Calgarians rebelled against the mother hens

Big forces were at play in the campaign to vote yes to hosting the Olympics. But public distrust was a more powerful force

Calgarians rebelled against the mother hensYou’ve probably already read and heard a lot of so-called experts explaining why the people of Calgary voted against a bid for the 2026 Olympic Games. A lot of the analysis misses the mark. On the surface, it appeared this venture was tailor-made for a city known for its entrepreneurism, can-do spirit and accomplished winter…

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics

Why not pioneer an Alberta climate change caravan resettlement program as part of an emerging new west?

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics“Back to the future!” This thought echoes in my brain as I contemplate the imminent plebiscite on whether Calgary agrees to the omnibus International Olympic Committee, provincial and federal offers to co-fund the Winter Olympic Games again, along with some $390 million in Calgary municipal taxpayer dollars. While most Calgarians who were part of the…

Win, lose or draw: the value of sport isn’t dependent on the outcome

Sports are an ongoing battle between ego and soul. If you choose soul, both sides can succeed, no matter what the scoreboard says

Win, lose or draw: the value of sport isn’t dependent on the outcomeWin-at-all-costs (WAAC) ethos greatly damage sports, which at their best are a great socio-cultural practice. The WAAC mentality sees sport as a metaphor for war, in which opponents are evil and must be conquered. It’s a mindset that sees only one thing of value in athletic competition: winning. Football coach Vince Lombardi was quoted as…

Plenty to do during Goose Festival

Festival kicks off in traditional fashion with the Goose Plucking and Potato Peeling events

Plenty to do during Goose FestivalClarion Staff The 46th Kindersley Goose Festival kicks off tomorrow with the usual potato skin shredding and feather flying contests at the stage along Main Street. Goose Festival takes place on Sept. 20-23. Events take place throughout the community on all four days of the festival, but Saturday is the busiest day with events focused…

Why Olympic decision 2026 matters to every Calgarian

The conversation around hosting the Games is an opportunity to unite different age groups and mindsets

Why Olympic decision 2026 matters to every CalgarianA generation after the 1988 Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Games. Calgary city council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in hosting the…

What was it like to volunteer for the ’88 Calgary Olympic Games?

There’s so much to gain by volunteering for something that can bring so much good to our community

What was it like to volunteer for the ’88 Calgary Olympic Games?A generation after the 1988 Winter Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Calgary council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive, and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in…

Olympic decision 2026: Calgary’s Games don’t have to break the bank

‘Olympics can be expensive, but they don’t have to be’

Olympic decision 2026: Calgary’s Games don’t have to break the bankA generation after the 1988 Winter Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Calgary council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive, and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in…

Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s success

Communication, trust, care, collective responsibility and pride are the cornerstones of success in sports – and in life

Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s successMike Krzyzewski said, “When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.” Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, has been the men’s head basketball coach at Duke University in North Carolina since 1980. He has more…

IOC has reformed its bidding process for Games, Calgarians told

The IOC attended a Calgary Chamber of Commerce hosted event to address concerns about the city's bidding process for the 2026 Games.

IOC has reformed its bidding process for Games, Calgarians toldThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) told an elite Calgary audience on Tuesday that it’s a transformed organization that will engage in an open and transparent bidding process. Hannah Burns, head of promotion for Olympic Games and Olympic Candidatures, said the IOC has changed the candidature process to encourage more open dialogue and greater transparency. Speaking…

Town to customize incentive for local company

Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc., owner of the Case IH dealership, plans to develop a parcel of land on the south side of Highway 7

Town to customize incentive for local companyKenneth Brown of The Clarion Town officials are going to customize a tax incentive for a local farm implement dealership looking to develop a parcel of land on the east edge of town. Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc., owner of the Case IH dealership on 12th Ave. West, has plans to develop a parcel of land…

Weighing the viability of Calgary hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics

Bid corporation chair Scott Hutcheson wants to focus on the 'value proposition", that is, the return on investment and the payback for the community

Weighing the viability of Calgary hosting the 2026 Winter OlympicsWell-known Calgary businessman Scott Hutcheson has been selected as the chair of the board of directors for Calgary’s 2026 Olympic Bid Corp. Hutcheson is the co-founder of Aspen Properties and the company’s executive chair of the board. Aspen owns a number of office properties in Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary's Business: Why did you take on this role? Hutcheson: I skied…

Special Olympians earn medals at bowling tournament

Athletes from the area are also involved in track and field, snowshoeing and bocce. And there’s room for more activities, depending on volunteers

Special Olympians earn medals at bowling tournamentKevin McBain of The Clarion The competitive season for athletes who are part of the Kindersley and District Special Olympics organization is winding down. In their most recent action, several athletes attended the annual Bob Pedde five-pin bowling championships in Saskatoon and came back with several awards. The event held April 28 and 29 featured…

Local player represents Canada in international series

‘It has been an honour and a privilege every time I pull on the Team Canada jersey’

Local player represents Canada in international series  Kevin McBain of The Clarion There is something very special about representing your country, pulling the jersey with the Maple Leaf on it, and trying your best to win for your team and your country. Braden Close, 22, experienced this feeling for the second time as a member of Team Canada’s national development ‘para…

Calgary’s 2026 Olympic bid needs real due diligence

Establish a business-focused bid committee and poll Calgary taxpayers on what they really want before committing to the Games

Calgary’s 2026 Olympic bid needs real due diligenceThe recent flurry of administration flubs and related stories around Calgary’s potential 2026 Olympic bid only serve to cloud the real issues and elevate public confusion. If we’re going to commit to hosting the Winter Games in eight years, we owe it to ourselves to do real due diligence – and to embrace common sense…

Skipping Olympics a bridge too far for Bettman?

The NHL commissioner has kept the wolves at bay for years, but this season finds Bettman with nothing new to offer and much to lose

Skipping Olympics a bridge too far for Bettman?Don’t look now but Gary Bettman may be running out of second acts. The National Hockey League commissioner for life has spent a good deal of time pushing off the dodgy reality of his league’s place in the broadcast universe. He’s kept a marginal attraction afloat when ESPN and others ignore the league. But could…