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Mayor Watson On Gaming Expansion

February 25, 2014:

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Postmedia’s Paul Godfrey, both of whom were key figures in Ontario horse racing politics over the past couple of years, have made the news this week for different reasons....read on

Ottawa Council Passes RCR Motion

August 28, 2013:

After having passed committee earlier this week, Ottawa City Council on Wednesday, August 28 voted 17-6 in favour of a motion to make the Rideau Carleton Raceway the only possible location in the area for expansion of casino gaming....read on

Ottawa Committee Backs RCR As Only Gaming Location

August 26, 2013:

The Ottawa Business Journal has reported that during its meeting on Monday, August 26, Ottawa City Council's Finance and Economic Development Committee voted in support of making the Rideau Carleton Raceway the only location in the Ottawa area that gaming expansion will be accepted....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

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

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

Melnyk Ends Ottawa "Gaming" Desires

July 5, 2013:

It has been reported that high-profile Canadian racehorse owner and Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has 'moved on' from his desire to bring a casino to the Ottawa area....read on

MacMillan Accuses Melnyk Of Bullying

June 24, 2013:

Ottawa-area horseman John MacMillan has issued comments in regard to Eugene Melnyk's push to have casino expansion lured away from the Rideau Carleton Raceway....read on

Melnyk Meets With Mayor Watson

June 19, 2013:

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson met with Eugene Melnyk on Tuesday, June 18. Melnyk, one of the highest-profile thoroughbred owners in Canada, is upset over Mayor Watson's motion that would make Rideau Carleton Raceway the only acceptable location for casino expansion in Ottawa....read on

Report: RCR Partners With Architect

June 18, 2013:

It has been reported that the owners of Rideau Carleton Raceway have teamed up with a well known area architect in preparation for casino gaming expansion at the track....read on

Melnyk Against RCR Casino Expansion

June 5, 2013:

Eugene Melnyk, one of Canada's most high-profile racehorse owners, has announced to the media that he is furious over Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson's decision to now only consider the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only acceptable location for casino expansion....read on

Horsemen React To Ottawa Casino

June 5, 2013:

"You talk about the fights that [Mayor Jim] Watson and I had personally in the media, a number of people questioned that relationship today in speaking to the media this morning. I said it's just like a hockey game, you shake hands at the end and I'm looking forward to developing a strong relationship on behalf of the horsepeople in this region for a long, long time."...read on

More On Ottawa Casino News

June 4, 2013:

It has been reported that on Tuesday, June 4, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson officially gave notice of his intention to table a motion for the city to endorse Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only location in the municipality for casino expansion....read on

Ottawa Mayor Backs RCR Casino

June 4, 2013:

In a startling about-face on his position regarding casino expansion, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson issued a statement on Monday supporting Rideau Carleton Raceway as his preferred location for casino development in the nation's capital....read on

Wynne: No Special Deal For Toronto

March 15, 2013:

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne issued a statement on Friday evening responding to news reports that suggest the City of Toronto is in line to receive a special casino expansion deal relating to city hosting fees....read on


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