Turnout for advance vote on Olympic bid tops Calgarys last election

Turnout for advance vote on Olympic bid tops Calgary\s last election
Calgary councillors question insurance plan to cover Olympic overruns
More than twice the number of Calgarians cast advance votes in the Olympic plebiscite than in the 2013 municipal election.

Advance polls for the Nov. 13 Olympic vote closed 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.

Advance polls for the Olympic plebiscite were only open Tuesday and Wednesday, but the city’s numbers show a total of 54,442 people cast votes on whether to pursue a bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.

The numbers are in and they are impressive. After two days of advanced voting and mail-in ballots, 54,409 people have voted in the plebiscite on whether Calgary should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic 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, the city said.

“But like every election campaign, it’s critical that people vote.  Certainly, the polls I have seen are very tight.  It all depends on who comes out to vote,” he said.

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.

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.

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Earlier this week, the city unveiled electronic tabulator machines to tally the plebiscite results.

But some early voters reported problems with the machines, noting that ballots were being rejected, which kept lineups of people waiting to cast their votes.

“And today,” says Linda, “my dad would be saying exactly that: ‘You just have to go for it. And do it even better.’ He would never want us to accept anything less. It requires courage, resilience, innovation and thoughtful execution. He would never want Calgarians to stand down to those who are intent on negativity. They are not the ones who will lead this city through a recession, now or ever. Go for it, and do as much good as you can, he’d say, and that’s exactly the way he left this world.”

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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.

He’s right. While Calgary will pitch in only $390 million over eight years, it will receive $4.4 billion in funding from outside sources, including at least $1.1 billion from the International Olympic Committee, $1.435 billion from the federal government, which is specially earmarked for a large multi-sport event, and $700 million from the provincial government.

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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.

I hoped we could emulate Calgary, make Canada proud and inspire deep love of country and uncommon patriotism, wrote Furlong. During our first meeting, and countless questions, after a brief pause, he looked over at me and said, Dont try to emulate Calgary. Be better than us, take this as far as you can and do as much good as you can.

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.

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.”

For more information on where to vote and what identification you will need to cast a ballot, visit vote2018.calgary.ca.

“We will get a guarantee. It’s been approved to be signed by the minister of public safety,” she said. “It says we require a guarantee from the relevant authority that guarantees a safe and peaceful celebration . . . So we’ve been assured that the minister of public safety will sign that guarantee, and that will encompass how they would deal with the financial arrangements as well.”

Calgarys bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics hinges on a plan to avoid the cost overruns that have plagued past Games by buying an insurance policy, but some on city council have questioned whether it would be worth the cost.

With the price tag for the Calgary Games expected to reach $5.1-billion – $3-billion of which would need to come from the public sector – the federal and Alberta governments have said they will not cover any cost overruns.

“We know how to build stuff, we know how to do that,” Woolley said of any possible capital project overruns. “But we have no guarantees on the operations side — it’s the operations side that we have no clarity or commitment on.”

Without the backing of a senior level of government, Calgarys bid commits the city to paying for an insurance plan to cover $200-million in unforeseen costs. The insurance comes along with a nearly $1-billion cushion built into the bids cost to cover potential overruns.

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The Calgary 2026 bid corporation told councils Olympic committee on Tuesday that the citys insurance broker has confirmed a $20-million or 10-per-cent premium should cover the required plan if a company can be found to provide it.

And while the majority of council followed Woolley’s advice to scrap the bid with a vote of eight to seven, two-thirds of council — or 10 ‘yes’ votes — were required to reverse a previous off-ramp vote in September.

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Weve been given some assurance by Calgary 2026 that this is possible, city manager Jeff Fielding told the council committee.

“About $300 million . . . is needed to build this new field house that we desperately need for soccer, track and field and turf sports,” he said. “I’ve got to find that money anyway. That’s something we’ve been promising the community for a very long time . . . So when we think about the amount of money that the city is putting in, a big chunk of it is stuff we’ve got to find anyway, because it’s stuff we need regardless of whether we have a yes or a no vote on Tuesday.”

The search for an insurance plan is happening as Calgarians prepare to vote in a Nov. 13 plebiscite on whether the city should pursue the Games. The vote has become a divisive issue in Calgary as campaigns in favour and opposed have duked it out in public forums.

“They’ve already cut the capital plan significantly,” he said. “So the $700 million that the province is going to contribute . . . it looks very much like it’s going to come from a very constrained, very fixed pot. And there is a long list of capital projects in the province of Alberta that are currently unfunded . . . so those dollars do have alternative uses, and it does mean that we won’t be spending on other capital projects.”

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Speaking at council on Tuesday, councillor Peter Demong expressed reservations about the cost of the citys plan to secure insurance, which is expected to also include a further 10-per-cent deductible before the insurance would take effect.

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Mr. Demong said he was bothered by information provided to council by the bid corporation about two exclusions from any insurance plan: Money would not be paid out if costs went over budget as a result of changes in any project or because of overruns caused by contractors.

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Why would we go down this route if the exclusions are basically the areas that the majority of overruns come from? If scope changes arent included, change orders arent included, overruns by contractors arent included, what is included then? he asked the citys bid corporation.

According to Calgary 2026, any insurance would cover overruns caused by the weather, labour unrest and unforeseen environmental issues, among a number of other potential problems.

Councillor Jeremy Farkas, an opponent of hosting the Games, also expressed concern on Tuesday about whether the insurance plan would be useful when the city actually needed it. Its like buying health insurance that doesnt kick in if you get sick, he said.

For eight months, every two weeks the assessment committee met, and we walked out in front and said, “This is what were going to do. This is what were going to commit to.” And we had to continually shift that line in the sand, and three or four days before advanced polling, when people have actually already voted, were now saying: “This is the deal. How could you not communicate this… How can you not support this? This is the deal in front of us,” and thats not fair to Calgarians because we promised them that wed do that.

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According to Trevor Tombe, an economist at the University of Calgary, Olympics tend to generate cost overruns. Overruns happen all the time. For the past half-century, all Games have gone over their initially projected cost, he said.

I dont think Ill ever get over this in my career as a councillor. Sometimes I even want to take a shower because Im ashamed. Im ashamed of some things that were said on this council. Im ashamed of some things that are said in the paper, and Im going to point one out because I just cant let it go, and its a fact. And Im going to read it, because it was in the paper. So of course its true if its written in the paper, right? Thank you. So:

According to Mr. Tombe, one of the risks facing the citys bid would be a rebound in the price of oil that would jump-start the provinces economy and lead to a rapid escalation in labour costs.

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.

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Anne Kleffner, a professor in risk management and insurance at the University of Calgary, said the insurance the city is considering is a rare type of plan. The 10-per-cent premium would also make it an expensive option, she added.

A 10-per-cent premium is expensive. I think the value in the policy, as the city sees it, is managing the uncertainty. They can budget the upfront premium cost better than the uncertain cost down the road. The reality is when youre talking about this size of project and this type of time frame, its unlikely youll get the costs right, she said.

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