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Expanded Ottawa gambling a bust with public health

Gaps in prevention and treatment of gambling addiction need to be addressed before entertaining expanded gambling in Ottawa, according to a report going to the board of public health next week.

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5/18/2017

article Hard Rock International Wins Right to Build Ottawa Casino
(Ottawa) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida, fresh from expanding into New Jersey through the purchase of the Trump Taj Mahal, is set to export its Hard Rock Casino brand...

8/12/2014

article Reevely: Ottawa's casino plans in the wilderness
(Ottawa) -- Plans to expand gambling at the Rideau Carleton Raceway are still afoot, the provincial government’s gaming agency insists, though it’s been...

12/16/2013

article Casino tender still hasn’t hit the table
(Ottawa) -- There is no clear date when the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. will release a request for proposals for a new casino in the Ottawa area.

10/10/2013

article Ottawa city council approves OLG deal on future casino revenue — barely
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson cast the deciding vote in a 12-11 squeaker that had city council approve a modified deal with the OLG that shares profits from table games.

10/9/2013

article Slim majority of councillors agree to take more gambling money from OLG
(Ottawa) -- City councillors nearly rejected a new deal with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. on Wednesday, trying to show their spines have stiffened since flopping...

9/12/2013

article Chianello: Melnyk-mayor casino battle is just beginning
(Ottawa) -- The fallout from the casino war between Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Mayor Jim Watson is only just beginning. In the past few days, Melnyk's man in...

9/10/2013

article Ottawa Senators President Quits Community Boards Over Casino Snub
(Ottawa) -- The Ottawa casino was one of the few gaming facilities proposed by the OLG that appeared to be moving full steam ahead. But the casino is now dividing...

8/29/2013

article Prepare for legal battle over casino decision, Ottawa councillor warns
(Ottawa) -- Restricting a new casino to the Rideau Carleton Raceway opens the city to a more serious risk of a lawsuit than most people realize, Kanata North Coun....
article Watson defends city’s decision on casino
(Ottawa) -- The ongoing debate about a new casino in Ottawa has been a frustrating one for all involved, Mayor Jim Watson said Thursday. Speaking to CBC’s Ottawa...

8/28/2013

article City council votes Rideau Carleton Raceway for casino site
(Ottawa) -- City council has voted in favour of designating the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only suitable location for a casino in Ottawa, even as some councillors...
article Council endorses Rideau Carleton as preferred casino locatio
(Ottawa) -- The motion echoes the wishes of Mayor Jim Watson, who announced in June that he only wanted a potential casino to be built at the raceway site southeast of...
article Council restricts casino site to Rideau Carleton Raceway
(Ottawa) -- The Rideau Carleton Raceway is the only site where Ottawa will accept a new casino, city council ruled Wednesday, nearly a year after inviting the provincial...

8/27/2013

article City council’s consistency on the casino question: The mayor gets his way
(Ottawa) -- Last fall, they voted to let the province look at any property in Ottawa as a place to put a new casino. Monday, they said no, the only place for one is a...

8/26/2013

article Casino quagmire not council’s finest hour: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
(Ottawa) -- After being told the province will not allow two casinos in Ottawa Monday morning, city hall’s finance committee recommended limiting any proposed...
article Few lessons learned from bungled casino process
(Ottawa) -- “I don’t think it’s been a particularly smooth process and I’ll take the blame for that.” More surprising words were perhaps...
article Keep casino at raceway and keep it small, councillors decide (with video)
(Ottawa) -- A new Ottawa casino meant to compete with the one in Gatineau should keep shorter hours and be designed so people can’t spend as much money there, city...
article Sens future on the line over city's casino decision
(Ottawa) -- The owner of the Ottawa Senators says if the city decides to only allow a new casino at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, it could put the NHL franchise at risk.
article Bid for 2 casinos in Ottawa rejected
(Ottawa) -- A request for two casinos in Ottawa has been rejected ahead of a debate on the issue today at the city's finance and economic development committee...
article Casino debate set without provincial OK of second site
(Ottawa) -- As members of the city's finance committee prepared to debate Ottawa's casino bid Monday morning, there was still no word, as of Sunday night, on...

