Nelson Minor Hockey celebrated Minor Hockey Week in Canada the best way possible — by hosting the annual Novice Hockey Tournament at the NDCC and Civic Arenas during the weekend.Teams, with players between the ages of six to eight, from South Okanagan, Creston, Penticton and Spokane join host Nelson in the three-day event.Nelson Minor Hockey has 11 teams in its association with more than 100 girls and boys between the ages of six to 16 years.
The playoffs will start a week early for Hoopa Valley as the Warriors welcome the California School for the Deaf (CSD) to town for a regular season finale that will send the victor into the North Coast Section Division-VII tournament and the loser, into the off-season.Hoopa Valley (3-6) picked up today’s home game against CSD (6-3), a 1 p.m. kickoff, to round out its 10-game regular season schedule after canceling its season opener due a an injured and depleted roster.Hoopa Valley is …
President Jacob Zuma will once againbestow National Orders on South Africanand foreign nationals on Freedom Day,27 April 2011.(Image: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanele MngadiMedia inquiries, President Jacob Zuma +27 82 330 1148 or +27 12 300 5431 RELATED ARTICLES • Blatter awarded National Orders • Presidency talks to children • Fifa awards Tutu’s football spirit • Zuma hotline goes liveSource: the PresidencyOn 27 April, Freedom Day, President Jacob Zuma bestowed National Orders on a number of worthy South Africans and citizens of foreign countries. The Presidency released the list of recipients for 2011 on 21 April.Zuma will confer the six categories – each one representing a specific service offered to the country – of the Order of Mendi for Bravery, Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.The National Orders are the highest awards bestowed by the president of the Republic of South Africa upon those who have contributed meaningfully in making the country what it is today.As an initiative that was implemented at the dawn of South Africa’s first decade of freedom, the National Orders programme contributes to the symbolic building and consolidation of the country’s new democracy.In the execution of this responsibility, the president is assisted by the director-general in the Presidency, who is also the chancellor of National Orders and an advisory council.The National Orders seek to enhance social cohesion. They serve to foster the spirit of unity, nation building and social cohesion within South African society, as they honour those outstanding individuals from all walks of life. They celebrate the spirit of one nation, many cultures as reflected by the diversity of the Rainbow Nation.At this, the 16th investiture ceremony, South Africa will honour men and women for exceptional and outstanding contributions, many of whom are simply legends and others icons of selfless sacrifice and service, courage and commitment. These people of deep humanity and principle, truth and talent, rank among the finest of human beings, who unquestionably deserve acknowledgement.The president will also award men and women whose dedication to their fellow human beings, their esoteric interests, their art and sport have embellished society, communities and citizens with honour and credit. They are men and women who have nourished South African souls with the beauty of art, splendour of performance and the grace of sport as well as groundbreaking advances in science, medicine and many other fields.Herewith then, the list of National Orders Nominees:1. ORDER OF MENDI FOR BRAVERYBRONZE Donald Thumamina Mboto (Posthumous)For a selfless act that led him to lose his life while trying to save a drowning child in St. Michaels beach in KwaZulu-NatalRaymond Basil van Staden (Posthumous)For his selfless act that led to the saving of a person from drowning at Warner Beach in DurbanSILVERSarah Gertrude Mary Christina Holland (Posthumous)For providing shelter to orphaned children and sacrificing her own life to save the lives of the children who were in her careGOLDMatola Raid MartyrsFor paying the supreme price for freedom and for sacrificing their lives in pursuit of a just, free, non-racial and non sexist democratic society2. ORDER OF IKHAMANGABRONZEThokozani Mandlenkosi Ernest Nene (Posthumous)For his outstanding contribution in enriching the isiZulu language and culture, and his revolutionary invention of new lexicon in isiZuluMasana Samuel “Sam” NzimaFor his excellent contribution to photojournalism and putting the brutality of apartheid police in the international spotlightSindiwe MagonaFor her outstanding achievements in literature, playwright and for using her pen as weapon in the struggle for peace, social change and freedomSILVERDavid GoldblattFor his excellent contribution in the portrayal of South African life through the medium of photography and for leaving an indelible mark in our country’s inclusive literary cultureJosiah ThugwaneFor his excellent achievement during the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and his contribution in the field of athleticsBasil “Doc” Bikitsha (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to the profession of journalism and literature, and for being an important social commentator in his chosen beatRaymond Chikapa