All of them, from all beats (politics, sports, urban affairs, business), say a bid for the 2024 Summer Games would range on a scale from "stupid" to "colosally stupid."
One, Royson James, initially a fervent booster, has now changed his mind.
Here they are in chronological order.
Cathal Kelly, July 27: Hosting the Olympics is a roller coaster of despair.
Chris Selley (1), July 28: Everyone take a deep breath -- Olympic fever is fertile soil for nonsense.
Globe and Mail, Report on Business, no byline, July 28: Dear Toronto: Hosting the Olympics is really really expensive.
Royson James (1) August 7: Bring on the Olympics.
Lorrie Goldstein, August 22: Olympic bid survival guide.
Edward Keenan, August 12: How to keep the T.O. mojo going -- with or without the Olympics.
John Barber, August 25: The case against the Olympics.
Christopher Hume, September 1: Let the Games begin -- Somewhere else.
Royson James (2), September 4: An Olympian effort is beyond us for now.
Chris Selley (2), September 4: Not screwing up the Pan Am Games is no reason to dive headfirst into the mother of all money pits.
The only people in favour of a bid are former elite athletes and people who stand to make money from it.
Here Councillor Shelley Carroll hits the nail on the head.
Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East) says there is no way city officials have the time to gear up for a 2024 bid. But she understands the enthusiasm in some circles.Gee, I wonder who those people would be?
“Whether you win or lose, preparing a bid is a business and you make money being the guy who gets to prepare the bid,” she said. “A whole bunch of consultants make money and a whole bunch of retired dignitaries, and retired CEOs, get to have fun with this project and play around with big amounts of public money.”
Here's a hint. Former co-chair of John Tory's campaign, former leader of a Toronto bid, and non-yet-declared member of the non-existent (if you believe them) Bid Committee, Bob Richardson howled over this admittedly mistitled Star article, This time, Bay St. joins Toronto's anti-Olympics team.
Will John Tory go ahead with a bid that will please only elite athletes and just plain elites?
We hope he'll soon give us an answer.
ADDED: It occurred to me that people might want to copy and paste just the links.
Cathal Kelly: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/kelly-the-emotional-rollercoaster-of-hosting-the-olympics/article25728670/
Hosting the Olympics is a roller coaster of despair
Chris Selley (1): http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/toronto/chris-selley-everyone-take-a-deep-breath-olympic-fever-is-fertile-soil-for-nonsense&pubdate=2015-07-29
Everyone take a deep breath -- Olympic fever is fertile soil for nonsense
Globe and Mail, Report on Business, no byline: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/dear-toronto-hosting-the-olympics-is-really-really-expensive/article25731774/
Dear Toronto: Hosting the Olympics is really really expensive
Royson James: http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2015/08/07/bring-on-the-olympics.html
Bring on the Olympics
Lorrie Goldstein: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/08/22/olympic-bid-survival-guide
Olympic bid survival guide
Edward Keenan: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/08/12/how-to-keep-the-to-mojo-going-with-or-without-the-olympics-keenan.html
How to keep the T.O. mojo going -- with or without the Olympics
John Barber: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/08/25/the-case-against-an-olympic-bid.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
The case against the Olympics
Christopher Hume: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/09/01/hume-let-the-games-begin-somewhere-else.html
Let the Games begin -- Somewhere else
Royson James (2): http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2015/09/04/an-olympian-efforts-beyond-us-for-now-james.html
An Olympian effort is beyond us for now
Chris Selley (2): http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/chris-selley-not-screwing-up-the-pan-am-games-is-no-reason-to-dive-headfirst-into-the-mother-of-all-money-pits
Not screwing up the Pan Am Games is no reason to dive headfirst into the mother of all money pits
UPDATED September 9/15: Two more.
Richard Florida, Why Toronto Should Say No to the Olympics
Martin Regg Cohn, Why the Pan Am Games Don't Qualify Us for Olympics
UDATE, September 11/15: Globe and Mail editorial