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Ontario mayors press premier to loosen casino reopening rules

The mayors of 25 municipalities in Ontario have sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford asking that the number of patrons permitted inside casinos be increased. In a letter obtained by CTV News, the Casino Host Municipalities Group expresses concern about the “significant job losses and economic impact” caused by the continued closure of casinos.

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9/16/2020

article Casino employees slowly returning to work
(Ontario) -- Some workers have returned to work in anticipation of the reopening of Elements Casino Brantford. “The union members going back are going in small...
article Did municipalities bet too big on casinos?
(Ontario) -- Since March 16, the Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino have sat mostly empty — the crowds of tourists, local gamblers, and performers having been...

9/15/2020

article No Full House: Durham casinos to reopen with 50-guest maximum
(Ontario) -- Great Blue Heron Casino on Scugog Island will its doors at the end of September for limited game play, even though the operator doesn’t expect the...

9/14/2020

article Ontario mayors press premier to loosen casino reopening rules
(Ontario) -- The mayors of 25 municipalities in Ontario have sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford asking that the number of patrons permitted inside casinos be increased....

9/11/2020

article Elora casino set to reopen in late September
(Ontario) -- It will be a different experience from what gamblers are used to, but Elements Casino Grand River is opening after being shuttered for six months. OLG and...
article Here’s what to expect when Ontario casinos reopen later this month
(Ontario) -- Although most businesses were given the go-ahead to reopen this summer after nearly five months in lockdown, Ontario casinos have remained closed since...

9/9/2020

article Ontario gamblers can play slot machines — but not table games
(Ontario) -- Great Canadian Gaming Corp. will be back in business later this month, opening 25 of its operations across Canada, including 11 in Ontario. The reopening on...

9/8/2020

article Ontario gamblers can play slot machines — but not table games
(Ontario) -- Great Canadian Gaming Corp. is back in business after opening 25 of its operations across Canada, including 11 in Ontario. The reopenings include Casino...

9/7/2020

article Casino to reopen at month's end
(Ontario) -- Good news for Casino lovers. The Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands will reopen at the end of this month, though with drastically diminished capacity....

8/31/2020

article ‘Given the current uncertainty,’ no date to start building Gateway’s Wasaga casino
(Ontario) -- The property slated to be home for a casino in Wasaga Beach has its environmental approvals — but there’s still no timeline for when punters...

8/27/2020

article Niagara Falls mayor invites Ontario’s top doctor to tour casinos
(Ontario) -- Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati has sent a letter to Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, inviting him to tour Niagara Falls’ two casinos...

8/26/2020

article Is it time to reopen Niagara's casinos? Mayor says yes and invites Ontario's top doctor to visit
(Ontario) -- The Mayor of Niagara Falls is hoping the city's two casinos will be able to reopen soon. Mayor Jim Diodati has asked Ontario's Chief Medical Officer...

8/14/2020

article Ford slams OLG for paying executive bonuses amid $200M revenue loss, layoffs
(Ontario) -- Executives at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) will be eligible for bonuses this year despite the expected loss of more than $200 million in...

8/13/2020

article AUDIO: Premier Ford Urges Patience on Casino Reopening
(Ontario) -- Ontario Premier Doug Ford paid a visit to Windsor-Essex on Thursday with stops including the Ford Engine Plant and a City of Windsor public works yard.

8/6/2020

article Casino workers in Sault Ste. Marie hope to see their benefits extended while the casino stays closed
(Ontario) -- With employee benefits for 105 full- and part-time staff at the Sault Ste. Marie Gateway Casino are set to expire at the end of the month, union leaders are...

7/24/2020

article Most Niagara bingos open again, but you won’t need that dabber yet
(Ontario) -- Nobody is yelling “Bingo!” just yet, but Niagara Falls’ only bingo hall was relieved to finally open its doors again Friday. As the city...

7/22/2020

article Reopening casinos during COVID-19 remains dicey
(Ontario) -- With most regions in the province already in Stage 3 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, the province and public health continue to say no dice for casinos....

7/21/2020

article Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Niagara will not reopen on July 24
(Ontario) -- Niagara Casinos is excited that with Monday's provincial announcement the Niagara Region is allowed to enter stage three on Friday, July 24. This is a...

7/17/2020

article 'No set timeline' for when Gateway Casino at Georgian Downs could reopen
(Ontario) -- Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening took effect on Friday, including fitness centres, indoor seating at bars and restaurants. And casinos. But Innisfil...

