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Should Toronto have been awarded the 2008 Olympics?
Thu, August 7, 2008

As the Olympic torch ascends tomorrow to light the Beijing sky, let it be remembered that this might've been Toronto's games.

Just imagine, as the Olympic flame lights up Beijing, how vastly different it would've made Toronto's waterfront if it lit up our new Olympic Stadium near the foot of the Don River. Of course, it would've meant asking a couple guys living under a cardboard box to move...
Full story: Coulda been Toronto's Games

Should Toronto have been awarded the 2008 Olympics?



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Toronto could not possibly been able to put on Olympic scale events! Simple really, you need support from the local population and it seems that the socialist slackers that infest that hellhole of a town wouldn't support it.

There's too many socialists who would want all that money for injection sites, homeless shelters and the like, that in defiance they would stay away from the events.

There is no community support there(not enough anyway) and that's where Calgary wins big time and with any luck Vancouver will as well.
Hammertime, 2008-08-10 15:58:45

Politics and economics aside, the IOC isn't going to give the Games to the same country twice in a row.

If Toronto had been awarded these Games, then there'e little to no chance that Vancouver-Whistler would have got the 2010 Winter Games.

Canada does not play a significant role at the Summer Games (although we do send some awesome athletes), but we're a major player in the Winter Games. The choice for the IOC members isn't hard to make.


Ron, 2008-08-10 13:30:50

What a horrendous thought! There's no way that I want the Olympics in Ontario. Summer OLYMPICS or Winter OLYMPICS. It's a BIG Sink hole for the taxpayers. Quebec tax payers have just finished paying for the 1976 OLYMPICS, if you can believe it. I do not want to pay exorbitant taxes for the next 30 years or the rest of my life whichever comes first. Ontarians do not want to pay for a two week extravaganza that only the elite officials from the IOC benefit from. Keep them in the BIG three areas that are the USA, CHINA and Europe. They can afford them.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-08-09 20:47:15

Correct Len !

That is the mindset...

Until the "squirrels" (funny) that run Ontario Legislature and the TO civic council get a grip and realize that until they are prepared to run with the big dogs they will never be equated with the big dogs...

Edmonton did it with the Commonwealth in 76, Calgary with the Olympics in 88 and Vancouver and Whistler will join the crowd. Sorry Montreal doesnt count because they keep forgetting that they are CANADIAN !
powell, 2008-08-09 11:28:06

No, Toronto will never be anything but a has-been big City as long as it's controlled by the current squirrels at City Hall and Queen's Park.
Len, 2008-08-08 19:00:20

agree with him or not bill lankof's aug 7 column is the best and most hilarious one i've ever read on the t-o bid
centre of the universe, 2008-08-08 09:29:21

Beijing got the Games. Get over it Toronto.

Give up on the sour grapes.
gordholio, 2008-08-08 08:55:11

I see comments that Toronto couldn't have done better than China/Beijing or that Toronto didn't deserve the Olympics or that if Toronto had the Olympics it would have been a flop or big money loser. Where do people get this crap!

Yes, Montreal was a disaster but that was then, this is now. Sure, Calgary has done well over the years with business and the Winter Olympics (might I add, a lot less work, a lot less money to prepare for). So! Just because Calgary has been in the limelight for a few years has nothing to do with whether Toronto should have been awarded the Summer Olympics. Calgary's success has more to do with oil. Period. But I digress.

China got these Olympics for political reasons. Nothing more. In the past, Canada has often been snubbed on the world stage and the awarding of the Olympics to China was just another example of that.

I'm not saying that Toronto hosting the Olympics would have been perfect. As with every city/country that has hosted the Summer Olympics, there has been some kind of controversy. It's going to happen no matter what. However, right from the start there were concerns about China with it's human rights policy and air pollution/quality. The facilities might be state-of-the-art. The opening ceremonies may be spectacular. Security might be unprecedented. All this does not make an Olympic Games successful. At the end of the day, it's about the games themselves and how successful they are and whether or not anything happens that shouldn't happen while the games are on.

Would I have liked to have seen the Olympic Games in Toronto. Of course. They could have been a great boost to tourism and brought some much needed money and advertising for both the city and the province.

I would also like to have seen the games in Toronto, not because I was born in the city (I don't live there and haven't for almost 40 years.. and, in fact hate city life) and not because I think the games would have been any better than they would be anywhere else but because I'm a proud Canadian and I would have loved the opportunity to see the games first-hand. I can't afford to travel to other countries or even provinces to see the games. These games would have been within about a 2 hour drive for me had they been held in Toronto. So, call me selfish!

The games are only as successful as the people involved, including the atheletes. In the end, it doesn't matter where they are held. It doesn't matter what political views one has. What matters is the atheletes and how they perform. Good luck Canadian atheletes. We know you'll make us proud!
Kevlar, 2008-08-08 08:10:39

China spent $43 Billion on these games.

Toronto can't come up with money to expand one subway line.

Toronto/Canada is not even in the same league. Until Canada is willing to invest/spend that kind of money on the Olympics, it'll be hard pressed to compete with countries like China (Winter games not withstanding because of certain geographic and weather requirements).
Alan, 2008-08-08 07:38:17

Great column.. All that whining about the money should go to whatever..Bread before circuses crap.. Thankyou ever so much The money never went anywhere it was just p#ssed away on junk.. With the olympics we would of actually got something for our money.. Also all the extra revenue to the small businesses with tourism.. To those vocal minority.. Shut up next time.

Should of held a by election to vote on it and the true feeling of the people would of been known. Instead of a few sh#t Disturbers with the press giving them time to spout their nonsense.. Look around we are no further ahead. The cardboard box statement was brilliant
j, 2008-08-08 06:47:21

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