A cost breakdown of Calgary hosting 2026 Winter Games should city bid

first_imgCALGARY — A quick look at estimated costs for Calgary and Canmore, Alta., to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the bid corporation Calgary 2026 revised host draft plan and Government of Canada figures.Total estimated cost: $5.1 billion.Public investment: Government of Canada, $1.45 billion; Province of Alberta, $700 million: City of Calgary $390 million, plus $150 million credit for previous financial commitment to improve a downtown district that would be a games hub; Town of Canmore, $3 million.Private funding: $2.23 billion from games revenues, including a $1.2 billion contribution from the International Olympic Commitee in cash and services.Contingency funds to mitigate financial risk: $1.1 billion.Financial guarantor against debt: None.Security budget: $495 million.New Calgary sports venues proposed: $403 million for a multi-purpose indoor fieldhouse and 5,000-seat arena.1988 venues reboot: $502 million to upgrade McMahon Stadium, Scotiabank Saddledome, Olympic Oval, WinSports sliding track and ski kill, Nakiska Ski Resport, Canmore Nordic Centre, BMO Centre and Big 4 buildings.2010 venues reboot: The ski jump used for the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, B.C., is the proposed site for that sport and nordic combined in 2026.Proposed ticket prices: 70 per cent of tickets priced at $150 or lower, 28 per cent priced at $42 or lower.Donna Spencer, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec mother found guilty in deaths of daughters to appeal verdict

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec mother convicted in the killings of her two young daughters will appeal the guilty verdicts.Adele Sorella’s lawyers filed a motion today with the province’s Court of Appeal.A jury found the 53-year-old woman guilty on March 5 on two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of her daughters, Amanda, 9, and Sabrina, 8. The girls were found dead in the family home in Laval on March 31, 2009.The jury rejected her defence seeking a verdict of not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.WATCH: Sorella appeal conviction Sorella told the court she had little memory of the day when her daughters were found dead. And medical experts testified that Sorella experienced a dissociative episode the day of the killings.Sorella’s lawyers raise three arguments in support of the appeal: the guilty verdicts were unreasonable and not supported by the evidence; the rejection of the not criminally responsible defence was also unreasonable; and the trial judge erred in her instructions to the jury.It was the second trial on the charges for Sorella. In 2013, she was found guilty of first-degree murder, but the verdict was overturned in 2017 when the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge had erred in her instructions to the jury.Sorella has been in custody since her conviction last month.Sentencing arguments are scheduled for April 5 before Superior Court Justice Sophie Bourque, who presided over the trial.A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for at least 10 years. Invited by the judge to offer sentencing suggestions, two jurors suggested she should be eligible for parole in 10 years while the other 10 jurors said it should be after 20 years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more