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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...
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Should Toronto have been awarded the 2008 Olympics?



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There was never enough support for the Olympic games and there will never been the required support.

Toronto simply does NOT want the Olympic games.

China was the politically correct choice. Toronto or anyone else that bid for the games didn't have a chance to begin with. The Olympic committee was just going through the motions. Their mind was made up in advance, ... China gets the games.

When you say it could have been Toronto's games, well, that is just incorrect. They were always China's games right from the beginning and once again, the greater majority of the Toronto population did not want the games here, in Toronto anyway.
william, 2008-08-08 01:31:51

I'm from Toronto and I find it ironic that for the hot air that Torontonians spew about being a 'world-class' city...we never hold world class events like the Olympics which are a perfect opportunity to have to world focus on how great we can be...instead we take our typical myopic/cynical view and say we don't want them because the traffic here is already bad enough...and to those with that view..consider the possibilities of what the waterfront might look like today if we had the Olympics or what the rapid link to the airport might look like or how the Olympic village could be transformed into affordable housing or the world class training facilities that our kids could use for generations to come or the tourists that would return year after year because they had such a great time...for all our talk about where the money should be spent Toronto is no better off today than it was when we were bidding for 2008..in fact, some might say it has gotten worse...
Vince, 2008-08-08 00:40:50

Agree to a slim point Rick W.

The Olympics left a legacy the allowed people like Catriona leMay-Doan (and company) a place to train and become the best.

Calgary has always been the leader in Canada in pretty much everything from entreprenurial spirit to business acumen. Hating or denying this doesn't change the reality of it !

I remember a fat pudgy guy saying "lets git er done" and go get the Olympics and the naysayers said no but he drove out the benefits for the city and the rest was history. Same group of liberals said he would never make a politician let alone the 'Preem.

Cities like Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver will always be backseat material because of the initiative factor.

Get used to it Canada ! The City of Calgary is the epicenter of Canada and more Precision Drillings and Westjets and Big Rocks and Anderson Explorations will come while the rest of the country will say.... Crap why didnt we think of that...

THATS A RACK ! IM OUT
powell, 2008-08-07 21:22:44

I noticed the model of stadium with roof opening and good thing that this summer has lots of raining.


Scott Upton, 2008-08-07 20:04:40

We could not have done better if we had promised the moon; Chinese officials were prepared to do virtually anything (and pretty much did) to get the 2008 olympics. Remember the IOC's glittering record of unbiased, impartial decision making and never taking any bribe or incentive...
CanuckinHK, 2008-08-07 18:56:24

I'd rather have our money go towards something that is really necessary rather than training facilities for a few athletes. Sure, it's important for them, but it's a very few that benefit.

So much can be done with our surplus, like repair bridges, highways, build new infrastructure, train more doctors and nurses (for in-home visits). The priority should be towards the whole of society. We can still do something for the athletes, but it shouldn't take precedent over the majority of people's needs.
gordholio, 2008-04-15 08:14:40

Only Pro athlete's make millions, you should look at who is now in the Olympics, it is'nt an event about amateurs anymore most of these steriod freaks make a pretty good buck, as for no sponsors what sports do you watch.Centre
mike, 2008-04-10 13:36:08

If you don't understand what the Olympics can do for a city, just look at Calgary. Calgary would honestly be half the size it is and Edmonton would be the dominant city in that province if not for the Olympics. The winter Olympics put Calgary on the map and gave them the infrastructure and training facilities that most of our Canadian athletes still train at 20 years later. How many spinoff gold medals and athletes are a result of that event, I don't know.

That being said, Toronto shouldn't have gotten the event, but for people to gripe about money being spent trying to improve the quality of life in Toronto and stage an international event, well too bad they just don't get it.
Rick W., 2008-04-08 09:44:42

I think that instead of hosting the Olympics, the goal of our governments should be to repair our infrastructure (bridges, roads) and put in new infrastructure where needed.

Also speeding up hospital wait times, etc.

That's what I want, not some glorified event for the elite.
gordholio, 2008-04-05 04:17:25

first, to answer Ben TO, it took Mtl over 20yrs and a lot of smoke (a portion on taxes on cigarettes went to pay for our mega size "toilet" - without a seat by the way for a long time...)

Most times, I figure that any sporting event is great for any city as long as its not imposed on the people living in that city.

These days though, there's so much bureaucracy when it comes to taking these decisions that its all for "show". The message seems to say "who cares how much it costs as long as it puts us on the map.."

Tell that to the people who end up forking the bill...
Mac, 2008-04-04 11:02:56

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