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OHRIA Looking For Answers

September 10, 2012:

With the conclusion of the CTHS Yearling Sales this past weekend, OHRIA would like to express that it recognizes the devastation that is being caused to the breeding industry in Ontario due to the crisis that has been inflicted by government with the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program....read on

OLG Eyeing 'Georgian Triangle' Casino

September 10, 2012:

After a closed-door meeting last week with members of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., municipal representatives from Wasaga, Clearview, Collingwood and Springwater made plans to hold a 'public consultation session' with residents in the near future in order to receive feedback on the idea of introducing a casino to the 'Georgian Triangle' area....read on

Leamington Mayor Backing Proposal

September 10, 2012:

Leamington Mayor John Paterson has let his excitement be known in regard to the possibility of the Leamington Fairgrounds playing host to an increased amount of live race dates in the future....read on

Oakville Balks At Bingo

September 7, 2012:

It has been reported that the Town of Oakville has decided to 'hold off' on signing the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Charitable Gaming Centre Agreement after Councillors explained that existing language in the agreement could pave the way for slot machines and video lottery terminals being installed in the bingo hall without the town's approval....read on

Opposition Critic Dismisses McMeekin's Spin On Panel Report

September 4, 2012:

Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, opposition critic for agriculture, food and rural affairs, has gone on the record as dismissing Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ted McMeekin's claims that the OMAFRA Panel's interim report on the provincial horse-racing industry supports the end of the province's widely-successful slots-at-racetracks program....read on

Sudbury Poll Proves Overwhelming Support For Racing Aid From Gov

September 4, 2012:

A telephone poll conducted last week found that not just some, but an overwhelming majority of respondents --- 93 per cent, to be exact --- are in favour of the Ontario Liberal Government doing more to help the province's horse-racing industry survive if there is not going to be a revenue-sharing agreement in effect going forward....read on

More From Kitchener/Waterloo By-Election Candidate

August 31, 2012:

"You have to go back in the history of the province to find out why the government first brought slots into the harness racing industry and it was to generate jobs and build up the harness racing industry, and by all accounts it was a huge success.”...read on

Natyshak Calls On McMeekin For 'Comprehensive Transition Plan'

August 30, 2012:

On Thursday, August 30 during question period in the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park, Essex MPP Taras Natyshak (NDP) called on Minister of Agriculture Ted McMeekin to come up with a 'comprehensive transition plan' for the provincial horse-racing industry....read on

Opposition Parties Support MacLeod, Horse Racing At Queen's Park

August 30, 2012:

The Thursday, August 30 Queen's Park rally in support of Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod's private members bill was the scene of something rare. The rally laid the groundwork for Ontario PC and NDP representatives in attendance to agree that they are on the same page against the Ontario Liberal Party's controversial decision to decimate the provincial horse-racing industry....read on

OAAS: Funding Model For Racing Is Essential

August 30, 2012:

The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies has announced its support for the Ontario horse-racing industry. Commenting on the OMAFRA Panel’s report on horse racing, the OAAS has stated that some sort of funding alternative must be in place for the province's horse-racing industry or else significant negative effects will felt across the province....read on

Kitchener/Waterloo By-Election Candidates Weigh In

August 29, 2012:

The candidates from Ontario's three major political parties vying for MPP of the Kitchener/Waterloo riding recently went on camera discussing the contentious slots-at-racetracks situation. Each stated their party's position, but there is one major aspect that became more than clear earlier this week....read on

MacDonald To Speak At MacLeod Rally

August 29, 2012:

Horseman Anthony MacDonald, who earlier this summer was affirmed as a candidate to become the PC nominee in the Guelph–Wellington riding, has told Trot Insider that he will be speaking at the Thursday, August 30 Queen's Park rally in support of Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod's private-members motion....read on

McMeekin Comments On Racing's Future

August 28, 2012:

The slots-at-racetracks program won’t be resurrected, Minister of Agriculture Ted McMeekin said Monday, but he’s hopeful there will be a better way forward after the horse racing industry transition panel submits its final report....read on

OFA/OEF Wants Interim And Long-Term Plans From Ont. Gov.

August 28, 2012:

On August 28, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and Ontario Equine Federation (OEF) penned a joint letter to Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin asking the province to immediately develop and announce an interim plan for the horse-racing industry while a long term, accountable and transparent program can be put in place....read on

"Political Decisions Can Be Changed"

August 28, 2012:

A rally at Robertson's Training Centre in Azilda, Greater Sudbury was the scene of a rarity on Monday, August 27. The rarity wasn't the fact that there was a demonstration against the Ontario Liberal Government's decimation of the province's horse-racing industry. The rarity was that a Sudbury PC candidate and NDP Nickel Belt MPP displayed that are exactly on the same page in opposition of the provincial Liberals regarding their highly-controversial gaming decision....read on


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