Melnyk Ends Ottawa "Gaming" Desires

Published: July 5, 2013 03:50 pm EDT

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.

A report by the CBC has cited a new open letter from Melnyk as saying that he has moved on from his "gaming" desire.

It was previous reported in early June that Melnyk is against Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson's motion to designate the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only Ottawa-area location acceptable for casino expansion.

Melnyk, who is also the owner of the NHL's Ottawa franchise, had been eagerly awaiting the ability to come forth with a proposal to bring casino expansion to the area adjacent to Scotiabank Place, where the 'Sens' play their home games. Mayor Watson's new stance on the casino expansion issue has dealt a severe blow to any chance of a non-raceway casino in the Ottawa area.

In light of the situation, Melnyk has stated that he is going to have to reconsider his investment in the Greater Ottawa Area going forward.

(With files from the CBC)

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