7/14/2020

article BREAKING NEWS: Casino Rama will not be reopening Friday
(Ontario) -- Guessing when Casino Rama might reopen is a gamble. But there is one sure bet: it won’t be Friday. Premier Doug Ford announced earlier this week the...

7/8/2020

article Employee benefits for casino workers extended until end of August
(Ontario) -- United Steelworkers, Gateway Casinos hammer out agreement to extend benefits for employees in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Thunder Bay throughout the...

7/7/2020

article Union slams 'greedy' Gateway over 'shameful' cutting of benefits
(Ontario) -- The odds seem to be improving that casinos in Ontario could soon reopen. But what the gambling environment might look like in the COVID-19 world remains to...

7/2/2020

article Gateway Casinos $1.5 billion sale at risk to collapse
(Ontario) -- Catalyst Capital Group Inc.’s latest attempt to cash in its chips in Burnaby-based Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. looks like it might be a...

6/29/2020

article Closure of casinos impacting Niagara Falls budget
(Ontario) -- Entertainment buffs are not the only ones anxious to see the two casinos reopen in Niagara Falls. So are officials with the City of Niagara Falls. Since the...
article Lawyer says Sudbury city council's KED decisons riddled with 'bad faith'
(Sudbury) -- The lawyer for Sudbury anti-casino advocate and businessman Tom Fortin has presented his arguments in Superior Court, in a case against the City of Greater...
article Casino Free Sudbury, KED in Superior Court today
(Ontario) -- The debate over Sudbury's planned Kingsway Entertainment District is in court today. In 2017, the development – a proposed project that would...

6/26/2020

article Caesars Windsor 'ready to open,' but must wait for Stage 3
(Ontario) -- Those in charge of the region’s largest tourist attraction, Caesars Windsor, are eagerly awaiting the day they can do business again — but it...
article Gambler banned from casinos for three years after being caught cheating
(Ontario) -- A North York man has been granted a conditional discharge and banned from attending at any Ontario casino for the next three years after he admitted to...

6/21/2020

article Casino Rama union files grievance over 'appalling' tactics by Gateway
(Sudbury) -- The union representing more than 1,000 employees at Casino Rama is “appalled” that the gambling facility’s operator, Gateway Casinos and...

6/18/2020

article Niagara Falls casinos to be part of next stage of reopenings
(Ontario) -- A reopening date for Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara has not been confirmed, says a Niagara Casinos spokesperson. "In accordance...

5/28/2020

article Niagara casinos start process for eventual reopening; no date yet
(Ontario) -- The operator for Niagara Falls' two casinos is working on a plan for reopening and what that will look like in the "new world." In a May 22...

5/25/2020

article Durham casinos not taking chances with coronavirus
(Ontario) -- Gaming house guests can expect to see changes when the doors to Durham’s casinos swing open as coronavirus restrictions are eased. Fewer customers,...

5/23/2020

article North Bay casino construction delayed, unknown when it will resume
(Ontario) -- Construction on North Bay's casino has been delayed thanks to the pandemic and officials with Gateway Casinos say it won't start anytime soon. Crews...

5/21/2020

article Construction delayed on North Bay casino
(Ontario) -- Lady Luck isn't smiling on North Bay's new casino on Pinewood Park Drive. Construction has hit a snag...a big one called COVID-19. Construction on...
article Odds stacked against Casino Rama opening any time soon
(Ontario) -- Gaming is no longer a sure bet - at least not in a post-pandemic world. “The landscape for gaming in Ontario is unknown,” admits Corey Dalton,...

4/28/2020

article City gets smaller casino cheque
(Ontario) -- City of Sault Ste. Marie is getting a smaller cheque for hosting Gateway Casinos – Sault Ste. Marie. Ontario Lottery and Gaming gave the municipality...

4/26/2020

article Lost casino revenues add to city's financial woes
(Ontario) -- Lost revenue from the closure of the Gateway Casino is set to add to a growing list of financial challenges faced by Thunder Bay’s municipal...

4/24/2020

article Casino construction suspended pending end to COVID-19 restrictions
(Ontario) -- Construction of the new Cascades Casino in North Bay remains on hold as restrictions put in place for workplaces continue across the province. Gateway...