PhiriFor his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheidMarlene van NiekerkFor her outstanding intellectual contribution to literary arts and culture field through poetry, literature and philosophical worksMannie ManimFor his excellent skills in theatre lighting design, administration, practical and technical contribution to theatre in South Africa and the field of artsBusisiwe Victoria “Busi” Mhlongo (Posthumous)For her excellent contribution to the field of music and putting South Africa on the international music map with her prolific musical compositionGOLDAmandla Cultural EnsembleFor their contribution to the struggle against apartheid through their cultural performancesMolefi Nathanael OliphantFor his excellent contribution in the development of soccer in South Africa and excellent leadership in the successful bid and hosting of the 2010 FIFA World CupIrvin KhozaFor his excellent contribution and dedication in helping South Africa obtain the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and for ensuring that the tournament becomes a success as chairperson of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing CommitteeDaniel “Danny” JordaanFor his excellent contribution and hard work ensuring that South Africa host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup3. ORDER OF BAOBABBRONZE Reginald Dudley FordeFor his outstanding leadership in the field of education and contribution to the community service through the channels of the education system and the Boy Scout Movement of South AfricaNowongile Cynthia MoloFor her outstanding contribution to the development of women through the “Women in Agriculture and Rural Development” (WAARD), a self-empowerment initiative that changed the lives of many familiesSILVER Professor William Sinclair WinshipFor his excellent contribution to the field of medicine and dedication of his adult life to paediatrics and human geneticsDavid Patrick RussellFor his excellent contribution and commitment in opposing the apartheid system as a church leader and for taking a brave stand on many thorny issues to ensure that South Africa became a democratic societyGOLDRev. Phambani Jeremiah Mzimba (Posthumous)For his exceptional contribution and pioneering spirit in the formation of the African Independent Churches and his instrumental role in the development of a new understanding of Christianity among the African believers.4. ORDER OF LUTHULI BRONZEHarriet Bolton (Posthumous)For dedicating her adult life to the struggle for liberation, campaigning for workers’ rights and for organising the Furniture Workers’ Industrial Union and the Garment Workers’ Industrial UnionMargaret Gazo (Posthumous)For leading the women’s march to the Union Buildings and for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the ideals of democracy and her contribution to human rights and the struggle against apartheidViolet Sarah Matlou (nee Phiri)For her outstanding contribution to the struggle for liberation and for the ideals of just, non-racist and democratic South AfricaTsietsi Mashinini (Posthumous)For his bravery and leadership of the Soweto students uprising of 16 June 1976SILVERNelson DialeFor his excellent contribution in the struggle against apartheid and for his selfless sacrifices over many for attainment of freedom for all in South AfricaIsmael Chota Meer (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to a non racial and democratic South Africa, struggle for liberation, workers rights and for the formation of Natal Teachers UnionMatsobane Morris MatsemelaFor his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and standing for the ideals of a free, just and democratic South AfricaFlorence Elizabeth Mnumzana (nee Mhinga)For her excellent leadership and activism in the health care sector as a contribution in the fight against apartheidGOLDLionel “Rusty” Bernstein (Posthumous)For his political activism, abandoning privilege and dedicating his adult life to the struggle for liberation, democracy, human rights and peace, and for striving to build a better Africa and a better world through the anti-apartheid crusade5. ORDER OF MAPUNGUBWE SILVERProfessor Pieter SteynFor his excellent contribution and achievements in chemistry and biosynthesis of mycotoxins6. ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF OR TAMBOSILVERHélène PasstoorsFor her excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation, democracy and human rights, and for waging a concerted struggle against racial oppression as an ANC activist and operative in South Africa, including engagement in underground workViacheslav Shiryaev “Ivan”For his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and attainment of a democratic, non-racial and a non-sexist South Africa, and promoting friendship ties, joint cooperation programmes and projects between Russia and post apartheid South AfricaAndrew Jackson YoungFor his contribution to the struggle against oppression in South Africa, striving for better and fairer global social order and championing the cause of human rights in the international arenaGOLDLuis Inácio Lula da SilvaFor his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the agenda of the South and for the creation of a just and equitable system of global governance.
PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin will renew their rivalry when they face off in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) Season 4 opener at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on December 22.Marin, reigning Olympic and World champion, could be the ace that actress-turned-owner Tapsee Pannu will be relying on to give the kind of kick-start that debutants Pune 7 Aces would need when they start their PBL campaign against the Sindhu-led Hyderabad Hunters.For the left-hander Marin, it comes as a challenge which she will cherish as the Spaniard would be playing against the team that she has been a part of until last season.That itself makes the opening contest an exciting affair as she is expected to take on none other than Sindhu, who will be returning home after being with the Chennai Smashers in the previous season.”I will be representing my own city and that makes this opening clash even more special. You can expect full-throated support from the Hunters which will prove to be our strength as we face Pune. I will look forward to play against Carolina and it will surely be a match to remember,” said Sindhu, talking on her singles contest against the Spaniard.The 2016 Olympic champion, who had helped Hyderabad hunt down the title last year, will have no qualms while competing against the team that she had represented. This is what makes the lung-opener in Mumbai very interesting.”I am now part of a new team and yet another Indian city; you can expect me to give my 100 percent to Pune 7 Aces. As for the match against Sindhu, both of us will want to win our tie. My job is to play to the best of my ability and I will certainly do it,” said the Spaniard.advertisementIndeed, the two have had a great rivalry, especially since the Rio Games final which spilled over to the Worlds.Sindhu, who lost on both occasions will have the home advantage and would be looking to avenge her back-to-back losses in Mumbai, to give a positive start to the Hyderabad Hunters.Full schedule of PBL 4 (Tentative): The added advantage is the South Korean mixed doubles specialist Eom Hye Won, a marquee player who can change the fortunes for the Hunters.As a counter, 7 Aces have Danish doubles former No.1, Mathias Boe and promising Lakshya Sen in their ranks.The badminton extravaganza will witness 30 ties being played including seven double headers this season; each city will be hosting one double header though Pune and Ahmedabad will see two double headers this year.”We have a new team in Pune 7 Aces and this season we will be playing in two new cities — Ahmedabad and Pune — keeping in mind BAI and PBL’s efforts to promote and take the game far and wide,” Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma said.Syed Modi International champion Sameer Verma-led Mumbai Rockets will open their campaign from Mumbai on December 23. The Pune leg will witness yet another marquee clash between Sindhu and Saina Nehwal when Hyderabad Hunters meet North Eastern Warriors on New Year’s Day.This contest would be as keen for both the top-ranked Indians as well as their followers as it will be a keenly-watched uproarious contest with the locals equally divided in their support!Former world champion Viktor Axelsen-led Ahmedabad Smash Masters will start their home campaign against Awadh Warriors and later play against the defending champion, Hyderabad Hunters.India’s top-ranked Kidambi Srikanth-led Bengaluru Raptors will see the home leg starting from January 7 with the semi-finals and the final being played in Bengaluru.H.S. Prannoy turning up for Delhi Dashers will play their first match against Mumbai while Chennai Smashers will kick off their campaign against Ahmedabad Smash Masters.The 23-day event will witness nine teams Delhi Dashers, Ahmedabad Smash Masters, Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashes, North Eastern Warriors and Pune 7 Aces slug it out for a prize purse of Rs 6 crore in five cities with the inaugural rounds being held in Mumbai, followed by Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.(With inputs from IANS)Also Read | BWF World Tour Finals 2018: Full list of players qualifiedAlso Read | Bengal’s top doubles badminton player Trinankur Nag dies of electrocutionAlso Read | Syed Modi International: Sameer defends title, Saina settles for silverAlso watch –
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Chandigarh: In another setback for the Indian National Lok Dal ahead of the Haryana Assembly polls, two more party MLAs besides one Independent legislator joined the ruling BJP in Haryana on Monday. INLD’s Ram Chander Kamboj, MLA from Rania assembly segment in Sirsa district, who had recently resigned from the party and Naseem Ahmed, legislator from Firozpur Jhirka, joined the BJP fold. Independent MLA from Saffidon, Jasbir Deswal, who has been supporting the BJP, too joined the ruling outfit in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and State unit chief Subhash Barala. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Notably, Naseem Ahmed had switched over to the Congress, days before general elections were held for the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana in the sixth phase on May 12. However, he had not resigned from his parent party INLD then. All the three legislators have joined the BJP “unconditionally”, Barala said. A few days back INLD’s Ratia MLA Ravinder Baliala had joined the saffron party along with Jagdish Yadav, a former Haryana minister. The INLD has been decimated since it split last year over a feud in the Chautala family and several members switched over to the BJP.
