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Ward 8 News: 2026 Olympic Bid Engagement

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As chair of the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Assessment Committee, I’m pleased to let you know that we have begun the public engagement process that will help Council decide whether or not to proceed with a bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Many of you have specific thoughts and feelings about a potential bid so here is your chance to share them directly with Council.

Online engagement has begun as of early October. You can provide your comments and concerns through the City of Calgary website here:
www.calgary.ca/2026Games

In addition to the online feedback portal, there are opportunities for in-person engagement during city-wide open houses and pop-up events:
More events will be listed at www.engage.calgary.ca/2026Games



Many of you have asked me why we’re going through with a plebiscite on November 13th if it’s non-binding. I’ve publicly stated that the plebiscite will be the final arbiter of whether or not we bid on the Games and I still feel that way. I will not go against the wishes of Calgarians, regardless of the outcome of the plebiscite. The engagement process is important too, because although the plebiscite will tell us “yes” or “no”, your feedback provides the “why”.

If you have questions concerns about a potential bid, we want to hear them. Maybe you’ve heard something and need to clarify if it’s true or not. Whether your mind is made up or you’re still “on the fence”, please attend one of the sessions or contribute to the online engagement listed above.

I encourage you to visit the Elections Calgary website at www.calgary.ca/vote2018 for details on the plebsiscite, including who is eligible to vote, where to vote, and advance voting on November 6 and 7. Should you be unable to make it to any of the in-person votes, mail in ballots are now available by phone, fax, or through the website.

The question is listed below:

olympic plebiscite question.PNG

At this point I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to everyone for their thoughts, ideas, concerns and feedback as we have moved through this project.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 




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