4/21/2020

article Belleville earns more than $3.2 million for hosting Shorelines Casino in 2019/20
(Ontario) -- Even though casinos have been closed since March 16, the Ontario Lotter Gaming Corporation still handed over a significant cheque to the City of Belleville...
article Peterborough receives $620K casino revenue payment, $86K for Cavan Monaghan
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued a fourth-quarter payment of non-tax gaming revenue totalling $620,889 to the City of Peterborough...

4/20/2020

article Future of Caesars Windsor remains murky in new era of social distancing
(Ontario) -- With over 2,300 local jobs hanging in the wind, the fate of Caesars Windsor — as with casinos around the world — has industry leaders scrambling...

4/10/2020

article Construction worker rushed to hospital after accident at Grand River Raceway
(Ontario) -- A construction worker was rushed to hospital with serious injuries on Friday morning after an accident at the Grand River Raceway here. Emergency crews were...

4/8/2020

article Their clubhouses are closed, travel is out and gambling has dried up. How COVID-19 is changing organized crime in the GTA
(Ontario) -- Their favourite GTA cafes, restaurants and gyms are closed and they’re uncomfortable meeting their associates on the streets, to walk and talk the...

4/6/2020

article Province to continue to pay Durham's casino communities
(Ontario) -- The province will continue to make its scheduled payments to two Durham municipalities, despite casinos in both communities being shuttered. The Ontario...

4/4/2020

article Gateway agrees to extend benefits of Casino Rama employees
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the operator of Casino Rama, has bowed to mounting pressure and has agreed to extend benefits coverage for their...

3/29/2020

article Gateway Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30
(Ontario) -- Unionized employees at Casino Rama “are livid” that Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the operator of the local gambling facility, will not be...

3/26/2020

article Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30
(Ontario) -- Unionized employees at Casino Rama “are livid” that Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the operator of the local gambling facility, will not be...

3/14/2020

article Despite coronavirus concerns, Casino Rama staying open
(Ontario) -- It appears gamblers will be able to continue to roll the dice and take their chances at Casino Rama despite widespread concerns about the global COVID-19...
article Niagara casinos should close for a few weeks: Niagara Falls NDP MPP
(Ontario) -- As more and more businesses close their doors to limit the spread of COVID-19, many are asking if it's time to close Niagara's two casinos. Niagara...
article Union representing workers at Casino Woodbine calls for its closure amid COVID-19 outbreak
(Ontario) -- The president of the union representing workers at Casino Woodbine called for its immediate closure on Saturday, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic...

3/11/2020

article Council agrees to share of gaming revenues from Cascades Casino
(Ontario) -- North Bay council has approved a new revenue-sharing agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) detailing the percentage of revenues the city...

3/2/2020

article Casino Rama 'stepping up' its game amid global coronavirus concerns
(Ontario) -- Casino Rama is escalating its usual hygiene measures in the face of worldwide concerns over the novel coronavirus, said to be responsible for more than 3,...

2/26/2020

article Scott Stinson: The new marijuana? Advocates say sports betting should be the latest sin to be legalized
(Ontario) -- A prospective gambler in rural Ontario could download an app provided by the provincial lottery corporation and, within moments, be losing real money on a...
article Casino Rama Resort reopens following evacuation due to bomb threat
(Ontario) -- Casino Rama Resort reopened at 6 p.m. Wednesday after it was evacuated a few hours earlier following an anonymous bomb threat. “We’re back to...

2/15/2020

article Casino critic got his fact wrongs, senior city staffer in Sudbury says in affidavit
(Ontario) -- Ian Wood is alleging Jeff MacIntyre got his facts wrong when it comes to a controversial casino planned for Greater Sudbury. Wood, the city’s...

2/13/2020

article Letter: Casino would ruin Sudbury
(Ontario) -- The citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury must choose from the following: Better roads and snowplowing standards, or a new casino? Growth in the...

2/9/2020

article Odds are favourable North Bay’s casino opens on target this summer
(Ontario) -- It currently resembles an abandoned airport hangar but in less than six months, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited plans to have its North Bay...

1/23/2020

article Gateway still betting on Kingsway casino, council told
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos, which aims to build a $60 million casino as part of the Kingsway Entertainment District in Sudbury, has merged with another company, city...
article City of Belleville releases casino cash spending breakdown
(Ontario) -- The City of Belleville is trying to answer some of the questions surrounding where the money goes that the city gets for hosting the Shorelines Casino.

