Interesting take in the last few weeks on the "infrastructure needs" by the various arms of the Federal bureaucracy.
(based on The Spec (Sports), Thur, Nov 8th)
The CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) noted Olympic interest from the "Golden Horseshoe" area but more importantly observed this as "an area of Canada that has fallen behind much of the country in supplying facilities for both elite and recreational athletes".
As evidence, he pointed out that while large-scale sporting events have been held elsewhere in Canada (B.C. and Alberta hosting the Olympics and Commonwealth Games; Quebec the Olympics, and Manitoba the Pan-Am games), Central Canada has not held such a major event since the 1930 British Empire (Commonwealth) Games (ironically) here in Hamilton.
In other words, we're considered by the CEO of the COC to be in a "have not" area of the country.
In contrast and of significant irony here is that Halifax was awarded the last Commonwealth Games bid over Hamilton in large part based on a Government study promoting (mandating?) awarding of such events to "have not' areas of the country (coincidentally and in an obvious conflict of interest, the Chair of the Commonwealth Games Canada selection committee AND the head of the Halifax Games bid team were both involved in formulating that same Government study and "mandate").
Halifax (not) surprisingly dropped out of the global running at the last possible minute due to "imaginary" financial numbers (another element of it's questionable "winning" bid) thus denying Hamilton a rightful chance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games (just awarded to Glasgow) but to rub salt in the rejection wounds, we now have a different Government body claiming Hamilton does indeed fall within a "have not" area of Canada.
Same Government, opposing conclusions and observations from two sports bureaucracies that have resulted in decisions drastically affecting Hamilton's sports and recreational situation now and into the future. (new stadium anyone???)
If only the Government's left hand knew what it's right hand was doing. But should anyone really be surprised by such bureaucratic interference and bungling? Sadly and also not surprisingly, no one will ever be held accountable and Hamilton has lost a rare chance to gain that much needed new stadium.
Bring on the Olympics!... (as long as we get a new stadium out of it (Toronto has enough already), plus denying TO a chance and excuse to build an NFL-suitable venue)