Council to put Olympic bid to vote Oct. 21 

Province believed committed to legacies package

Want to have your say on the Olympics?

Now is your chance. Council’s next meeting, Oct.21, starting at 6 p.m. at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, will be all about the Olympic bid.

Spokespeople from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid will outline the process from beginning to end and will take questions and comments from the floor.

Council will also make a presentation. (For details go to

At the end of the meeting, which promises to be lively, it is likely council will vote on whether or not they are going to endorse the bid.

Mayor Hugh O’Reilly is hopeful the outcome will be positive.

"We said, ‘If you can build it within this framework and deliver on these legacies that we would support it,’ and I believe they have," he said.

"So obviously I believe that council will support this bid."

He believes the bid and council have looked at every issue but if something comes up at the meeting it will be addressed.

"We have done a lot of work," said O’Reilly.

"We want to communicate that to the community. But we also want to assure people that if they have concerns and reservations there are still tools to deal with them."

The City of Vancouver, other municipalities, tourism organizations, various chambers of commerce, the provincial and federal governments all came out in support of Vancouver’s quest to host the Games months ago.

But Whistler has been ‘Mum’ on the issue.

Sam Corea spokesman for the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation said the announcement of the meeting is welcome news.

"We will have to wait and see what their response is," he said.

"It is really up to Whistler now. The fact is that we have worked through a process, we followed it and Whistler followed it, and on Oct. 21 we will be at the next stage of the process."

The hold up has been the municipality’s desire to get three legacies from the provincial government in place before offering support. These are legacies the resort will get whether or not the bid is successful.

B.C. will learn next July if it has won the right to host the 2010 Winter Games.

"I am comfortable that we have commitments to everything the community should be concerned about," said O’Reilly referring to agreements with the provincial government on the legacy package.

It includes a large tract of land in the Callaghan Valley, which will be site of the athlete’s village and Nordic event centre, the expansion of municipal boundaries, and new financial tools to support the resort.


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