1/22/2020

article Herman settles lawsuit with Chances Casino
(Ontario) -- Bryce Herman has settled his lawsuit against his former employer, Chances Casino. Herman served as the North Shore casino’s director of marketing from...
article OLG makes third quarter payment to casino hosting communities
(Ontario) -- Niagara Falls is on the receiving end of nearly $5 million. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation making the third quarter payment to the city for...

1/21/2020

article Third quarter casino payment pushes Belleville over the $9 million mark
(Ontario) -- The City of Belleville has been handed its third-quarter payment from the OLG for hosting the Shorelines Casino. The payment of $835,503 in non-tax gaming...

1/15/2020

article Masse wants to raise stakes for sports betting
(Ontario) -- A local Member of Parliament is gathering support for the legalizing of single-game sports betting in Canada. Windsor West MP Brian Masse was in Toronto and...

1/11/2020

article Finally, Gateway Casino build under way as gambling business 'spikes'
(Ontario) -- Buildings have been demolished, fencing is up and the site is being cleared. Finally, after years of delays and negotiations, construction is underway on...

1/9/2020

article OLG to accept bids for Windsor’s casino operations
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation says bids will be accepted from companies interested in taking over day-to-day operations from Windsor’s...

1/8/2020

article Masse calls on Trudeau to legalize sports betting, protect Ojibway Shores
(Ontario) -- Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s planned visit to Windsor was cancelled late Wednesday, local MP Brian Masse (NDP — Windsor-West)...

1/7/2020

article OLG looking to modernize Windsor casino
(Ontario) -- Caesars Windsor could soon go by a different name. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is including the Windsor casino in its modernization...
article Toronto firm riding 'rapid growth' of online betting sector
(Ontario) -- Even if you hate sports and gambling, you’ll likely have heard of DraftKings, a US provider of fantasy sports and sports betting. It’s the tip of an iceberg...

1/2/2020

article Hells Angels’ Illegal Sports Betting Sites Brought Down By OPP
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have broke up a crime ring operated by three members of Hells Angels who were responsible for running a series of...

12/26/2019

article Casino Sued By Compulsive Gambler For Letting Him Lose $260,000
(Ontario) -- A Canadian man is suing a casino for allegedly letting him lose more than $342,000 (about $260,000 U.S.) by taking advantage of his status as a compulsive...

12/24/2019

article Ontario Ministry of Transportation employee suspended after arrest in Hells Angels gambling bust
(Ontario) -- A provincial civil servant has been suspended after he was among 28 people — including three Ontario Hells Angels — who were charged last week...

12/21/2019

article Will Wasaga Beach hit the jackpot with new casino?
(Ontario) -- It appeared that all bets were off when it came to the location and timing of Wasaga Beach’s casino. While the community appears to have welcomed the...

12/18/2019

article Woodbine All-Sources Handle Second-Largest in History
(Ontario) -- Woodbine Entertainment announced Dec. 18 that the 2019 Thoroughbred meet produced an all-sources handle of $516,189,880.80—the second-largest in its history...

12/15/2019

article Teens warned not to roll the dice on gambling
(Ontario) -- The Responsible Gambling Council is warning teens about the potential dangers of gambling. The organization’s popular interactive show Game Brain made...

12/5/2019

article Wasaga Beach casino to open in 2021
(Ontario) -- A new timeline for the Wasaga Beach casino has been announced. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment declared ground-breaking for the new facility will happen...

12/4/2019

article Category 1 interference rule to be considered by Ontario regulators
(Ontario) -- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the province’s racing regulator, is considering changes to the rules governing interference in...

12/3/2019

article North Bay not gambling with Pinewood Park Drive safety
(Ontario) -- The City of North Bay will lower the speed limit on a portion of Pinewood Park Drive to 60 km/h in part from the new casino development taking place in the...

11/19/2019

article Council to address mill site redevelopment
(Ontario) -- The debate over redevelopment plans for the former mill property in Kenora is set for tomorrow at city hall. The proposal is also scheduled for a special...

11/15/2019

article Slot machines returning to Hiawatha in the New Year
(Ontario) -- Gamblers could be feeding the slots again by the end of January at Sarnia’s Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre. The site on London Line was...

11/13/2019

article Residents support city's old mill site project, speak out against possible casino
(Ontario) -- Kenora city council’s public meeting on the rezoning of the former Abitibi Mill site concluded with a handful of local residents speaking in support...

