"At some point after the plebiscite, and I don't know exactly when, council will then vote on whether to continue or suspend. So if there's a no vote, I imagine that council will vote to stop the work. If there's a yes vote, that doesn't necessarily mean yes at all costs," he said.
"It allows the work to continue but council still reserves the right, if there's not a good deal there or it doesn't work for the City of Calgary, to pull out of the process."
He said the metric for a decision will be 50 per cent plus one, but that he would prefer a stronger mandate in either direction.
JEREMY: Youre listening to Sprawlcast. My name is Jeremy Klaszus and Im the founder and editor of The Sprawl, and Sprawlcast is a collaboration between The Sprawl and CJSW 90.9 FM. We are broadcasting from Calgary on Treaty 7 land. Sprawlcast is a show for Calgarians who want more than the daily news grind, and today were going to go deep on a topic you might have heard something about: Calgarys Olympic bid.
The non-binding plebiscite is on Nov. 13, but advance voting started Tuesday and continued on Wednesday.
MORAN: This is a total of $390 million in cash that we are asking the City of Calgary to contribute. It will result in $4.4 billion of investment coming into this community, not just to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games – to create jobs for people that are unemployed today, increase our GDP growth, and to put our city and community on the global stage and build our reputation for years and years to come.
There were long lines at some polling stations on Tuesday. According to the city, 28,923 Calgarians cast a ballot in person and another 7,738 voted through mail-in ballots.
On Wednesday, another 84 mail-in ballots were received and 25,435 voted in person, bringing the total number of advance ballots cast to 54,442.
Nenshi said he's "super happy" with the high turnout, pointing to low turnout as the worst possible outcome for the plebiscite.
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Asked about a CBC Calgary poll that shows a majority don't support a bid, the mayor remained optimistic.
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"It's a great pollster, Janet Brown; it's a very small sample size, just 200 people in Calgary," he said, although the actual number was 243.
Typical host city contracts between the International Olympic Committee and the cities awarded Olympic Games include a clause that states “the responsibility for all aspects of security in relation to the Games (including the financial, planning and operational aspects thereof) lies with Host Country Authorities, which shall take all necessary measures in order to guarantee the safe and peaceful celebration of the Games.”
"There's lots of polling going on and I've certainly seen polls that are much, much closer."
When asked who would be responsible for any cost overruns tied to the Games, the mayor said the city is working out details on the bid and the proposed funding agreement with other levels of government.
The contracts also state that the host city, along with each country’s National Olympic Committee and organizing committee, are responsible to help ensure security and “shall take further measures (such as the deployment of relevant authorities responsible for safety, security, law enforcement and private security contractors) to complement those implemented by Host Country Authorities.”
Strong turnout on second day of advanced voting in Olympic plebiscite
LIVE EVENT: CBC Calgary Olympic Games Plebiscite Town HallIf you live in Calgary, find out what you need to know before you cast your vote in the Nov. 13 plebiscite by tuning in to the CBC Calgary Olympic Games Plebiscite Town Hall.
There is a strong plan in place that includes contingencies related to security for the Games. The plan, including specific security requirements and costs, was developed through the collaboration of security partners and stakeholders, including local police and the RCMP. The security budget provides an accurate cost, he stated.
Featuring a knowledgeable panel and hosted by the Calgary Eyeopener's David Gray, we will hear from both sides and take questions from the audience. Panellists include:
Not sure which way to vote in the Olympic plebiscite? Watch CBC Calgarys town hall
It'll take place at Calgary's new Central Library (800 3rd St. S.E.) on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Doors open at 6 p.m., with rush seating available at 6:15 p.m. All of the reserved tickets have been claimed.
It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges.
Calgarians line up at the advance polling station in Bowness on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, to cast their ballot in the Olympic plebiscite. Leah Hennel / Postmedia
“I think my dad would say, 1988 was a tough road as well. The economy was tough, there was a lot of a negativity around the bid for the ’88 Games. And we all know how that turned out. No one says now that the ’88 Olympics was a mistake. No one. So, let’s learn from ourselves. Let’s go for it.”
More than two times the number of Calgarians cast advance votes in the Olympic plebiscite than they did in the 2013 municipal election.
Advance polls for the Nov. 13 Olympic vote closed on Wednesday at 8 p.m., and new numbers from the city show early voting eclipsed numbers from the 2013 election but were still behind advance ballots cast in the 2017 vote.
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Advance polls for the Olympic plebiscite were only open on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the city’s numbers show a total of 54,442 people cast their votes on hosting the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
But advance voting numbers for the Olympic vote were still well below totals in the 2017 Calgary municipal election, with 74,965 Calgarians casting early ballots in the 2017 election, the city said.
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A total of 18 advance vote locations were set up across Calgary for the plebiscite, while the city had 26 locations for the 2017 municipal election.
The non-binding Olympic vote asks Calgarians whether they are for or against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
“So never mind that security is the big cost, and the big one that Calgarians worry about the most . . . in terms of overruns, but there’s all sorts of other guarantees around ticket sales, all of those other things that we haven’t put in place.
Earlier this week, the city unveiled electronic tabulator machines to tally the plebiscite results.
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But some early voters reported problems with the machines, noting that ballots were being rejected, which kept lineups of people waiting at the McKenzie Towne Hall voting station.
Those who will be away from Calgary on plebiscite day, as well as those who will be prevented from voting in person due to a physical incapacity, can request a mail-in ballot online, by calling 403-476-4100, by faxing 403-476-4101, or by visiting the Elections and Census Office at 1103 55th Ave. N.E.
Requests for mail-in ballots must be received by noon on Nov. 13. Completed mail-in ballot packages must be received by the Elections and Census Office by 4 p.m. that day.
Jerry Joynt, senior vice-president of communications for the 1988 Olympic Organizing Committee and the Calgary Olympic Development Association, says another Winter Games in Calgary would bring a much-needed economic and community boost to the city, particularly at a time when political divisions are creating skepticism.
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Voters must provide authorized identification at the voting station, such as an Alberta driver’s licence or an Alberta Identification Card that confirms their name and current residential address.