8/25/2013

article Casino bid up for debate at Monday committee meeting
(Ottawa) -- The city’s finance committee is set to talk about Ottawa’s casino bid Monday, but as of Sunday afternoon, there was still no word on whether the...
article Province to deliver casino decision at 11th hour
(Ottawa) -- The Mayor’s Office will have precisely an hour and a half to digest the province’s response to Ottawa City Hall’s push for two casino zones...

8/22/2013

article Watson dodges casino questions, will wait on province’s response
(Ottawa) -- In the face of opposition to expanded gambling from city health officials and some councillors, Mayor Jim Watson is holding his cards close and waiting to...

8/20/2013

article Finance minister promises casino answers by Monday
(Ottawa) -- With less than a week before a pivotal meeting on the future of an Ottawa casino bid, Mayor Jim Watson has finally met the provincial finance minister to ask...

8/19/2013

article Casino showdown looms as health board votes to oppose
(Ottawa) -- A showdown is looming at Ottawa City Hall as the city’s public health board has voted to oppose any expanded gambling operations in the city.
article Council pushes on with bid for two gambling sites
(Ottawa) -- City council will dedicate the public portion of next week’s finance committee meeting to the latest round of casino debate as the politicians follow...
article Opposition to casino expansion grows
(Ottawa) -- If it were up to the city’s Board of Health, casino expansion in Ottawa would not move forward. That much was clear at Monday night’s board...

8/15/2013

article No Dice for Casino, says Ottawa Board of Health Report
(Ottawa) -- An Ottawa Board of Health report from the city’s medical officer does not support opening a new gaming entertainment centre in Ottawa based on the...

8/14/2013

article Gambling addict's mother speaks out against new casino
(Ottawa) -- A woman whose son is addicted to gambling is taking her argument against a possible new casino in Ottawa to the Ottawa Board of Health.
article Kelly Egan: Senior knows slots are devil’s right hand
(Ottawa) -- The man, now 72 and broke, says he’s lost $250,000 playing slot machines in the last 10 years. Depressed, diabetic, he’s sitting in the kitchen,...
article New casino would drag down local economy, cost jobs, study finds
(Ottawa) -- A new casino in Ottawa will suck nearly $200 million a year out of the local economy, most of it from the hospitality sector, says the man who was in charge...

8/13/2013

article Ottawa Public Health against new casino
(Ottawa) -- The head of Ottawa’s health department has come out against the city's push for more gaming, which could be coming with a second casino.

8/12/2013

article Don’t build a new Ottawa casino, city’s public-health unit warns
(Ottawa) -- A new casino in Ottawa will lead to more lives destroyed by gambling addiction, the city’s public-health unit warns in a new report — and the...
article Expanded Ottawa gambling a bust with public health
(Ottawa) -- Gaps in prevention and treatment of gambling addiction need to be addressed before entertaining expanded gambling in Ottawa, according to a report going to...

7/23/2013

article City nearly doubles take from raceway slots to $1.8 million in first quarter
(Ottawa) -- The city got its quarterly cheque from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. on Tuesday, and the amount was bigger than usual.

7/22/2013

article Ottawa city council breaks for summer vacation, with one word still hanging in the air: casino
(Ottawa) -- It’s time for the little red lights on the well-worn microphones in Andrew Haydon Hall to go dark, and to save a few bucks by dialling back the sub-...

7/20/2013

article Casino deal in the hands of OLG, City of Ottawa: Wynne
(Ottawa) -- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sought to put any question about who is driving the bus on a proposal that could bring a new casino under the Ontario Lottery...
article Column: Relax, Ottawa, Kathleen Wynne hasn’t forgotten us
(Ottawa) -- For you doubting Thomases and Janes out there, Premier Kathleen Wynne wants you to know that despite being a Torontonian, she gets Ottawa, and understands...