TORONTO – Crown prosecutors are seeking to revoke the bail of a Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago.Const. James Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison last year for his role in the shooting of Sammy Yatim, an incident that set off a wave of public outrage after video of what happened went viral.The officer is appealing his conviction and had been out on bail, living under house arrest.On Wednesday, Forcillo was arrested and charged with breaching the conditions of his bail for allegedly failing to live with his surety, failing to notify Ontario’s police watchdog of any changes of address and for leaving his home without his surety, except under special circumstances.The arrest came after Forcillo had applied, a week earlier, to change the conditions of his bail, requesting to add a new surety and to live at her home.That application was withdrawn after Forcillo was arrested and charged with failing to comply with recognizance his lawyer, Michael Lacy, said.On Friday, as Forcillo appeared in a north Toronto court for a hearing on that charge, the Crown said it had applied to the Court of Appeal to have the officer’s bail revoked.The outcome of that revocation application will determine whether it is necessary to have a bail hearing on Forcillo’s charge of failing to comply with recognizance, a prosecutor said.If the Court of Appeal revokes Forcillo’s bail, he will begin serving his six-year prison term.Lacy said he could not comment on the Crown’s revocation application.“We’re reviewing it and looking at all the developments and we’ll take a position at the appropriate time,” he said.Forcillo is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 30 and will remain in custody until then.Though Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder in Yatim’s death, he was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for shooting the 18-year-old Yatim multiple times.
OTTAWA – Canadian exports fell for a third month in a row as the country’s trade deficit increased in August, Statistics Canada said Thursday.The trade deficit came in at $3.4 billion for the month compared with a $3.0-billion deficit in July.The increase came as overall exports slipped 1.0 per cent to $43.6 billion in August. Export volumes fell 1.9 per cent for the month.Imports were virtually unchanged in August at $47 billion.“In case there was any doubt that peak Canadian growth is behind us, this report all but cements the case,” Bank of Montreal senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote in a report.The Canadian economy roared through the first six months of the year. The strength helped prompt the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate target twice; however, the pace of growth is expected to slow in the second half of the year.Kavcic said the trade results were “another argument for the Bank of Canada to take a breather.”The larger trade deficit came as exports of consumer goods and basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products, as well as metal ores and non-metallic minerals moved lower. Exports excluding energy products were down 1.4 per cent.Meanwhile, imports of motor vehicles and parts climbed 2.5 per cent to $9.3 billion, while metal ores and non-metallic minerals rose 9.9 per cent to $1.2 billion.Imports of consumer goods fell 1.8 per cent to $10.1 billion.TD Bank economist Dina Ignjatovic said, going forward, a healthy U.S. economy should help to prop up demand for Canadian-made goods, supporting export volumes.“However, the appreciation of the loonie since early-September has somewhat reduced the competitiveness of Canadian exporters and could provide some offset,” Ignjatovic wrote in a note to clients.“The outcome of the NAFTA renegotiations also poses some risk, but with negotiations moving slowly, it is unlikely to impact trade this year.”Canada’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed to $2.3 billion in August compared with $3.2 billion in July as the Canadian dollar strengthened relative to the U.S. currency.The country’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States slipped to $5.7 billion in August compared with $6.2 billion in July.