11/3/2019

article Casino plans spark petition
(Ontario) -- A petition being circulated in Kenora opposes a new casino, which could be built on the former mill property. Gateway is planning to build a 19,000 sq. ft....

10/24/2019

article City receives $542K in Q2 payment from OLG
(Ontario) -- The money covers the period from July 1 to Sept. 30, bring the city's share of revenue since November 1999 to more than $43.6 million. “Revenues...

10/23/2019

article OLG makes $6M payment to Niagara Falls for hosting casinos
(Ontario) -- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has issued its second-quarter non-tax gaming revenue payment of $6 million to the City of Niagara Falls. The payment, for...

10/4/2019

article Ontario’s online gambling revenue still lags provincial rivals
(Ontario) -- Online gambling revenue in Canada’s largest province continues to post impressive annual growth, although it still hasn’t caught up to its two...

8/29/2019

article Casino adds table games at Western Fair in advance of move to London's southwest
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos is adding table games to the slots at the Western Fair, a sneak preview of the $75-million casino it’s building in southwest London....

8/28/2019

article 'Drawings look very good.' Path clear for Wasaga casino to proceed
(Ontario) -- The final hurdle has been cleared for Gateway Casino and Entertainment’s Wasaga Beach gaming site. At its Aug. 27 meeting, Wasaga Beach council...

8/16/2019

press release Great Canadian Gaming Corporation Ratifies Union Agreement at Casino Woodbine
(Ontario) -- Great Canadian Gaming Corporation ("Great Canadian") is pleased to announce that certain departments at Casino Woodbine, which are represented by...

8/7/2019

article Impact of Casino Rama job losses 'devastating'
(Ontario) -- Just over a year ago, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the same company that is building a casino in North Bay, won a bidding process to operate Rama and...

8/3/2019

article Impact of Casino Rama job losses 'devastating' for entire region
(Toronto) -- For two decades, Casino Rama has been referred to as the economic engine of the entire region. At one point, the popular gaming facility was reportedly...

7/30/2019

article New $75M Casino gets green light from London Council
(Ontario) -- Despite raising several issues about a lack of public consultation, London Council has given its stamp of approval to allow a new casino to be built in the...

7/28/2019

article Contentious London casino proposal looking like a safe political bet
(Ontario) -- It appears London politicians are ready to roll the dice on a new $75-million casino in the city’s southwest, despite the issue deadlocking a council...

7/26/2019

article Wasaga Beach casino plans move forward, while Casino Rama is dealt layoffs
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation approved a business plan for the casino in Wasaga Beach. The location near the Highway 26 roundabout was one of...

7/14/2019

article Huge New Casino Coming To London, Ontario
(Ontario) -- There’s a big new casino coming to Ontario – and it isn’t going to be a small one. Gaming giants Gateway has this week unveiled plans for...

7/8/2019

article Where's Ontario Lottery's secret study, showing gamblers want worse odds?
(Ontario) -- The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation are doubling down on the silent treatment. More than a month after...

6/24/2019

article Londoners get sneak peek at casino planned for south end
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos has given Londoners a first look at its new plan for a casino in the city. A public meeting was held at the London Chamber of Commerce on...

6/17/2019

article Kenora Tribe Stands No Chance against Gateway Casinos in Favoritism Lawsuit
(Ontario) -- First Nations casino venues offer a breath of fresh air for casino patrons seeking something new and exciting. The opportunities for development of both...
article Gateway’s North Bay Plans and the Casino Industry’s Continued Success
(Ontario) -- There are a host of exciting construction and development projects taking place across the Ontario region at present and it often seems like the area is...

6/6/2019

article Gateway in $31m North Bay casino construction
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment has disclosed plans to invest approximately $31m to construct its new Cascades Casino North Bay property.

6/3/2019

article Cascades Casino breaks ground in North Bay
(Ontario) -- Work on the new $31-million Cascades Casino is underway in North Bay after a May 31 groundbreaking ceremony that Finance Minister Vic Fedeli called "...

6/2/2019

article As Sudbury fights over theirs, work on North Bay's casino begins
(Ontario) -- As Sudburians engage in an increasingly bitter and uncertain battle over whether the city should have a casino, construction on one in North Bay has begun....

