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  1. "$6-billion" is a BOGUS number made by an anti-Games activist, Chris Shaw. He includes many projects that would have been built regardless of the Games and have also been planned long before the Olympic bid. The "$6-billion" figure includes the $2-billion SkyTrain Canada Line from Downtown to the airport and to Richmond and it has been a massive ridership success...this line was 30-years in the works and almost got built in 1994 until the provincial government decided to build another SkyTrain line on another route first. "$6-billion" also includes the $800-million convention centre expansion, which had been planned since the early/mid-1990s. And it also includes the $700-million Sea-to-Sky highway upgrade, which was planned for 2012 but was fast tracked a few years for the Olympics. Leave it to Shaw, and he'll add in every infrastructure construction cost Vancouver has incurred this past decade...as if Canada's third largest urban centre didn't have to expand its infrastructure but had to because of the Olympics. Vancouver's Olympic costs are NOT $6-billion.
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  2. They are building a new stadium in Winnipeg Kendrega. There is also a push for a new one in Regina as well. Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax would need stadiums and Toronto's would have to be over 80,000.
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  3. Toronto, put your Olympic dreams aside for now and focus on making the most of the 2015 Pan Am Games. You're not winning an Olympic bid for at least 10-15 years. The Pan Am Games and the Vancouver Games are huge factors that both helps and hinders you. Vancouver helps because Canada delivered a successful Olympic Games. Hinders because Canada delivered those Games. Pan Ams help because it gives Toronto a big multi-sport event to gain experience from, but it hinders because they are not going to mount a successful bid for 2020 at the same time they two years out from delivering said multi-sport event. Rio tried that for 2012 and they were quickly cut from the list. The numbers don't favour it either. If Toronto were to bid for the 2020 Games, that would mean in the 50 year period between Montreal's Olympic victory in 1970 and Toronto's potential hosting in 2020, Canada would have had four Olympic Games. A country of just over 30 million that falls somewhere between 15th and 20th in all time medal counts and only has two cities capable of hosting the Summer Games getting that many games in that short a time is just not happening that soon. Even if the timing seems right to go up against a blank slate from the United States, you just know that will be ammunition against Toronto by any other city bidding for the Games. With no games ever hosted in Africa, with Hungary, Poland, and Romania having big medal hauls but never hosted, with France and Sweden a century from their last hosting, with Germany, Japan and Italy half a century away, how can they go back to Canada so soon? And even though their Olympic record is weak, India, the Arab World and South East Asia have large populations and big interests in getting involved in the international community. Toronto, my dear, you have a lot going for you, but so much against you. That goes for you, too, Quebec City. So I think it is time for us Canadians to rest on our Vancouver laurels, pay off the bills, execute excellent Pan Ams for Toronto 2015, invest in our summer athletes, and then hedge our bids for nothing earlier than 2028. And that will also give Quebec City 30 years to pile 30 meters of rock on top of Le Massif.
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  4. Finally a vote for Plushenko...so now it's only the Russian media who are out of the votes for the Juan...
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  5. The Americans will have a rough time getting by the Finns with the way they played against Switzerland. The women's gold is a toss up the Canadian women haven't lost to them since the world championships. Hopefully the trend continues . But I wouldn't be surprised either way.
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  6. To bad no Russian are here to stand up for Sochi and share more about their pov and amazing country.
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