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Burgess Letter On Consultations

August 13, 2013:

After meeting with the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel, Hall Of Famer and breeder-owner Robert Burgess has issued the following letter to the industry as a follow-up to his report in July....read on

GCGC, OLG Extend Slots Arrangement

July 31, 2013:

On Wednesday, July 31, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced that its interim arrangements with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for the continued operation of OLG slot facilities at Georgian Downs and Flamboro Downs have been extended to August 30, 2013....read on

MacDonald Discusses Move To Vernon

July 29, 2013:

"About three months before the slots (Slots-at-Racetracks) program was cancelled, I built a barn and put an Equicizer in (a horse exerciser), built some run-in sheds, built new paddocks for the horses. I spent over $100,000 four months before the program was cancelled, so obviously I wanted to stay here."...read on

Wynne On Ottawa Casino Situation

July 22, 2013:

On Friday, July 19, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne commented on the gaming zone situation which is currently going on in the Ottawa area....read on

MacDonald On Panel Discussions

July 22, 2013:

"We are being forced to go through a monumental change. We are being forced to look at the information as presented and work with our "new" partners. These are the same partners who left us for dead a year ago. Joining up for another go-around is a tough sell, but quite frankly the alternatives are few and far between."...read on

Leslie On Draft Plan Consultations

July 20, 2013:

OHRIA's Sue Leslie recently conducted an interview providing the horse racing industry with an update on OHRIA's response to the Transition Panel's draft plan....read on

Watson Backs Gaming Zone Request

July 19, 2013:

In an article discussing Ottawa City Council's request to the OLG for two separate gaming zones in the Ottawa area, Mayor Jim Watson has been quoted as saying the proposal appears to be a "win-win" situation for both sides....read on

T.O. Council Passes E-Bingo Measure

July 19, 2013:

On Thursday, July 18, Toronto City Council voted 35-6 in favour of allowing bingo halls to offer electronic bingo. It has been reported that the measure was passed even though the city 'will likely' see a $70,000 loss in annual revenue from the move....read on

Eaves: Taking Standardbred Racing Out Of GTA "Would Be A Mistake"

July 18, 2013:

"I think it would be a mistake to take live standardbred racing out of the Toronto market where the vast majority of people are. The draft plan didn't say that we thought it was a good idea. In fact, I think the plan went on to say it would be controversial. Fair enough, but I think that might have been a good reason to maybe not include it so definitively."...read on

Ottawa Casino Issue Back To Committee

July 17, 2013:

On Wednesday, July 17, Ottawa City Council unanimously voted in favour of a new motion introduced by Councillors Tim Tierney and Mark Taylor. The motion calls for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to create two separate gaming zones in the Ottawa area, one for the Rideau Carleton Raceway and another located elsewhere....read on

Burgess Letter On Draft Plan

July 16, 2013:

"This opening statement as the Panel's basic and fundamental premise for their current analysis of the Ontario Racing Industry is itself both completely false and very misleading."...read on

OHRIA Developing Response To Proposal

July 16, 2013:

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association has announced that it is currently developing an industry response to the Province's Horse Racing Transition Panel's draft proposal, with specific focus on providing recommended options on the subjects which were identified in recently-held public consultation sessions....read on

Panel's Draft Consultations Complete

July 11, 2013:

The final consultation session in regard to the draft plan for the future of Ontario horse racing took place Thursday, July 11 at Rideau Carleton Raceway....read on

Consultation Meeting No. 3 Wraps Up; RCR Meeting Thursday

July 10, 2013:

The third of four scheduled consultation sessions regarding the future of the Ontario horse-racing industry took place Wednesday, July 10 at Ajax Downs. The next feedback meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at Rideau Carleton Raceway at 1:00 p.m....read on

RCR Casino Motion Passes Committee

July 10, 2013:

On Tuesday, July 9 in Ottawa, the city's Finance and Economic Development Committee voted in favour of a motion brought forth by Mayor Jim Watson that calls for the Rideau Carleton Raceway to be the only acceptable location for casino expansion in the area. Ottawa Senators and thoroughbred racehorse owner Eugene Melnyk was in attendance at the meeting and aired his frustration regarding the process....read on


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