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Old Posted Oct 6, 2017, 8:00 PM
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So here's an interesting article detailing the divide created by the ice district construction... they're rounding up the rubbies on the "good" side of the downtown and transporting them over to the "bad" side of downtown in an attempt to get a handle on crime and disorder in the downtown area, obviously trying to make it look cleaner and friendlier.

Around 10 p.m. on a recent autumn evening, an obviously intoxicated man stumbled along 109th Street, then sat on a ledge outside Hudsons Canada's Pub.

Three police officers on the Jasper Avenue beat team instantly approached the man.

"What are you doing over here?" Const. Marty Franco asked. "You can't be round here. You know that. You're drunk."

The man mumbled that he was looking for the Hope Mission.

Franco told him he was going in the wrong direction, and called for a police van to transport the man north of Rogers Place.

"That's a prime example of some of the clientele that we get that venture over here," Franco said. "That gentleman was absolutely and completely intoxicated. So he doesn't belong over here with these good people, walking around intoxicated.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...rena-1.4315729
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I would love it if Edmonton was able to host some World Cup matches and the prairies actually got to be part of this international event rather than a spectator. If Montreal does not find several hundred million in funding for a new roof and the interior of Olympic Stadium Edmonton will be hosting.

The only articles I could find with regards to repairs on Olympic Stadium are this:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/loca...wer-a-new-look

The tower was completed in 1987, 11 years after the Big O hosted the 1976 Olympic Games.

The new windows are part of a $143.5-million project that’s the first renovation in the tower’s history, said Cédric Essiminy, a spokesperson for the Régie des installations olympiques, the provincial agency that operates the Olympic Park.

Of the $143.5-million, $100 million is from the RIO’s maintenance and repair budget; it’s being used to refurbish the exterior of the tower, including $20 million for the window project, which is expected to be completed by early October.

The rest — $43.5 million — will be used to prepare the office space, 80 per cent of which has been leased to Desjardins.

“It’s a big project because there was nothing inside the tower for 30 years,” Essiminy said.

Everything from ventilation to plumbing to electricity has to be installed.

Quebec is bankrolling the $43.5 million in construction related to the office space, with the Régie expected to repay the loan, with interest, over 20 years.

As for the Big O’s 23,000-square-metre roof, the Quebec government has said it will announce its decision on whether to replace it in the fall. The new roof being considered would reportedly cost between $200 million and $300 million.

The first roof — a retractable one made of Kevlar — was installed in 1987. But it was opened and closed only 88 times before it was left permanently shut, due to repeated tears.

It was replaced in late 1998 by a fixed fibreglass-membrane roof. In January 1999, that roof ripped, sending tonnes of snow down on workers setting up the Montreal auto show. Five people were injured. Since then, use of the stadium is restricted in the winter.

In 2016, 677 new tears were discovered in the roof, bringing the total number of tears since 2007 to 7,500. Maintaining the roof cost $500,000 last year.


There has not been a decision from the government this fall regarding funding for the roof to the best of my knowledge.
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Old Posted Oct 6, 2017, 8:09 PM
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I have not come across an article that says funding for the roof has been 100% been confirmed yet. Care to show me?
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"That's a prime example of some of the clientele that we get that venture over here," Franco said. "That gentleman was absolutely and completely intoxicated. So he doesn't belong over here with these good people, walking around intoxicated.[/I]

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...rena-1.4315729
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I would love it if Edmonton was able to host some World Cup matches and the prairies actually got to be part of this international event rather than a spectator. If Montreal does not find several hundred million in funding for a new roof and the interior of Olympic Stadium Edmonton will be hosting.

The only articles I could find with regards to repairs on Olympic Stadium are this:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/loca...wer-a-new-look

The tower was completed in 1987, 11 years after the Big O hosted the 1976 Olympic Games.

The new windows are part of a $143.5-million project that’s the first renovation in the tower’s history, said Cédric Essiminy, a spokesperson for the Régie des installations olympiques, the provincial agency that operates the Olympic Park.

