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Calgary city council votes to continue exploring 2026 Winter Olympics bid

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first_imgCALGARY – Calgary city council has voted to continuing exploring a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee presented council Wednesday with an option not to move forward with the bid, and another option to keep exploring potential funding opportunities.Council endorsed the second choice, saying it would provide the city’s administration with the time to investigate potential solutions “that could help reduce the city’s risks” associated with a bid.The city says that regardless of whether a bid goes forward, the exploration committee’s work has provided valuable information about the costs of sustaining or upgrading Calgary’s 1988 Olympic facilities.The 17-member committee chaired by former Calgary police chief Rick Hanson has said that while it’s feasible for the 1988 Olympics host city to have another turn, more work is needed to determine if it would be prudent.When the bid exploration group was formed, it expected a September deadline for the city to decide on a bid, but the International Olympic Committee has since extended the invitation phase for 2026 bids, meaning the city has another year to mull it over.The committee told city council last month that the price tag to hold the 2026 Games would be about $4.6 billion.It said the Games would generate almost half that in revenue, but another $2.4 billion would be needed.The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., cost $7.7 billion.Calgary’s estimate is lower in part because the city could reuse venues from the 1988 Winter Games.Sion, Switzerland, and Innsbruck, Austria, are among Calgary’s potential rivals for a 2026 bid.last_img read more

Barbra Streisand Inspired By Bill Clinton

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first_imgBarbra Streisand has put her name to an email sent to supporters of the Clinton Foundation.“It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of President Clinton,” she wrote. “His unwavering commitment to helping people build a better future for themselves and their families has never ceased to amaze and inspire me.“I am proud to support the work of his Foundation – fighting climate change; giving individuals and communities the chance to succeed; improving access to lifesaving medication in developing countries; and most recently, with the launch of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, promoting health and wellness across all generations in the United States.“Giving people access to the education, tools, and resources they need to live long and productive lives is an issue that is near and dear to me. It’s why, through my own foundation, I am hoping to turn the tide on women’s heart disease by investing in woman-focused treatment and research. And it is one of the many reasons why I support the Clinton Foundation and am thrilled to learn of the new Health Matters Initiative.“Through this latest effort, President Clinton is bringing the same convening power, innovative approach, and sustainable solutions to the issue of health and wellness that he brings to all of the issues he works on.“The Clinton Foundation doesn’t just create a temporary solution, it fundamentally alters the way we approach the biggest challenges of our world, triggering change that helps millions of people build a better future.“Please join me in supporting the Clinton Foundation and help continue to build President Clinton’s vision of a better world with a gift to the Clinton Foundation.”last_img read more