5/27/2019

article Casino won't be built on grounds of Ontario Place: sources
(Ontario) -- A casino will not be built on the grounds of Ontario Place, government sources confirmed to CTV News Toronto on Monday. The Ontario Progressive Conservative...
article Casino ‘off table’ for Ontario Place redevelopment, sources say
(Ontario) -- The Ford government is saying no dice to a casino at Ontario Place, the Star has learned. The province is set to announce Tuesday that a gambling facility...

5/16/2019

article $60 million class-action lawsuit denied by judge
(Ontario) -- A proposed class-action lawsuit seeking $60 million in damages against Casino Rama following a cyber-attack has been denied. Lawyers for the plaintiffs...

5/7/2019

article Closing of gambling research agency hinders front lines
(Ontario) -- The loss of an agency to combat the darker side of gambling will hurt all Ontarians, says the head of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, which...

5/4/2019

article Ontario stops funding problem gambling research agency, orders closure
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government has eliminated funding to an organization that researches problem gambling, ordering it to wind down operations by the summer....

4/26/2019

article Municipalities worried by decline in casino cash
(Ontario) -- Declines in revenues of the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands have resulted in a dramatic drop in the money paid to two local municipalities. Payments to...

4/23/2019

article Innisfil breaks $80 million revenue barrier from OLG slots
(Ontario) -- The OLG issued Innisfil a $987,091 fourth-quarter (January 1 to March 31, 2019) non-tax gaming revenue payment on April 18 for hosting Gateway Casinos at...

4/19/2019

article Gateway seeks rezoning for new London casino
(Ontario) -- The casino giant operating at London’s Western Fair District has placed its bet on rezoning it needs for a new casino in the city’s southwest....
article Gateway seeks rezoning for new London casino
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment has applied for a zoning change to redevelop industrial land, owned by concete company N-J Spivak Ltd., at 3334 and 3354...

4/18/2019

article Could free booze be on tap for Casino Rama gamblers?
(Ontario) -- Provincial budget paves way for complimentary alcohol for patrons; Spokesperson says 'it's very much up in the air' if Rama will take advantage...

4/16/2019

article Construction will soon begin on a $70 million casino and hotel in Delta
(Ontario) -- Construction on a $70 million entertainment destination in Delta is set to begin. Earlier today, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approved...

4/15/2019

article Will single-event sports betting be legalized in Ontario?
(Ontario) -- Lawyers in the gambling industry hope the third time’s a charm when it comes to the legalization of single-event sports betting in Ontario.
article Jackpot City Bingo Remains Relevant with CA$5M Charity Allocations
(Ontario) -- Charity gaming has the capacity to guarantee a substantial boost to communities across Canada in a similar to casino venues way. Such is the case in Sarnie...

4/12/2019

article Ontario government inches closer to online gambling regulation in the Canadian province
(Ontario) -- In an April 11, 2019, press release, the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) welcomed a same-day announcement by the Ontario government to put in place an...
article Ontario budget: Free booze at Niagara casinos finally on the way
(Ontario) -- It appears the provincial government has finally opened the taps for free booze at Ontario's casinos. Buried on page 87 of the 2019 budget released...

4/11/2019

article Booze at 9 a.m., online gambling and more combat sports feature heavily in PC budget
(Ontario) -- The Progressive Conservative government says it's time to "treat adults like adults" and let Ontarians drink in public parks, bet on single-...
article Ford government relaxes booze, gambling rules
(Ontario) -- The Ford government is giving drinkers and gamblers more ways to enjoy themselves in Ontario and the finance minister says anyone concerned about it just...
article Ontario’s vice grip: Budget extends freedoms on drinking, gambling
(Ontario) -- Move over Las Vegas, Ontario is poised to give Sin City a run for its money. The 2019 provincial budget dramatically loosens the government’s grip on...
article PC government loosens Ontario booze, gambling, rules in first budget
(Ontario) -- Those who enjoy a boozy brunch or the prospect of drinking in a park will find something to smile at in the Ontario government’s latest budget. The...
article Progressive Conservatives loosen Ontario booze, gambling, rules in first budget
(Ontario) -- Those who enjoy a boozy brunch or the prospect of drinking in a park will find something to smile at in the Ontario government’s latest budget. The...
article Canada’s largest province open to online gambling competition
(Ontario) -- Canada’s largest province plans to end its online gambling monopoly and open up the sector to private companies. On Thursday, Ontario’s new Tory...

