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  1. Not sure where to put this topic but anyways The surfing event as I understand it will make certain geographical bids possible. For instance, it would be impossible as I understand it to hold a surfing event in a landlocked country. Consider a hypothetical Toronto bid, how could a bid be possible? Is it possible to hold the surfing event in British Columbia? It would seem extremely awkward to have a surfing event over 3000 miles away from the host city. The same issue would arise with a Chicago bid. Has there been any discussion about this on the site.
  2. I see that you didn't dare to try to challenge my points. Now imagine this scenario that is probably going to happen.....Toronto bids, and once again fails to win....IOC once again feels sorry for Canada and awards Quebec City the 2026 Winter Games. Once again, Toronto has to be the scapegoat for another Canadian winter olympics.
  3. There are a few things I would like to ask you about the public transit argument. I used to believe that too, and I was a staunch supporter before of Olympics in Toronto, but let's look at a few things: -Athletes, Coaches, Delgates, IOC, WILL NOT use public transit whatsoever. Instead like we just seen during the Pan Am Games, regular traffic lanes will be turned into OLYMPIC LANES, not 50/50 HOV/PAN AM lanes, but full Olympic Lanes to make sure they get exactly where they are going and not have to face the horrors of local traffic -While spectators will have to use public transit, consider
  4. See, so it looks like I was right all along. If Agenda 2020 works, then perhaps Toronto should try a bid, but for now it makes the most sense to let someone else be the guinea pig as I do not want to be paying potentially 20 billion or more as a taxpayer for the Olympics.
  5. Yeah, nice run by DeGrasse.....too bad he couldn't win the medal without sharing the podium though.
  6. Now that the Pan American Games are totally over, with all the HOV lanes being eliminated and everything being restored to the way it was before the games started. I ask all of you who went to events, as I went to events as well, was there any benefit at all to city or region in hosting the Pan American Games.....oh but we got a wonderful aquatic centre. Yeah, just try using it, unless you are a current student of UTSC, forget about using it, it costs an arm and a leg to just set foot in that place for one day. What about the lovely Union-Pearson Express....are you kidding me, $30 bucks to go
  7. The border would definitely need a plan, and it COULD possibly work if they were to allow Olympic delegates and athletes to obtain status that is practically identical to NEXUS status. For those who don't know, NEXUS is a program where citizens of Canada or the US, where they do a criminal background check, and once they deem you to be low risk, allow you to have a NEXUS card which allows you to use NEXUS lanes at port of entries in Canada or the US. The NEXUS Lane at a customs plaza is kind of like an E-Z Pass Lane, sure, it's not as fast as an EZ Pass Lane, but it's a lot quicker than the
  8. Windsor may look nice on the map, but there's one thing all of you are forgetting. Windsor is in a different country than the United States, this isn't a problem if the two countries had something like a schengen agreement, but there is almost no harmonization of rules between Canada and the US. For instance, if I recall, Krakow's bid had some events scheduled in Slovakia I believe. That doesn't create much of an issue within the Schengen zone because going from Poland to Slovakia is essentially like crossing between states in the US. But not so between Canada and the US, so we will need athl
  9. Is there anything wrong with building freeways, I'll tell you one thing it does promote, freedom. You want to board a bus or train and squeeze in with people, meanwhile hearing babies cry and what not. My avatar is a shield for the freeway in Brampton that led to its growth, that is Highway 410. Freeway expansion seems to be discouraged in today's bizarre thought process of thinking, they always like to say induced demand and the "obese man and belt analogy". The problem with this analogy is that it assumes that being a large city is bad in the first place. People in North America WANT to liv
  10. But even if an express tram, or LRT, call it what you will is built from Union (assuming it uses the same station that the 509 Harbourfront Route does) to the Portlands, how exactly does that affect the rapid transit priorities that are needed RIGHT NOW in Toronto? Did you happen to know that Line 1 in our system is busier than any subway service in The Big Apple? I am specifically speaking about the "Downtown Relief Line", which hopefully uses Queen or King as the street it generally runs parallel to. An Olympics in Toronto makes that a priority exactly? As far as I can see, no potential venu
  11. I don't know what exactly will happen in Rio next year, but there is one thing that is a given to happen. "Hino Nacional Brasileiro" WILL be heard a LOT more than "O Canada" in medal ceremonies and that is a fact.
  12. I would like to believe that, but if it comes to building a metro, considering that I've been following the Spadina Subway extension way back when it was approved in 2005....and it's still two years away speaks volumes, with how slow the progress of going through EAs, and construction and what not, as well as dealing with the NIMBYs, If the century old "Downtown Relief Line" (I really do not like that term by the way because it's not specific enough) finally does get approved because of an awarded bid for 2024, do you honestly think that the downtown line will be from late 2017 to when the Oly
  13. So MisterCorporate, are you willing to just throw 20 billion dollars of our tax money away for a three week party? Mind you that's a very conservative estimate on the price of an Olympics. You obviously know where I reside, am I in the "outer outer suburbs" as you describe, because I consider myself as living in the GTA. The municipal borders of Toronto may end at Steeles Avenue at the north, and the Etobicoke Creek at the west, but you and I both know that the city does not magically end at these legislated boundaries. What goes on in Peel and York is for sure important to how the GTA functio
  14. Anger from our friends in Beantown killed their bid. I spoke to a PhD student outside the Markham venue on Sunday about the Olympic bid. She was doing a survey about the ParaPan Am games, we had a fairly long conversation but she agreed with me and knew her stuff in that going for Toronto 2024 would be a total waste. Why is it that governments are willing to pour billions into the five ring circus, but not willing to pour billions to build real rapid transit in Toronto. If you recall the long debates in previous years, we couldn't afford subway lines, we could only afford LRT, blah blah blah.
