The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Hindsight 2026

Clad in business attire at Mount Royal University, 25 third-year students look nervous as they prepare to give a high-stakes presentation in their facility and events management course at the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning on March 22.

When Crosbie Cotton arrived in Calgary in 1979 as a reporter, it was an exciting time for the city. As a reporter (and eventually editor-in-chief) for the Calgary Herald, Cotton had a front row seat when the Flames, Saddledome and Olympics arrived in succession. Forty years later, a similar situation has arisen, and the Journal spoke with Cotton to see what’s changed in the City of Calgary

Calgary’s mayor, Naheed Nenshi, says hosting another Olympics only makes sense if our city’s economy benefits. But slogging through the numbers is no easy task, especially when economists dispute the projections.

From the friendly atmosphere to heated competition, the 1988 Winter Games left their mark on Calgary.