4/6/2019

article Gateway cagey on new casino
(Ontario) -- The location of a new casino in Kenora is very much up in the air, as legal proceedings get underway next week in Toronto. Gateway spokesman Robert Mitchell...

4/2/2019

article Milton Bags CA$6 Million Cash Pile Thanks to Elements Casino Mohawk
(Ontario) -- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation takes seriously its responsibility to support every host community and ensure it is compensated for the casino...

3/26/2019

article CK rakes in more cash through OLG proceeds
(Ontario) -- The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has received $770,000 through an annual payment from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

3/20/2019

article Greater Sudbury says Gateway Casinos looking at temporary location
(Ontario) -- The City of Greater Sudbury says Gateway Casinos may be considering a temporary location while it waits for development of the Kingsway Entertainment...

3/11/2019

article Windsorites show support for provincial push to bring single sports betting
(Ontario) -- Ontario finance minister Vic Fideli's push for single sports betting to become legal in Canada is applauded by some Windsorites. Fideli sent a letter to...
article Lucky days run out for city's second last bingo hall
(Ontario) -- Lucky Days Bingo, one of only two bingo halls left in London, is calling it quits after 40 years in business, a casualty of dwindling attendance and rising...

3/8/2019

article City about to get first cut from Shorelines Casino Peterborough
(Ontario) -- A big cheque will be presented to city council on Monday: it's the first payment from the Shorelines Casino Peterborough revenue-sharing arrangement and...
article Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) Recognized For The Best Responsible Gambling Program In The World
(Ontario) -- OLG has been honored with the 2018 Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program award by the World Lottery Association. Suffice to mention that the corporation...

2/18/2019

article Reg Ash Takes Over Western Fair District Reins as CEO at a Pivotal Moment
(Ontario) -- Western Fair District welcomed its fourth Chief Executive Officer Reg Ash who takes over control of the racecourse at a pivotal point of its development. Mr...

1/29/2019

article Critic of proposed Sudbury casino appeals for support
(Ontario) -- Fighting the Kingsway Entertainment District has been a costly endeavour and as a result, Tom Fortin, one of the appellants currently fighting the KED...

1/25/2019

article Luxurious 5,000-Seat Entertainment Center Pledges Niagara Falls Will Become Event Hotspot
(Ontario) -- Niagara Falls is bracing for the launch of a long-anticipated entertainment facility that has the potential to reshape the city’s image and draw an...

1/22/2019

article Point Edward gets $616K cut of quarterly casino revenue
(Ontario) -- The Village of Point Edward received $616,000 from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation this week for hosting the Gateway Casinos location. The third-...

1/21/2019

article Point Edward gets third quarter casino payment
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s third quarter payment to the village of Point Edward amounts to $616,000. The payment of non-tax gaming...
article Province appealing court ruling allowing slot-like games in Ontario bars
(Ontario) -- You sit in front of a screen, slide in your cash card, press a "spin" button and watch a wheel of symbols go around and around, hoping for a match...

1/20/2019

article Province appealing court ruling allowing slot-like games in Ontario bars
(Ontario) -- You sit in front of a screen, slide in your cash card, press a "spin" button and watch a wheel of symbols go around and around, hoping for a match...

1/18/2019

article Ford government to seek Ontario Place development proposals, renewing casino debate
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is looking to redevelop Ontario Place into a “world-class” entertainment attraction, sparking renewed debate about...

1/13/2019

article Local horse racing industry fears 'horrendous loss of jobs' when casino moves
(Ontario) -- It's a decision that threatens the livelihood of anyone whose paycheque is tied to horse racing in southern Ontario. But like trying to pick a winner...

1/12/2019

article Casino construction moving smoothly
(Ontario) -- Construction on the new casino in Chatham is progressing ahead of schedule, say company officials. Located at the corner of Richmond Street and Keil Drive,...

1/3/2019

article Canada: Shorelines Casino at Kawartha Downs reopened in December
(Ontario) -- The gaming location adjacent to Кawartha Downs, one of the most popular places for gaming in Ontario, welcomed last month its first casino patrons since it...

12/30/2018

article Casino fight top story in Ajax and Pickering
(Ontario) -- It was a fight between two communities, with millions of dollars on the line. Pickering and Ajax were at battle in 2018 over the location of a casino. With...