  15. Ok, intoronto, look at the real world, read those comments from that Toronto Star article you posted, and just tell me how many are in favor of a bid. I read every comment and could not find one supporting the idea. Yet for being the realist, I am somehow seen as being the troll here.
  16. This may be two years old, but why are you glad baseball didn't get back? The premier league(s) of baseball (depending on how you want to look at it) is one of the biggest leagues in the world in terms of club sports. I'm of course talking about MLB. Baseball got the heave-ho, meanwhile Golf gets added.....silly IOC. Baseball no matter how you look at it is easily more global than *cough* Handball....even for the Pan American Games, the biggest sports country in the world south of me did not even have a team there. Why is Handball thus a sport when it is mostly european nations who play it. B
  17. This is something I've always wondered, because I have honestly found the concept behind medal ceremonies to be sort of counter-intuitive to the ideals of the Olympic movement. The idea of uniting the world together through sport....while at the same time raising national flags and playing in many cases, national calls to battle and war. At first before doing any research, I assumed that the medal ceremony had its origins with the 1936 Berlin games, but I was wrong. The podium was introduced to the Olympics in the 1932 games in Los Angeles, (which in turn was introduced before in the 1930 Bri
  18. That's good to hear, right now, COL is facing USA in Wheelchair basketball....and it is actually being shown on LIVE TV. CBC showed absolutely no events live except the Opening and Closing ceremonies.
  19. No discussion of the ParaPan Am Opening ceremony tonight? So the first time since 1976, Parasport competition is happening in Toronto. My own personal opinions about the opening ceremony for those who tuned in: -Parade of Nations, this time we did not have those Name Bearers that looked like they belong in the Tribute Parade for The Hunger Games....the athletes entered according to the English names of the countries this time around, (if you recall, the Spanish name of the country is how they entered for the Pan Am games) as well the name bearers walked in with real signs for the names of the
  20. Funny when I basically said the same thing, everyone called me a troll....as for newspaper comments, just check any paper, the Star, the Sun, the Globe, whatever, there is unanimous anomisty towards the possibility of the 2024 Olympic bid. Bids only work when you have some public support to work with, even though I was in my early teens when Toronto lost the bid in 2001, there was general positivity towards the games happening in 2008. Methinks that the support today would be virtually non-existant. As we all know, we have a rather precarious situation on Friday, two bids for the 2022 games, f
  21. Tell me how they are a success when we can obviously see the increase in accidents that have occurred. What's happened with this case of temporary HOV lanes is different for the effects on how people generally see how a freeway operates. Unlike the permanent HOV lanes on the QEW, 403, and 404, the temporary ones use the left most lane, the lane that is right next to the left most lane did not become the new left most lane. As we know the left most lane is for passing, but people in the next lane over are not driving to the demands of the left lane, so what happens, people attempt to sneak into
  22. The idea of a Blue Jays stadium does sound intriguing however. The issues regarding Toronto and the CFL are complex, despite TV ratings, and I don't know where they come from, I honestly don't know anyone who supports the Argonauts or watches the CFL around here. I'm not going to deny that the CFL is popular in Western Canada, but that's not the issue. When it comes to the Argonauts, I've read somewhere that the CFL needs a team in Toronto for TSN to have total broadcast rights, or something along those lines. And that if there was no Toronto team than you can kiss the CFL contract goodbye. S
  23. Which is another thing I ask you when it comes to lane closures, would you dare try to defend the HOV/Pan Am lanes being in effect on the QEW in Mississauga still? Because the last time I checked, there are NO events that would require you to use the QEW to get to (you would be a fool to use the QEW to get to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga) and there are no events in Halton, Hamilton, and beyond. So what's with that lane closure still being effect? Perhaps more HOV social engineering at play? The IOC may only care about Toronto proper, but you know as well as me that not all of the events
  24. The NFL team would have to be tied into the whole thing when the stadium is built, the question regarding the National Football League can survive in Toronto, which for sure it can, even with the depreciating dollar. The real issue is the political ramifications of playing American Football in Canada, and for those who want to laugh at me, this issue has went to parliament twice, just to show you how some will even define Canadian Football as being paramount to Canadian identity. In 1974, the now defunct World Football League was going to have a team in Toronto called the Toronto Northmen, po
  25. Oh sure, the government will support it, as who cares what the people think. But those who call me a troll, I'm absolutely serious, go conduct an informal poll and ask random people (or people you work with, whatever) on how they feel about the Toronto 2024 Olympics. I'm fairly sure 65% or more, and that's being conservative, will be against it. Support for an Olympic Bid may have been there when we went for 2008, but among the public nowadays, I'm sure you will mostly find negativity. Those in Durham and Halton have had nasty commutes, (and don't assume that all these people work downtown) a
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