Advance polls open across Calgary for Olympics 2026 bid plebiscite

WinSport held a rally Tuesday morning to encourage Calgarians to vote in the Olympic bid plebiscite as advance polling stations opened across the city.

Staff from WinSport, which owns and operates Canada Olympic Park, and the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary teamed up to spur city residents to participate by voting en masse Tuesday at the Bowness advance polling station.

Anna Stathakis, who works as a team leader at WinSport, says she’s on the “yes” side.

“It’s a big opportunity,” she said, noting the benefits for the city are immediate and lasting.

“We want to inspire human potential. What better way to do that than to have an opportunity for kids to actually see firsthand these amazing events with the Olympics. It’s a great opportunity for the city to get some facilities uplifted.”

Stathakis says the 2026 Olympics would be something to look forward to and something to celebrate.

Advance polling stations opened at 11 a.m. at locations across Calgary.

Advance polls are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 13. Residents can vote in any ward during advance polls, but on Nov. 13 you’re required to vote within your designated ward.

Jackson Sinclair, a sport co-ordinator at WinSport, says it’s about taking the legacy of the 1988 Games and building upon it.

“The Olympics, for me, it brings the community together, and it’s an opportunity for not only us but the future generations to get involved in sport,” he said.  

“So I’m going to vote yes because I’ve been to the Olympics, in Korea, as a fan, and I’ve never had an experience like that before. So, to bring that to my own home is going to be an amazing opportunity.”

LIVE EVENT: CBC Calgary Olympic Games Plebiscite Town Hall

If you live in Calgary, find out what you need to know before you cast your vote in the Nov. 13 plebiscite by tuning in to the CBC Calgary Olympic Games Plebiscite Town Hall.

Featuring a knowledgeable panel and hosted by the Calgary Eyeopener’s David Gray, we will hear from both sides and take questions from the audience. Panellists include:

  • Calgary 2026 CEO Mary Moran.
  • Yes Calgary 2026 organizer Jason Ribeiro.
  • Coun. Evan Woolley, chair of city council’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games assessment committee.
  • Economist Trevor Tombe.

It’ll take place at Calgary’s new Central Library (800 3rd St. S.E.) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, starting at 6 p.m. All of the reserved tickets have been claimed, although there will be rush seating available at 6:15 p.m. as capacity allows.

Didn’t get a ticket? Never fear, you can tune in by:

  • Joining our Facebook Live at facebook.com/cbccalgary, where you can ask questions and post comments.
  • Watching the Facebook Live in a story on our CBC Calgary website.
  • Listening in on CBC Radio One (99.1 FM or 1010 AM in Calgary), at cbc.ca/calgary or your CBC Radio App from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. MT.




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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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