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McGuinty Liberals Abandon Equine Industry

June 7, 2012:

In a strongly worded letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece is calling on the Liberal government to reconsider its surprise cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks program....read on

Mississauga Mayor Scoffs At Casino Talk; OLG Eyeing Woodbine?

June 7, 2012:

The Ontario Liberal Government's desires to plop a major casino down in the Greater Toronto Area are getting tougher and tougher as the days go by. Staunch Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is the latest leader to be extremely skeptical in regard to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s craving to erect a massive casino complex in the GTA....read on

Ontario Liberals Announce $50 Million Transitional Fund For Horse Racing; OHRIA Responds

June 7, 2012:

A release from the Liberal government on Thursday officially announced the transitional fund established to "help the horse racing industry transition from the Slots at Racetracks program to a more sustainable, self-sufficient model."...read on

Liberals Grilled After Fort Erie To Close On Their Watch

June 7, 2012:

The news of the announced closure of the 115-year-old Fort Erie Race Track was still reverberating Wednesday, June 6 in the Provincial Legislature when MPP Monte McNaughton took aim at the Ontario Liberals for their brutal handling of the situation. In turn, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan continued to inaccurately and intentionally refer to the slots-at-racetracks program as a subsidy....read on

Liberals Remain Vague; Transitional Funding "Coming Soon"

June 6, 2012:

On Tuesday, June 5 in the Ontario Legislature, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and Agricultural Minister Ted McMeekin were grilled over the lack of consultation with the provincial horse-racing industry in light of the government's abrupt and illogical withdrawal from the mutually-beneficial and highly lucrative slots-at-racetracks program....read on

Liberals Kibosh Ontario Place As Possible Casino Location

June 6, 2012:

In a significant decision which could prove to be very favourable for the provincial horse-racing industry, the Ontario Liberal Government announced on Wednesday, June 6 that it has scrapped any plans of having a casino erecting at Ontario Place, located on Toronto's waterfront....read on

Will Sadinsky's Plan Be Endorsed?

June 4, 2012:

"Right now we're in the 12th round and we're on one knee. We as an industry, hopefully, have matured to the point where we will accept change."...read on

Lower Percentage Of Gaming Revenues For Province Of Ontario?

June 1, 2012:

The Ontario Liberal Government has annually raked in a cool $1.1-billion in revenue via the soon-to-be-scrapped slots-at-racetracks program. Apparently, according to an Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. spokesman, the organization has yet to figure out what percentage of gaming revenues it will have to give to the operators that will end up running the casinos outlined in the gaming modernization plan....read on

Mayors Skeptical Of OLG-Liberal Desires

June 1, 2012:

Mayors of various Ontario municipalities are coming out of the woodwork and expressing disinterest regarding the idea of casino gaming coming to their jurisdictions....read on

Liberal MPP Blasts Duncan, McGuinty In Legislature Over Gaming

May 31, 2012:

A reported divide within the Ontario Liberal Government manifested itself today in the Provincial Legislature when Liberal MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) proclaimed that he does not support his party's push for a casino in the City of Toronto...read on

Senator Runciman Wants Action

May 31, 2012:

"In a province staggering from the loss of manufacturing jobs, this initiative (OLG gaming modernization) may achieve some short-term revenue gains, but its long-term negative impacts on individuals, families, rural and small-town Ontario cannot be under-estimated.”...read on

COSA Discusses Ontario Crisis On Air

May 30, 2012:

Central Ontario Standardbred Association President Bill O'Donnell and Director Jim Wellwood were recently guests on the Bill Kelly Show on 900 CHML AM. During the broadcast, which can be listened to in this note, the pair discussed the crisis in the provincial horse-racing industry...read on

Leslie Updates On OHRIA Task Force

May 30, 2012:

"I have a lot of confidence in Stan [Sadinsky] that he'll come up with the best possible plan for the industry and we're hopefully going to be able to support it."...read on

Sen. Knocks Ont. Racing's Response; Says By-Election Is Also Key

May 28, 2012:

A veteran Canadian politician, Senator Bob Runciman, has been keeping his eye on the Ontario Liberals' treatment of the provincial horse-racing industry and the slots-at-racetracks program. He has been less than impressed with the response from Ontario's horse-racing collective, and is calling for the industry to "launch an all-out assault."...read on

A Mixed Bag Of Gaming Zone Responses

May 24, 2012:

It appears as though the 29 gaming zones outlined in the OLG's recent RFI have turned out to be proverbial lightning rods since they were unveiled last Thursday...read on


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