7/19/2013

article LETTER: Downtown attracts tourists
(Ottawa) -- Well, why not have two casinos if the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. gives it the nod? This option will keep Rideau Carleton Raceway open and Mayor Jim...
article LETTER: More casino homework
(Ottawa) -- Re: City council rolls dice on two casinos, July 18. If Mayor Jim Watson believes the Ontario Lottery and Gambling Corp. is going to be open to the idea of...
article Opinion: Governments should get out of gambling
(Ottawa) -- Gambling can be a terrible addiction, made worse by government’s addiction to money. Ottawa and Toronto are only the latest communities to get caught...
article Should Ottawans now voice their thoughts on casinos? You bet.
(Ottawa) -- Some dubious statements were made during city council’s casino debate Wednesday. That the province might allow two casino “zones” in Ottawa...
article Two casino zones appears unlikely
(Ottawa) -- That there’s huge confusion over the casino issue hardly comes as a surprise considering the parameters of the debate change faster than the weather...

7/18/2013

article New casinos could be in the cards for Ottawa after city council meeting
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa plans to ask the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to create two new gaming zones in the capital, which would allow construction of new casinos in the...
article Second casino in Ottawa would divide market: OLG
(Ottawa) -- Adding a second casino zone to Ottawa won’t magically create more gamblers to support them both, says a spokesman for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming...

7/17/2013

article 2 Ottawa casinos still in the cards, for now
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa city council has sent the casino issue back to the committee stage after a motion was approved to consider two casino zones within the urban boundary.
article COLUMN: Should Ottawans now voice their thoughts on casinos? You bet.
(Ottawa) -- Some dubious statements were made during city council’s casino debate Wednesday. That the province might allow two casino “zones” in Ottawa...
article Council sets itself up for new fights in attempt to solve casino quandary
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson will try again to convince the provincial government to open two new casinos in Ottawa in an attempt to save the money-losing Rideau...
article Council votes to seek permission for two casinos in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa city council unanimously approved a motion Wednesday to again ask the province to allow two gambling sites in the city.
article New casino debate at Ottawa Council
(Ottawa) -- The ongoing debate over where a proposed new casino for Ottawa should be located will be back at city council Wednesday.
article Ottawa City Hall to once again seek two casinos
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa City Hall will once again ask the provincial government to approve two gambling operations in the city, contrary to Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s...
article Ottawa councillors to debate new casino motion
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa city councillors will debate a motion Wednesday to punt the casino issue to Aug. 26.

7/16/2013

article Council to take second casino proposal back to province
(Ottawa) -- City council is preparing to ask the provincial government one more time to put a second casino in Ottawa, with a motion to be considered Wednesday.
article Council will consider amendment to Casino motion
(Ottawa) -- Sources tell CTV News an amendment to the casino motion will be presented tomorrow at Ottawa city council.
article Motion asking for 2 casino zones to be presented at city council
(Ottawa) -- A motion will be presented to city council Wednesday asking the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to create two zones for casinos in Ottawa instead of...

7/13/2013

article LETTER: Important point missed
(Ottawa) -- The discussion of a casino co-located with the home of the Ottawa Senators seems to have missed one important point that has been discussed with and by at...
article LETTER: Rudeness is unbecoming
(Ottawa) -- Re: No one's forcing council to play this hand, July 10. I am extremely disappointed and embarrassed by my ward councillor and the finance committee'...

7/11/2013

article Opinion: City should have let the cards be dealt
(Ottawa) -- When I play a board game with my seven-year-old, he likes to make up the rules as we play. It helps him win. But in the casino business the rules aren’...
article Opinion: Fumbling the casino file
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk’s frustrations boiled over at the city’s finance committee Tuesday, and his outburst should be seen as...
article Shut out of casino bidding, Melnyk warns he can’t invest further in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Slapped by an overwhelming city hall vote against his plans to build a casino at his Kanata hockey arena, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he won...

7/9/2013

article Committee shuts out Sens owner from casino bidding
(Ottawa) -- The owner of the Ottawa Senators says he is out of ideas for diversifying his organization’s revenues now that city councillors have voted to rule out...
article Senators ownership threatens to sue over casino process
(Ottawa) -- The group that owns the Ottawa Senators could take the City of Ottawa to court over the current site-selection process for a potential new casino in Ottawa,...
article Shut out of casino bidding, Melnyk warns he can’t invest further in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Slapped by an overwhelming city hall vote against his plans to build a casino at his Kanata hockey arena, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he won...

7/6/2013

article Melnyk has his points, but there are no guarantees in the casino game
(Ottawa) -- It’s safe to say that the possibility of losing out on a casino bid is not at the top of Eugene Melnyk’s list of problems these days. Still,...

