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I'd rather build permanent sporting venues that pumps out medal standing atheles even though others would consider it a white elephant than a $2.6 billion athletes village used for a few weeks.

Exactly!! I think they might need to bring in the private sector here. Sorry Ian but you were the wrong person to be hired. Virtually no experience in the sport field at all! They should have kept the same team as the bid committee.

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Went down hill when Jagoda Pike and David Peterson left.

Jagoda should've gotten the job. Dealt with three previous bids and former President of Torstar.

Exactly they should bring back Richardson asap. I believe Pike accepted a position recently so I don't think she would be available.

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Guadalajara has a purpose built village.

Rio 2007 also had theirs. About Toronto plans, how's their legacy proposal for the village? Does it does justice for the high prices? Are there plans for housing athletes in other host cities of Golden Horseshoe, thus making it cheaper?

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Rio 2007 also had theirs. About Toronto plans, how's their legacy proposal for the village? Does it does justice for the high prices? Are there plans for housing athletes in other host cities of Golden Horseshoe, thus making it cheaper?

See it wasn't just Toronto. Legacy is to turn into a mixed use for half being sold off and the other being used for low income housing. There are plans for the far flung venues to have athletes housed in a different village (likely hotels).

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Found this article yesterday. To make it short, a former Canadian IOC member (somewhat ignored as "not credible", according to the article) is warning the Ontario premier McGuinty that the cost of hosting the 2015 Pan American Games could reach $4 billion. In the past, before the bid, he wanted to bring the Games to Toronto. Now, he has officially flip-flopped and is a critic, like Chris Shaw (of Vancouver 2010).

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Found this article yesterday. To make it short, a former Canadian IOC member (somewhat ignored as "not credible", according to the article) is warning the Ontario premier McGuinty that the cost of hosting the 2015 Pan American Games could reach $4 billion. In the past, before the bid, he wanted to bring the Games to Toronto. Now, he has officially flip-flopped and is a critic, like Chris Shaw (of Vancouver 2010).

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Velodrome update coming soon: Bratina

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/651957--velodrome-update-coming-soon-bratina

City council could hear the details of a mystery Pan Am velodrome proposal from local fundraisers in the next few days, Mayor Bob Bratina said Monday.

Sources told The Spectator in late December that a private corporation is willing to make a multimillion-dollar commitment to a permanent indoor cycling oval in Hamilton — even though Pan Am officials recently announced Milton as the facility host.

Milton has until Jan. 24 to sign a binding agreement to help fund the facility, which could cost up to $45 million.

Bratina, who alluded to a local benefactor in a year-end radio interview, told councillors at Monday’s general issues committee meeting a “serious proposal may be coming forward in the next day or two.”

The mayor didn’t elaborate on the source or amount of the mystery money, other than to say it’s “significant.”

If the proposal comes together, he said, the local campaign cabinet formed in October will advise council this week. The Spectator couldn’t reach a representative from the fundraising group Monday.

Pan Am officials announced late last year that Milton has replaced Hamilton as the site of the indoor cycling venue, pending a binding agreement. Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz told The Spectator he believed his council would have to decline the velodrome before Hamilton could get back in the race.

But in answer to councillors’ questions, Bratina said Hamilton has never been officially “excluded” from the velodrome bidding process by Games organizers.

“Milton is making some statements about where they feel they are in the process … but it’s not up to Milton, it’s up to (Pan Am organizers) to make a final decision,” he said.

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60% of the venues are different!!!

http://www.thestar.c...article/1122168

This is what I've been saying all along. The original venue plan was spread out too much. Thank god they've finally come to their senses and have compacted the venue layout. So it does look like TO2015 is on budget but things can definitely change in 3 years.

I have to say that I love the Athlete's village. The plan looks great and love the renderings.

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