Of the $143.5-million, $100 million is from the RIO’s maintenance and repair budget; it’s being used to refurbish the exterior of the tower, including $20 million for the window project, which is expected to be completed by early October.

The rest — $43.5 million — will be used to prepare the office space, 80 per cent of which has been leased to Desjardins.

“It’s a big project because there was nothing inside the tower for 30 years,” Essiminy said.

Everything from ventilation to plumbing to electricity has to be installed.

Quebec is bankrolling the $43.5 million in construction related to the office space, with the Régie expected to repay the loan, with interest, over 20 years.

As for the Big O’s 23,000-square-metre roof, the Quebec government has said it will announce its decision on whether to replace it in the fall. The new roof being considered would reportedly cost between $200 million and $300 million.

The first roof — a retractable one made of Kevlar — was installed in 1987. But it was opened and closed only 88 times before it was left permanently shut, due to repeated tears.

It was replaced in late 1998 by a fixed fibreglass-membrane roof. In January 1999, that roof ripped, sending tonnes of snow down on workers setting up the Montreal auto show. Five people were injured. Since then, use of the stadium is restricted in the winter.

In 2016, 677 new tears were discovered in the roof, bringing the total number of tears since 2007 to 7,500. Maintaining the roof cost $500,000 last year.


There has not been a decision from the government this fall regarding funding for the roof to the best of my knowledge.
What a total catastrophe that stadium has been, right since day one. It's the gift that doesn't stop taking. I remember when it was "completed" it was said to have cost more than every other domed stadium in North America combined (and wasn't even successfully domed). It was how we ended up with lotteries on a big scale in Canada - because the only way the government could think of to pay for it was to bilk Canadians out of money by enticing them to gamble on the "Olympic Lottery".

It did look amazing as a drawing, though.
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What a total catastrophe that stadium has been, right since day one. It's the gift that doesn't stop taking. I remember when it was "completed" it was said to have cost more than every other domed stadium in North America combined (and wasn't even successfully domed). It was how we ended up with lotteries on a big scale in Canada - because the only way the government could think of to pay for it was to bilk Canadians out of money by enticing them to gamble on the "Olympic Lottery".
That's not quite right. The first Olympic Lottery was on April 15, 1974 and although a poorly worded article says "But faced with the biggest Olympic deficit in history, the government sees the lottery as a good way to raise cash for the 1976 Montreal Olympics." it was never foreseen, at that point, the problems that befell the project.

It was meant to help pay for a forecasted expensive Olympics, yes, in the aftermath of the Munich massacre, but not intended to pay for a disaster that hadn't yet happened (the stadium and other cost overruns).

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Old Posted Oct 7, 2017, 2:18 AM
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Montreal's Olympic debt was actually paid off via a provincial surtax on cigarettes - only on smokers in Quebec as it's provincial. The debt was paid off about 10 years ago but the surtax has remained and is now used to fund sports programs I think.
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Good find. I thought that stadium would seat 35,000 not including temp seats but in fact it does seat that many WITH TEMPS. Guess Ottawa could meet minimum capacity. With that said being a brand new high end stadium probably plays a role in deviating from FIFA's "official rules" regarding hosting capabilities. Ottawa's facility, while decent, is only half of a new stadium and not nearly as nice as the one in Russia. Then there is the issue of turf vs. grass. Not sure how easy it is to add grass to TD Place.
its relatively easy to add temporary grass to any stadium. they've been doing it since the 94 world cup. even indoors
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Thanks for that. It does state in that article though that the 400 million does not include the minimum $150 million required to replace the roof. It appears that funding still needs to be secured. Then again the World Cup is held in summer so a replacement would not necessarily be needed...unless there are safety issues with the concrete lip at the top of the stadium by that point.
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Interesting to see the Big O hosting the World Gymnastic Championship right now. Read this in an article (re configuration) "The sold-out crowd of nearly 11,000 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium cheered Black and Moors every step of the way."

I'm no architect or engineer but is the only sustainable future for the Big O to totally gut the inside and turn it into a 30k seat rectilinear stadium and to convert the remaining space to an NTC facility. I believe the latter part about becoming an NTC is in their plans.