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Rate hike decisionA cooling economy is dampening expectations that the Bank of Canada will hike the overnight rate on Wednesday. Both September inflation and August retail sales came in below analysts’ expectations on Friday, suggesting the BoC will hold steady after raising rates twice in a row.Weekly statsStatistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for August (Monday), data on immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Aboriginal peoples (Wednesday), and data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for August (Thursday).Stranzl to break his silenceBrandon Stranzl, former CEO of Sears Canada, will speak to media on Monday regarding the liquidation of Sears Canada’s remaining stores. Stranzl had led an unsuccessful push to buy the retailer and turn it around, and the company’s leadership faced harsh criticism from laid-off employees over the size of retention bonuses offered to executives to see the liquidation process through.Let’s talk about something other than blind trusts, ok?After a week of bad headlines and intense criticism, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will deliver the fall economic update in the Commons on Tuesday. Morneau has been under fire since it was revealed that he had not placed his substantial personal holdings into a blind trust, a move he reversed on Friday, despite insisting the rules don’t require him to do so.EarningspaloozaSome of Canada’s most well-known companies will release earnings next week, including West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (Monday); CN Rail (Tuesday); Air Canada, New Gold Inc, Barrick Gold, Suncor Energy Inc., Western Energy Services Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. (Wednesday); Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Maple Leaf Foods Inc., First Quantum Minerals, Shaw Communications Inc., Husky Energy and Eldorado Gold Corp. (Thursday); and Precision Drilling Corp. (Friday).
Waite maintains the games are not accessible for all Calgarians and most people would be watching the games on TV anyway and not actually attending them.“My day job is running an agency that serves families with disabilities… and none of them are accessing any those venues because they can’t afford them. It is not true that those venues are accessible to everybody and I would rather choose an investment path that serves more Calgarians like our brand new wonderful library.”READ MORE: #NoCalgary2026 of the Olympic debate braves the cold to get the message outRibeiro countered any lack of accessibility is just another reason we should push forward with an Olympic bid.“Every single one of those venues is going to be made accessible with universal design principles… I think that we are renewing those venues specifically to address that need–to make sure they’re more inclusive not just for people with disabilities but for seniors who we know are experiencing social isolation, that can get them out of the house,” adding he doesn’t agree with the idea that venues and events are not just for “elites.”As for the affordability of actually attending and watching events, Ribeiro said Calgary will be setting ticket prices. “Over 70 per cent of them will be under $142, over 30 per cent of them will be under $42. That’s cheaper than the average Flames game. The fact that this is going to be an inclusive games that appeals to a broad swath of people is something that’s going to be unique to Calgary. It’s set on our terms, from our community to serve as many people as possible.”RELATED ARTICLES:Environmental concerns about Olympic bidA cost breakdown of Calgary hosting 2026 Winter Games should city bid and win‘Eddie the Eagle’ among Olympians cheering for a Calgary 2026 bid at rallyWaite shot back, saying hundreds of thousands of Calgarians will not benefit from hosting the games. “It’s just a fact,” she said. “Accessibility is not [just] a matter of physical accessibility it’s also cost. When you have even $20 entry fees or tickets, the families we support can’t afford that. You have to acknowledge that most Calgarians are not the ones that benefit, it truly is an elite event.”Ribeiro said the economic, emotional, and social benefits still stand and the games would give people who need jobs.WATCH: Calgary 2026 Debate: Economic benefits 4. Your burning question: Why are other communities (Canmore, Whistler) not paying to be included in a Calgary games?