6/27/2013

article Premier sidesteps Ottawa casino debates
(Ottawa) -- Premier Kathleen Wynne on Thursday gave no indication she’d consider a request from Ottawa’s mayor to allow two gaming facilities in the city.

6/21/2013

article Raceway backers wade into casino dispute with Sens owner
(Ottawa) -- Supporters of a casino at the Rideau Carleton Raceway south of Ottawa’s downtown have added another voice to the increasingly crowded verbal battle...

6/20/2013

article Sutcliffe: City’s light-rail mistakes shouldn’t be repeated with casino
(Ottawa) -- It’s good to do business in a city where the mayor isn’t charged with a crime or avoiding questions about possible ties to illegal drugs and...

6/18/2013

article Melnyk sour on future Ottawa investments following casino snub
(Ottawa) -- The owner of the Ottawa Senators is warning that Mayor Jim Watson’s promise to vote against a casino in Kanata “doesn’t bode well”...
article Senators owner meets with mayor over casino
(Ottawa) -- In a meeting with Mayor Watson on Tuesday, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk expressed his frustration with the latest political push to limit the city...

6/14/2013

article Lac-Leamy bolsters offerings to fend off potential Ottawa competitor
(Ontario) -- As debates over a potential casino in Ottawa continue, Gatineau’s gaming facility has stepped up its game by introducing of a new room designed to...

6/13/2013

article Chamber calls on council to vote down sole-sourcing casino location
(Ottawa) -- The Kanata Chamber of Commerce is calling on city council to vote against Mayor Jim Watson’s motion identifying the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only...

6/9/2013

article An Ottawa Casino: downtown or in the boonies?
(Ottawa) -- For the arguments against Mayor Jim Watson’s proposed insistence that any new casino be built at Rideau Carleton Raceway or nowhere at all, you could...

6/6/2013

article Premier, finance minister brushed off Watson’s push for two Ottawa casinos
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson appealed to Premier Kathleen Wynne and her finance minister to get a second casino for Ottawa but they ignored him.

6/5/2013

article Block Watson’s casino plans, Sens owner urges councillors
(Ottawa) -- The owner of the Ottawa Senators is asking Ottawa councillors to reject a proposal from Mayor Jim Watson that would see the city only support a new casino if...
article Chianello: Watson’s casino fumbles could have been avoided
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson brands himself as a somewhat dull but responsible leader, a particularly savvy bit of personal marketing in these days of civic politicians...

6/4/2013

article OLG told me we might have two casinos: Watson
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson tried to make a side deal with former Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. chairman Paul Godfrey to allow two casinos in Ottawa instead of one,...
article Rideau-Carleton casino only option, mayor says
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa’s mayor says if he gets his way, it will be a new casino at the Rideau-Carleton Raceway or none at all. Jim Watson told Ottawa Morning host...
article Watson backs Rideau Carleton as casino location
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa mayor Jim Watson has gone all in with his support of the Rideau Carleton Raceway, saying the location is "the only acceptable option" for a...

5/30/2013

article Centretown Health Centre to petition against casino
(Ottawa) -- The Centretown Community Health Centre plans to start an online petition against a new casino in Ottawa.

5/25/2013

article Exactly when did the city approve asking for two casinos?
(Ottawa) -- Tim Tierney thinks enough has changed on the casino file since council first approved the idea back in October that he’s going to try to convince his...

5/17/2013

article Little payoff for Ottawa in new casino table-game formula
(Ottawa) -- A new formula for giving host cities a cut of the money from new casinos is likely to mean more money for Ottawa, but only a little.
article Sweeter casino deal coming to Ottawa: Watson
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson says he expects the city to receive more money from an Ottawa casino after the provincial government unveiled on Friday a new method of...

5/11/2013

article Casino du Lac-Leamy revenues up 1.9%
(Ottawa) -- The Casino du Lac-Leamy increased the amount of money it brought in during its 2011-12 fiscal year, posting a revenue growth of 1.9 per cent as it prepares...

4/6/2013

article New group created to demand a say in an Ottawa casino
(Ottawa) -- This press release from a group calling itself “Casino Choice Ottawa” just landed in my inbox. If you’re interested in this issue —...