Olympic Stadium is barely recognizable as the competition is being held in a blacked out stadium aside from the floor.

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Just as a footnote to the video Canada's Ellie Black won the silver medal in the all around (must have had a great day in the other events cuz the beam was kinda ugly) Otherwise congrats to her on a fantastic accomplishment.
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Montreal's Olympic Stadium is a site with heritage value: study
It's not just an eyesore with a broken roof or a reminder of the Expos' demise; It's architecture.
Presse Canadienne Montreal Gazette September 30, 2017

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is a site with heritage value according to a study commissioned by Quebec’s Régie des installations olympiques (RIO).

The study concludes that the Olympic Park, which is home to the stadium, is worthy of such designation due to its historical, architectural, urban and symbolic value.

“This study serves as a framework for our decisions regarding the maintenance of these sites,” RIO president Michel Labrecque said. “It’s a guide that will help us and our successors in taking short, medium and long-term actions to maintain the spirit of the site.”

While Montrealers retain a certain ambivalence towards the Olympic Stadium, it has nevertheless become the city’s signature according the 100-plus page study.

“The Olympic Park — especially the Stadium and its tower that dominate the east of the island with their monumental presence — has become a tourist attraction and a symbol of Montreal despite the controversies from its construction, which propagated beyond our borders,” the study says. It was directed by France Vanlaethe, an emeritus professor at UQAM’s school of design and the president of the architecture organization Docomomo Quebec.

The site is also of historical value, the study argues, because it has been the stage for a number of major sporting events. In addition to the 1976 Olympics, it was notably home to the Expos between 1977 and 2004. Next week, it’ll host 500 gymnasts from 80 countries for the World Gymnastic Championships.

The study also highlights the Olympic Stadium’s architectural value, most notably the nature of the construction techniques used to create its unique shape out of concrete, which were revolutionary at the time.

To encourage public awareness of the site’s heritage value, eight displays have been installed on the Olympic Park’s site. They represent the main points of the study, enhancing the itineraries already offered to tourists. More than 3,000,000 people visit the site every year.

On the occasion of the study’s release, Labrecque said that the process of replacing the Olympic Stadium’s roof is “following its course” and that the relevant minister, Julie Boulet, is aware of all the details. A decision on that matter is expected this fall. Some sources indicate that the option of a flexible, non-retractable fabric roof is preferred.
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Can't find any articles, but Ottawa's TD Place is no longer in the running as a potential site of NA's 2016 bid for the FIFA World Cup bid. Stadium is too small. In Canada, only Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are still part of the bid.
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Can't find any articles, but Ottawa's TD Place is no longer in the running as a potential site of NA's 2016 bid for the FIFA World Cup bid. Stadium is too small. In Canada, only Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are still part of the bid.
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United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup

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I travelled to Montreal to watch the World Gymnastics Championship this past weekend. Had an amazing time in Montreal. The stadium looked great. But it is definitely showing its age. The food services were underwhelming, thankfully there was an amazing food truck festival outside on the Friday. And the lineups for bathrooms huge. The event was sold out, they used ~1/3 of the stadium for competition with 11 000 fans in attendance. The other 1/3 of the stadium was used for warm up area for the athletes. The event was very well produced and fun to watch. Congrats Montreal!


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Canada v USA, Women's pre-Olympic exhibition game schedule:
Oct 22 Quebec City (Centre Videotron)
Oct 25 Boston (Agganis Arena)
Dec 3 Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
Dec 5 Winnipeg (Bell MTS Place)
Dec 15 San Jose (SAP Center)
Dec 17 Edmonton (Rogers Place)
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Bombers once again show support for world mental health day
Robbie Abrahamson cfl.ca

For the 3rd year in a row, the Bombers joined the list of organizations to show support for World Mental Health Day.



Last night, Investors Group Field shined bright with the colour of purple emanating from the stadium. This is significant as purple is the colour that represents mental health awareness.

“We hope that this small act helps to continue a growing conversation about mental health in our community,” – Wade Miller.