“They are doing us a favour,” said Ribeiro, adding there has been a lot of misinformation spread. “We have ski jumps that would need to be torn down completely and rebuilt because they’re not the Olympic regulation height. We don’t use the towers anymore. We don’t need two Olympic regulation ski jumps next door to each other in Western Canada.”Ski jumping and Nordic combined events would be held in Whistler should Calgary win the 2026 Olympics. All the rest, according to Ribeiro, would be held within and benefiting Calgary and the Calgary region.READ MORE: Canmore moves ahead with Olympic process, but with conditions 3. Is there an economic benefit if Calgary and Calgarians were to host the Olympics?“The hard facts say that the economic claims are overstated, that the jobs in a bid book tend to be overstated by ten times. And I get that, it’s a marketing document,” she said.“Tourism in Vancouver in 2012 was less than in 2009 so they got a bump for a very short time. The benefits are overstated.”Ribeiro said even in a modest estimate an Olympics would still be a “net positive” for the city. “I’ll remind everyone again: Chamber of Commerce of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, Tourism Calgary, Canada West Foundation, Ernst and Young report, all came to the same conclusion… They all say it’s a net positive benefit for the economy. I think this is now the time we need to pursue that.” Jason Ribeiro and Erin Waite faced off in a Yes vs. No debate over a potential 2026 Calgary Olympics. CityNews’ Mike Yawney hosted the Wednesday morning event. (Photo: Nick Blakney, CityNews) Waite said those potential benefits are conditional.“I can look at the hard facts of recent Olympics. We do know that in things like London, of the jobs created, half went to people who are not Londoners. If we look at what Calgary needs and what’s important for Calgary, we do have to look hard at those numbers and make sure that that kind of spend really maximizes the positive impact. I worry that because of all the things that added into the Olympics because it’s the IOC event and because it’s a very large pageant event… distracts from what Calgary needs,” she said.“I think we have better ideas and better options than the Olympics. We’ve done that, we did a great job, good for us. Let’s take value in that and then let’s do what we need now as a city.”Ribeiro said it goes beyond economic benefits. The Olympics can be a way to market Calgary as an amazing city to attract talent.“We don’t need the Olympics to make us a great city–we already are! But frankly, the billion dollars of free advertising that comes with an Olympic campaign will actually give us a platform to tell that story to the world…We need the bullhorn to be able to do that…“We have to look at the credibility behind the organizations that are supporting this that actually make a number of the economic decisions in this city, and the alignment with the 10-year strategy that city council passed unanimously. I think on every metric this dovetails with our goals.”Waite said she’s not afraid of a big project and that’s not why she’s against the bid. She pointed to other cities that bailed on Olympic bids and still managed to grow and attract business without the games.“Any kind of social or economic benefits are tacked on the side that you hope to get while you’re hosting a sporting event. I think Calgary, in this stage of its economic evolution, we need to be focused on the issues, some of our problems and really shape a clear vision going forward of what’s going to continue to strengthen and build our city. I just think tacking that goal on the side of an Olympics hosting is not going to get us there.WATCH: Calgary 2026 Debate: Your Questions Waite said it’s important to note that if you’re giving up two events to a B.C. venue, that region would reap the economic benefits; Ribeiro said what Calgary would lose in money by giving to events in Whistler would be marginal.“I am very confident that these are going to be set on our terms with our facility and frankly our intellectual capital,” he said, suggesting that other cities who have dropped their bids have done so because they aren’t Calgary.“We are probably the best winter-sport city, potentially on the planet.”Waite said all of Ribeiro’s points were perfect–for an IOC pitch, not necessarily for Calgarians. “There is a different path we could be on, it’s based on where we are currently economically, what we need to do economically. There is a lot more we can invest in like the new economy kinds of companies and the IT kind of world that we need to move into and that will help work on the downtown office vacancy and none of that will happen by focusing on the Olympics.”Waite called a potential games an event, to which Ribeiro didn’t disagree, but he said it’s also an injection and a catalyst for further growth.Advance polling stations close Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Calgarians who still need to vote will cast their ballots on Nov. 13.Click here to find out where you can vote. CALGARY (CITYNEWS) – Less than a week to go until Calgarians vote in a non-binding plebiscite and some people are still unsure of which little box to check.Both sides of the debate faced off on a special CityNews Facebook Live Wednesday morning, each trying to share their message and woo voters. During the hour-long debate, #YesCalgary2026‘s Jason Ribeiro and #NoCalgaryOlympics‘ Erin Waite debated a range of topics, including questions CityNews viewers and followers put forward.Here are the main points both sides touched on:1. Should Calgary host another Winter Games?Waite told host Mike Yawney Calgarians she’s heard from are still concerned about costs and potential overruns and who would be footing the bill.