3/25/2013

article Health agencies unite to oppose an Ottawa casino
(Ottawa) -- Nine local health agencies were to announce Monday that they are opposed to the expansion of gambling in Ottawa, and are asking city council to improve...

3/21/2013

article Watson threatens to pull the plug on Ottawa casino
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson is set to pull the plug on a new Ottawa casino if he doesn't get the same sweetheart deal offered to Toronto.

3/20/2013

article Chianello: Watson letter forces OLG back to formula drawing board
(Ottawa) -- The angry letter Mayor Jim Watson wrote last Friday threatening to pull out of the casino process if Toronto got a sweeter deal than Ottawa sparked a series...

3/19/2013

article Ontario casino funding formula and journalism math explained
(Ottawa) -- In the last couple of days there’s been much confusion over whether Toronto would get a richer deal from a potential new casino than Ottawa would get...

3/18/2013

article Chianello: Special casino deal for Toronto is news only to Ottawa city council
(Ottawa) -- It was a reaction that seemed out of character for our usually measured mayor. Mere hours after a Toronto newspaper reported that city stood to benefit from...
article Mayor Jim Watson still wants casino response from OLG
(Ottawa) -- Despite having fears about a potential side deal between the City of Toronto and Ontario Lottery and Gaming assuaged, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said Monday he...

3/16/2013

article Ottawa mayor upset OLG not offering the city same casino hosting deal as Toronto
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is threatening to scrap city plans for a casino if the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation doesn’t offer the same profit...
article Watson threatens to pull casino plug over reports Toronto to get sweetheart deal
(Ottawa) -- A deal that would reportedly see the province pay the City of Toronto more than other Ontario cities for hosting a new casino has Mayor Jim Watson...

3/15/2013

article UPDATE: Watson threatens to cancel casino plan over funding formula fight
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson is threatening to pull the city out of the bidding process that could see a new casino built in Ottawa unless the municipality receives the...

3/8/2013

article OLG keeping mum on Ottawa casino bids following deadline
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation isn't saying a word about bids to run a new Ottawa casino. The deadline for offers was Thursday.

3/7/2013

article Thursday deadline for first round of Ottawa casino bids
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. finished accepting bids Thursday from companies wanting to run a casino in Ottawa, but it is keeping mum about what...

2/21/2013

article Ottawa casino needs a ‘wow factor’ to compete, developer says
(Ottawa) -- The key to creating a successful 21st-century casino is to build a better “mousetrap,” says the spokesman for a group bidding to bring a casino...

1/23/2013

article Deal near to keep slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway at least until new casino is ready
(Ottawa) -- Biding time until it knows whether it can open a new casino in Ottawa, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced Wednesday that it has struck a...

1/21/2013

article Mayor Jim Watson defends his handling of casino issue
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson defended his office’s behind-the-scenes cooperation with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Monday, and denied rushing a vote on the issue,...
article Mayor’s office rushed casino vote, strategized with OLG: documents
(Ottawa) -- The rush to approve the idea of a new casino for Ottawa was entirely self-imposed, driven by Mayor Jim Watson and his staff, newly released documents show.
article One week for public comment on casino was plenty, Watson says
(Ottawa) -- His staff did nothing wrong by working with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to put a proposal for a new Ottawa casino to councillors with just a week of...
article Watson: I Didn't Push Through Casino Vote
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson is on the defensive today, arguing his office did not rush the debate and vote on potentially hosting a new casino in the capital.

1/20/2013

article Mayor’s office rushed casino vote, strategized with OLG: documents
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., which wants the new casino, was prepared to give the city time for a full debate, according to correspondence released...

12/2/2012

article OLG wants 800 more slots, 600 table games at Ottawa casino
(Ottawa) -- The competition for a new Ottawa casino began in earnest Friday with the request for proposals from Ontario Lottery and Gaming.

11/30/2012

article OLG opens Ottawa casino to bidding war
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation has officially invited companies to bid for a potential new gambling facility in the Ottawa area.
article OLG Starting Its Search for New Casino Operator
(Ottawa) -- Let the bidding begin! Interested groups are invited to submit a pitch to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to build and run a new casino in Ottawa...
article Rights to run Ottawa casino go up for bids
(Ottawa) -- A new Ottawa casino should have as many as 2,000 slot machines and 600 seats at “table games” like blackjack and roulette, say new documents...

