Details On Public OLG/Municipal Casino Meetings

Published: September 28, 2012 04:52 pm EDT

In the wake of the Ontario Liberal Government's controversial announcement to walk away from the mutually-beneficial slots-at-racetracks program, members of Ontario's equine community have felt betrayed, ambushed, and, in many cases, robbed by an Ontario Liberal and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. course of action. People are screaming to be heard, and platforms are there.

Those that have also taken the brunt of the controversial decision are those that do not want full-blown casino gaming in their own backyards.

Instead of conducting conclusive municipal referendums on the topic of introducing full-blown casino gaming into highly populated urban areas, potential 'willing host municipalities' are merely seeking public feedback and utilizing various polls to gauge whether or not to go all-in on casinos.

It has been confirmed that at least three public consultation sessions will be taking place in the coming days and weeks. All members of the equine community that live in those areas, or citizens that are against casino expansion in their own backyards, have been encouraged by municipal leaders to attend the meetings and voice their opinions. Representatives from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. will also be present at the meetings.

Information relevant to the public meetings in Ottawa (Tuesday, October 2), Toronto (Wednesday, October 10) and the Wasaga area (Tuesday, October 16) is listed below.

There has also been talk of a Hamilton meeting to take place in City Hall on Thursday, October 11, but that information has not been verified at this time.

Meeting Date
• Tuesday, October 2
Meeting Location
• Ottawa City Hall - Andrew S. Haydon Hall
Meeting Time
• 9:30 a.m.
• Diane Blais
• 613-580-2424 (Ext. 28091)
[email protected]

Meeting Date
• Wednesday, October 10
Meeting Location
• Toronto City Hall - Council Chamber
Meeting Time
• 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Date
• Tuesday, October 16
Meeting Location
• RecPlex
• 1724 Mosley Street
Meeting Time
• 7:00 p.m.

(If you have concrete information [including times, dates, locations, etc.] of more informational sessions, please submit them by posting them in the comments area below.)



How is it that the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats can use their majority to send the motion to probe the CONTROVERSIAL $230 million cost of cancellation of two power plant constructions cost, TORONTO STAR October 3, and vote 53-50 against the LIBERALS and yet not do the same with the devastation being done to the HORSE RACINGS 50,000 men and women affected by THE LIBERALS cancellation of the SLOTS AT RACETRACK AGREEMENTS? IT'S a reflection on Tim HUDAK and Andrea Horwath that horses are less important than power plantsand people ? WHERE IS THE MOTION TO STOP GODFREY AND DUNCAN from being investigated by the attorney general ? Broken Promises .......

Could somebody make sure notice of this meeting gets into Toronto newspapers. This will be most important meeting.

RE: Toronto zoning by-law - "Although Zoning By-law 438-86, as amended, does not permit a casino, Zoning By-law 438-86 does not apply to development on lands at Exhibition Place or Ontario Place. Both Exhibition Place and Ontario Place are subject to separate decision-making processes."

How convenient...I hope people can make a real effort to get out to the public consultation sessions in the areas closest to them. We have to stop allowing politicians to walk all over the taxpayers.

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