On Tuesday, March 5, both the Council of Woolwich Township and Peterborough City Council voted regarding the future of gaming in their respective jurisdictions.
As a report by therecord.com explains, Woolwich Township Council voted 4-1 in favour of declaring itself a willing host municipality under the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s gaming modernization plan.
As the article explains, 11 per cent of the Township's eligible voters had previously been polled on the matter of casino expansion during a recent public feedback process, and 62 per cent of respondents were not in favour of casino expansion within the Township's borders.
Mark Bauman was the only Councillor to vote against the Township making its available for casino expansion. “Part of consultation is listening and I don’t think we’ve listened,” he was quoted as saying.
In Peterborough, as explained in an article by The Peterborough Examiner, City Council debated the topic of a location for casino gaming for five hours.
Peterborough Council decided that it would back three locations for casino expansion in the area, and Cavan Monaghan Township, which is home to Kawartha Downs, was not one of them.
Resident Hans Vink, who was one of many individuals representing the anti-casino side Tuesday night in Peterborough, said “It appears that governments have gleaming dollar signs in their eyes that blanks out all of the reality beyond their nose.... The OLG has created a modern religion of greed.”
(With files from The Peterborough Examiner and therecord.com)