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The pits are the life for ex-Argo Walls
Cut by two CFL teams, Curtis Walls tried out for a NASCAR pit crew. Now he's hooked, working for Chip Ganassi and part of a wave of athletes switching to the paint-trading world of speed and rubber — and trying to make a difference.
Mark Zwolinski Sports reporter thestar.com Oct 8 2017

When Curtis Walls hopped over the pit wall to help change tires on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 car at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, he was doing more than just swapping worn-out rubber.

He was part of a bigger trend: elite athletes becoming pit-crew workers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Walls might be remembered as a former receiver and punt returner who spent the 2011 season with the Toronto Argonauts. Today, instead of racking up yardage, he’s buying time. He can get a 50-pound tire changed in roughly 10 seconds, helping McMurray get back on track in pursuit of the season title.

It isn’t something the North Carolina-raised Walls ever expected to be doing.

“Even though I grew up in Charlotte, I had no experience with NASCAR,” said Walls, an academic standout at North Carolina A&T. “I was not a car person. I never knew NASCAR would become an opportunity for me. But one of the things we now say to new guys coming into (auto racing) is, we don’t expect you to be in the sport. And when you see them succeed, it’s amazing to see that the people who can handle the grind are the ones who come to care about the sport.”

Walls is one of three ex-CFLers on McMurray’s Chip Ganassi crew, along with former Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Richie Williams and ex-Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Jonathan Willard.

Walls’ road from the gridiron to pit lane began when he suffered a knee injury in 2011. Released by the Argos, he caught on with the Calgary Stampeders. Another cut left him short of options.

“I was working out and playing, and then when I got released from Calgary I kept working out and trying to get back into the NFL,” Walls said. “I then signed with Pittsburgh in the AFL and I said to myself, this is not where I want my career to go. I had (accountant Richard Carter) handling my business ventures . . . and he put me in touch with Shaun Peet, who was a pit-crew coach for Chip Ganassi.”

His introduction to a different kind of speed game was an eye-opener.

“I went out to meet the team, and I can tell you it was a world I didn’t expect,” Walls recalled. “I had to compete there. It wasn’t just showing up for work. The guys were all competitive. They all played pro sports. I was a receiver and a returner in football, but all I could offer off the top in NASCAR was that I was coachable and had good hand-to-eye co-ordination. Everything else was so brand new to me.”

While McMurray’s crew might be the only one with three ex-CFLers in the mix, the number of athletes making the switch from other sports — including hockey and wrestling — has steadily increased since the days when pit crews were mostly comprised of mechanics and shop workers pulling double duty.

What started as a trickle in the late 1990s, when Andy Papathanassiou began to recruit elite athletes for Jeff Gordon’s team, has become a wave: 80 per cent of current NASCAR pit crews are made up of athletes who competed at a high level in other sports, either professionally or in college.

The rationale is simple: Every fraction of a second counts in a race, and bringing in athletes known for their speed, strength and agility adds up.

The results have been dramatic. Where 15 seconds was once considered an excellent clocking for a NASCAR pit stop, now it can be done as quickly as nine seconds.

Walls has been changing tires for Ganassi’s team for four seasons now. He’s also trying to help change the sport for the better.

As a Black man raised in the south, NASCAR wasn’t something he had interest in growing up. Five years ago, the series started handing out diversity awards to drivers, teams and tracks, and in 2016 Daniel Suarez became the first Mexican-born champion, in the Xfinity support series. Today, reaching out to new fans is something Walls feels strongly about, at a time when — despite an $8.2-billion (U.S.) TV contract that runs through 2024 — TV ratings and attendance are on the decline.

“Because I grew up in a culture that didn’t recognize NASCAR … you have to have an understanding of the importance of being open-minded,” Walls said. “That was a good thing for me, and I think it’s important for the future of NASCAR — redefining their sport, redefining the look of their pit crews — and if you are not recruiting athletes, you won’t be competitive.

“It’s changing the culture of the sport, and it’s really the changing microcosm of life … where you have people with different values and backgrounds come together and change things.”
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