenues, but is still not making money.
  • Bloomberg suggests Brexit would embolden central European populists and slow down growth, and looks at Coca Cola’s end of production in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg View suggests a new class of educated Chinese professionals will hurt middle-class wages.
  • The CBC notes the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for northern Alberta oil sands camps.
  • Daily Xtra looks at the importance of Facebook in spreading knowledge to PrEP.
  • Gizmodo notes the proliferation of cephalopods in the world’s oceans.
  • The Miami Herald describes how desperate Venezuelans are turning to urban gardening.
  • The National Post looks at Kevin O’Leary’s interest in Canadian politics.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the lifting of the American arms sales embargo against Vietnam.
  • Wired notes Grindr can still be hacked to identify users’ locations.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg looks at Argentina’s push for renewable energy, reports on Rosatom’s interest in developing South Africa as an entry into the African nuclear market, writes about China’s opposition to anything remotely like separatism in Hong Kong, and looks at Poland’s demand for an apology for Bill Clinton critical of the new government.
  • Bloomberg View notes the importance of honest statistics in Brazil, and calls for American arms sales to a friendly Vietnam.
  • CBC notes new Conservative support for a transgender rights bill and reports on how Ontario’s climate policy will hit Alberta’s natural gas exports.
  • Gizmodo notes Portugal has just managed to power itself entirely on renewable energy for four days.
  • The Inter Press Service describes the Middle Eastern refugee crisis.
  • The National Post looks at a proposed New York State ban on declawing cats.
  • Open Democracy reports on Norway’s EU status via a left-leaning Norwegian, looks at the life of Daniel Berrigan, and notes the emergent Saudi-Indian alliance.
  • Universe Today describes the circumstellar habitable zones of red giants.