11/24/2012

article BLOG: Council can’t count on anybody
(Ottawa) -- The bigger deal is that city solicitor Rick O’Connor had to fess up that he’d been giving what would generously be called incomplete advice about...
article Tim Hudak has little to say on Ottawa casino crisis
(Ottawa) -- Here’s a little tip for Tory provincial leader Tim Hudak. When you come to Ottawa to put your best foot forward, you might want to come armed with some...

11/23/2012

article Casino can't be built at Rideau-Carleton Raceway, OLG says
(Ottawa) -- The City of Ottawa can't build a new casino at the current Rideau-Carleton Raceway site due to the new funding arrangement to be introduced by the...
article Council’s haste leaves it stuck with OLG slots deal
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa’s city council is finally being forced to face up to reality: the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has little intention of entering into new...
article No Rideau Casino Says OLG
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation has notified the City of Ottawa a new casino cannot be built at Rideau Carleton Raceway as a result of a new funding...
article OLG holds cards in downtown casino revenue sharing
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. doesn’t necessarily have carte blanche to apply a new revenue-sharing agreement to an Ottawa casino not located at...

11/17/2012

article Plans for Ottawa casino, future of Rideau Carleton slots riding on next election
(Ottawa) -- Council’s angst over a Vegas-style casino may be nothing but a waste of energy. In fact, the whole idea of a honking big, brand new casino in Ottawa...

11/15/2012

article OLG revenue deal “he said, she said”: Watson
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson thinks there was an element of “he said, she said” in the apparent miscommunication over a new revenue sharing agreement...

11/14/2012

article Pleading helplessness, councillors agree to new slots deal with province
(Ottawa) -- City councillors accepted a new deal with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for a cut of the money from slot machines at the Rideau Carleton Raceway on...

11/6/2012

article City finance committee agrees to new slot-machine deal
(Ottawa) -- The city will get about $1.3 million more out of a new revenue-sharing agreement for the Rideau Carleton Raceway’s slot machines that city council...
article Impact of a downtown casino in Ontario
(Ontario) -- The City of Ottawa has shown interest in opening a new casino and the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation has been public with a desire to put a gaming...

10/22/2012

article Ottawa's casino: The players
(Ottawa) -- A look at the developers interested in building an Ottawa casino.

10/20/2012

article LETTER: Casino bad bet for Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- I know the possibility of a new casino in Ottawa is last week's story, but I think it should be dragged into this week with some updated information.

10/18/2012

article Mark Sutcliffe: No case for a casino
(Ottawa) -- It’s hard to understand who, apart from a few gamblers who get lucky, will benefit from a new Ottawa gaming facility. Could that explain why not even...

10/17/2012

article Casino vote passes despite councillors' concerns, At least a year before proposals expected
(Ottawa) -- One of city council's most impassioned debates on Oct. 10 resulted in the city lending its support for a possible new casino in Ottawa.
article Councillor Qadri supports casino but not downtown
(Ottawa) -- He wants a casino in Ottawa but not downtown. That's the view of city of Ottawa Stittsville ward councillor Shad Qadri.

10/14/2012

article LETTER: Casino process opaque
(Ottawa) -- Re: Lack of casino information no deterrent for council, Oct. 11. Do I detect a pattern here? Columnist Joanne Chianello's account of Ottawa city council...

10/12/2012

article BLOG: How the RCR fits into this casino debate (aka: the history of slots at the racetrack)
(Ottawa) -- Chief among the reason councillors gave for voting in favour of launching a bidding process for a new casino in Ottawa was this: the city needs to save the...
article Casino vote passes, but process questioned
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa city council voted in favour of signalling to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation its interest in a casino, but many councillors expressed...

10/11/2012

article Casino vote passes, but process questioned
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa city council voted in favour of signalling to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation its interest in a casino, but many councillors expressed...
article Councillors ready to gamble on Ottawa casino, Mayor backs downtown gambling house but still wants raceway casino to be considered
(Ottawa) -- After repeatedly saying that he would prefer to see a new casino in the city's core, Mayor Jim Watson backed a bid to ask the Ontario Lottery and Gaming...