“Our position is simply that this is not the right project for Calgary now–we think we can do better than working with the IOC,” she said. “We would rather see our energy and our investment and our initiative go into those other things.”She added it’s imperative to look at the costs critically to make sure it all makes sense, since money coming from the city, province, and the federal government is all tax dollars.“It really adds up to a significant burden…The cost of hosting the Olympics simply isn’t the right project now,” she said, adding she personally doesn’t see the IOC as a good partner and the games always end up being shaped for the IOC and “what they want, not what Calgary needs”.She also said there’s a very high potential for cost overruns. She suggested putting money towards things Calgarians need and continuing to build on the old legacy of the 88 Games.On the other side, Ribeiro said there are three main reasons to host a seconds games, the first being to remember Calgary is an Olympic city.“We have a chance to renew that legacy and we have a chance to add the Paralympics to that equation,” he said. “The second is this will be an economic boom to our city–don’t take my word for it, take the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Calgary, and Calgary Economic Development. And third is I think we have a chance to make this an incredibly inclusive games, one that will not just live in the downtown and the clusters but all the way to the north, south, east, and west.”He said while the ‘no’ side is continually finding problems and “poking holes in every element”, there have been no solutions brought forward.“Let’s be clear: these are dollars that would not be coming to Calgary [otherwise],” he said, adding the current Olympic bid deal struck with the city, province, and feds give Calgarians a good path forward economically and socially.WATCH: 2026 Olympic funding breakdown “These facilities that we’re reusing are incredibly important to the fabric of this city. It’s not just for elite athletes. It’s for families, for children. We have a chance to extend that legacy for 30 to 40 years and I have yet to hear [from the ‘no’ side] either on the economics or the healthy and active living and social welfare and wellbeing or sport and recreation angles a credible path to build a better city.”As far as who will be footing the bill for security goes, Ribeiro said the federal and provincial governments have agreed to cover first-response and emergency management and security costs. Waite suggests there’s still a risk for cost overruns related to security not at Olympic-specific venues.2. Can Calgary update athletic venues within the budget but still put on a world-class Olympic event?“Calgary taxpayers actually don’t pay for a number of these facilities; over 30 years 95 per cent of the costs for Olympic venues are borne by the federal government and the provincial government,” said Ribeiro. Waite circled back and said the venues included in the bid were dictated by the IOC, and are far from the new NHL arena that Calgarians want, or a new LRT line to the airport.“It’s money misspent,” she said.“[The notion that] Canada’s Olympic athletes all train here somehow because the IOC is making them do so I think is a little bit laughable,” Ribeiro said.“We are a winter-sport city and powerhouse building on that legacy of 88.”Ribeiro said since those games, Calgary has hosted over 220 world cups or championships in a variety of winter sports. “The notion that the IOC has directed that for 30 years I think is just not accurate,” he said, adding that the sports and facilities are well-used by Calgarians.“It is something that young people in all corners of the city can aspire to. There are public offerings like public skates, et cetera, subsidized programming through Winsport for 20,000 children a year, these are important. If folks want to tell you that Calgary doesn’t benefit from these and somehow someone in Europe is I think is just not factually accurate. It would cost us far more without a bid to maintain and upgrade these facilities for 30-40 years than without. I think that’s the essential point.”WATCH: Calgary 2026 Debate: Venues