10/10/2012

article Casino bidders set to battle in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa city councillors are set to decide on whether the city wants to open bidding on the construction of a new casino. City council is meeting and the CBC...
article Chianello: Lack of info about casino no deterrent for council
(Ottawa) -- Talk about rolling the dice. Although the majority of our elected officials professed to be skeptical about how the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. will...
article Council votes to move ahead with possible new casino
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is getting the green light from Ottawa City Council and will now start soliciting bids for a potential new casino.
article Ottawa City Council approves new casino 19-5
(Ottawa) -- The City of Ottawa has rolled the dice in favour of a casino. Council gave the green light for the potential project Wednesday by a vote of 19 to 5.
article Ottawa city council votes 19-5 in favour of casino motion
(Ottawa) -- Despite many councillors’ very vocal misgivings, city council decided Wednesday afternoon that Ottawa should have a new casino.
article Ottawa city council's sure bet on Lansdowne Park followed by shameful gamble on casino
(Ottawa) -- It was easy to believe that after years of inaction, the revitalization of Lansdowne Park might never happen.

10/9/2012

article Council to vote on casino Wednesday
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa City Council is set to decide Wednesday whether or not they want a new or expanded casino in the Capital. Their vote comes after Kingston City Council...
article OP/ED: Don’t kill casino idea
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson and the rest of council should listen to all the arguments against a new casino, and all the concerns about its potential effects. That...
article Ottawa Casino Expansion Debate Grows Prior To Council Vote
(Ottawa) -- In the wake of Kingston City Council voting against allowing casino expansion into its downtown core, Ottawa City Council, which has a similar vote scheduled...

10/8/2012

article Another group calls for patience on casino decision
(Ottawa) -- More voices are being raised before Wednesday’s vote to open bidding for a potential new casino, asking Ottawa to take more time.
article Chianello: Council must consider three issues before Casino vote Wednesday
(Ottawa) -- Listen to the clash of claims on city council and you won’t come close to understanding what’s really going on in the current casino debate.
article Ottawa casino: study first, gamble later says think tank
(Ottawa) -- A vote to signal interest in a new casino would commit Ottawa to getting one, according to a conservative think tank opposed to the idea.
article Think tank wants Council casino decision delayed
(Ottawa) -- A Conservative think tank is accusing Ottawa city council of putting the cart before the horse.

10/7/2012

article Rideau Carleton Raceway patrons want casino near horses
(Ottawa) -- There’s been a lot of talk lately about where the city should put a new casino. In Sunday’s Ottawa Sun, columnists Anthony Furey and Susan...

10/6/2012

article Casino questions need constructive answers
(Ottawa) -- I believe Mayor Jim Watson must publicly answer the right questions for his casino proposal. In her 1989 Massey Lectures, the legendary Dr. Ursula Franklin...
article LETTER: Good governance over money
(Ottawa) -- Re: Casino gets backing from committee, Oct. 3. I was at the meeting on Tuesday night at City Hall and was very impressed by the multiple variety of people...
article Rideau Carleton Raceway best bet for casino
(Ottawa) -- It looks like Ottawa is going to get a casino. The only question is, where? Our columnists face off on the issue — Anthony Furey tells you why a casino...

10/5/2012

article BLOG: How the city forgot to invite casino critics to a casino consultation
(Ottawa) -- It’s worth pointing out that this dumb manoeuvre by the city, inviting only fans (or people they believed to be fans) of the idea of a new casino to...
article Debate about new Ottawa casino heats up online
(Ottawa) -- The debate about whether Ottawa needs a new casino and where it should be put heated up this week as a public meeting attracted 26 community groups who...
article Ottawa’s Liberal MPPs stay out of casino location debate
(Ottawa) -- A pair of local Liberal MPPs aren’t playing a hand in the Ottawa casino game. Ottawa Centre's Yasir Naqvi said it’s City Hall’s...

10/4/2012

article Chianello: Terms of casino deal revealed, but council needs to lay cards on the table
(Ottawa) -- What was this week’s five-hour evening session on casinos really about? Ostensibly, it was for council’s powerful finance and economic...
article City committee signals interest in casino
(Ottawa) -- A city committee held a late-night vote to approve a motion to let the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation know Ottawa was interested in a casino.
article City invited only pro-casino speakers to lone consultation session
(Ottawa) -- An attempt by the city’s economic-development staff to salt Tuesday night’s casino consultations with business owners who liked the idea...
article New slots revenue sharing deal more “equitable”: OLG
(Ottawa) -- In the midst of the debate over whether or not the city wants a new casino, Ontario Lottery and Gaming is sweetening the pot for Ottawa.

10/3/2012

article Committee recommends council approve casino
(Ottawa) -- Despite dire warnings against the idea, a city council committee has recommended that Ottawa support in principle the establishment of a new, full-fledged...

10/1/2012

article Ottawa casino draws support, criticism from all sides
(Ottawa) -- Councillors are lining up to support the idea of a casino in Ottawa, even if they aren't sure they'll vote for a specific proposal in the end.

9/30/2012

article Watson, MacLeod exchange heated casino tweets
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson and Tory MPP Lisa MacLeod exchanged some heated tweets Sunday in advance of Tuesday’s crucial finance committee meeting about whether...

9/28/2012

article Councillors supporting casino plan, though some reluctantly
(Ottawa) -- Councillors are lining up to support the idea of a casino in Ottawa, even if they aren’t sure they’ll vote for a specific proposal in the end.

9/27/2012

article BLOG: Let’s be clear about casino debate: It’s about more gambling
(Ottawa) -- I haven’t made any secret that I’m not a huge fan of the idea of having a new casino, and even less of a fan about how city council is going...
article BLOG: More anonymous casino critics
(Ottawa) -- On the way to work this morning I noticed some simple white posters along Elgin Street advertising something called abetterbet.ca, a group opposing the...
article BLOG: Say no to casino, says new advocacy group A Better Bet
(Ottawa) -- I was off sick earlier this week. So I'm swiftly trying to catch up on the casino news in Ottawa, which is moving faster than a tiny silver ball on a...
article Ottawa set to roll the dice on new casino
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson is backing a new casino for Ottawa and he'll ask the rest of city council to do the same. The mayor took to Twitter to announce his...

9/26/2012

article Ottawa casino not 'all positive,' Deans says
(Ottawa) -- One veteran council member doesn’t like Mayor Jim Watson’s plan to use gambling money for asset repairs.
article Watson Turns Back On Racing In Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Tuesday, October 2 is an important date for the local horse-racing industry in the Ottawa region, as that will be the evening in which an Ottawa City Council...
article Decision to revamp Gatineau casino called a coincidence in face of rival plans in Ottawa
(Quebec) -- The $50-million upgrade to Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau isn’t a bid to mess with efforts by Ottawa’s mayor to open a competing casino in his...

9/25/2012

article Addiction experts concerned about Ottawa casino plan
(Ottawa) -- People who counsel gambling addicts say plans to bring a casino to Ottawa could increase the number of people who become addicted.
article Citing tourism and job creation, Mayor of Ottawa calls for a casino
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa’s mayor is calling for a casino in the capital city to cash in on the demand for gambling. Jim Watson says he’s tired of seeing gamblers...
article Ottawa mulls casino bid: Competition for Loto-Québec?
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa’s mayor has launched a process that could lead to a casino in the nation’s capital, a venture that would eat into the profits of Loto-...
article Ottawa's mayor calls for capital casino
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa should have its own casino in order to cash in on the demand for gambling, the city’s mayor said Tuesday.

9/24/2012

article Chianello: Casino decision to be made without benefit of actual information
(Ottawa) -- If you care at all about whether Ottawa should have a casino, clear your schedule for next Tuesday evening. That’s because Oct. 2 will be your primary...
article Mayor Watson throws his support behind Ottawa casino
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa is one step closer to getting a new casino. Mayor Jim Watson is asking councillors to throw their support behind a plan to build a gaming facility in...
article Watson backs new Ottawa casino
(Ottawa) -- Mayor Jim Watson is backing a new casino for Ottawa, on condition that the money it generates for the city be spent on infrastructure projects and economic...

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