12/28/2018

article COSA and Ontario Racing support Western Fair, unhappy with London’s casino relocation
(Ontario) -- The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) and Ontario Racing are both speaking out against Gateway Casinos’ decision to relocate a planned...
article Racing groups support Western Fair request for provincial help
(Ontario) -- Two groups representing horse racing in Ontario are backing the Western Fair District’s call for provincial help, now that Gateway Casinos is looking...

12/27/2018

article Are North Bay charities in line for some cash?
(Ontario) -- The city’s share of casino revenue shouldn’t be used to offset annual operating costs, say some councillors who suggest the funds be earmarked...

12/22/2018

article Opinion: Labelling anti-casino people as negative is 'gibberish'
(Ontario) -- Do you think it would be too much to ask city administration and some council members to stop trying to sugar coat the casino issue?

12/21/2018

article Loss of casino causes little concern around Old East Village
(Ontario) -- Despite the loss of a casino and hotel complex proposed for the Western Fair District, neighbours and observers aren’t predicting doom for the...

12/20/2018

article Gateway casino cashing out will be a blow to racing at Western Fair District
(Ontario) -- The head of London's Western Fair District says a decision by Gateway Casino to cash out and build a new casino in south London will be a blow to the...
article Western Fair boss looks to Ontario to replace casino cash
(Ontario) -- Amid fears the loss of a proposed $140-million hotel-casino complex could cripple it, London’s Western Fair District is already banking on other money...

12/19/2018

article North Bay council not to be swayed...votes in favour of casino for second time
(Ontario) -- North Bay City Council heard impassioned pleas from a dozen presenters, begging for a ‘no’ vote to a proposed casino development at Tuesday...

12/15/2018

article North Bay Casino Approved in Canada, Residents Respond in Outrage
(Ontario) -- Councillors in the city of North Bay, located about 300 miles north of Toronto, have passed a motion approving the construction of a new casino in the...

12/12/2018

article Council gives casino the nod during raucous meeting
(Ontario) -- Support by a majority of North Bay council for a casino in the city drew angry outbursts from an audience of foes Wednesday. There was jeering and booing...

12/8/2018

article North Bay council asked to sign off on casino
(Ontario) -- City politicians will likely give a final nod to North Bay’s proposed casino during a special meeting slated for next week. Two recommendations are on...

12/7/2018

article Council expected to advance Cascade Casino plans at special meeting
(Ontario) -- When City Council holds a special meeting Wednesday its expected to commit to allowing Gateway Casinos to build in North Bay, a site location, and sign a...

12/6/2018

article City ready to show its hand at special casino meeting
(Ontario) -- A Special Meeting of Council will be held next Wednesday at 5:00pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting will address the proposed casino...

12/1/2018

article Gateway plans no major work to interim Sault casino
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos plans to spend more than $220 million to renovate six sites in Ontario. Its Sault Ste. Marie property on Bay Street, opened in May 1999, is...
article North Bay's 'Cascades Casino' to open in spring of 2020
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is aiming for the spring of 2020 to open its new casino in North Bay. Branded as "Cascades Casino" the facility...

11/28/2018

article Point Edward casino completes transformation to ‘Starlight’ (GALLERY)
(Ontario) -- The year-long transformation of Point Edward’s casino is now complete. The re-branded Starlight Casino showcased their new gaming floor, bar and...

11/23/2018

article Peterborough casino opening leaves restaurant’s future dicey
(Ontario) -- A local restaurateur says his customers have largely disappeared in the last five weeks – they've all gone to the new Shorelines Casino...

11/14/2018

article Water damage at newly renovated casino
(Ontario) -- Point Edward Fire and Rescue responded to an alarm at the Gateway Casino in Point Edward Tuesday night. When they arrived, they discovered a fire sprinkler...

11/13/2018

article City pulls in $4.8M in gaming revenue from Western Fair District
(Ontario) -- The City of London unveiled Tuesday afternoon that it took in $4.8 million in gaming revenue from the Western Fair District in 2017. Mayor Matt Brown and...

11/9/2018

article Shorelines Casino Peterborough Opening Raises Some Questions about Problem Gambling Rates in the Region
(Ontario) -- The new Shorelines Casino Peterborough opened in the middle of October, offering 22 table games, 500 slot machines, along with a 230-seat buffet restaurant...

11/8/2018

article Ontario Casino Workers Say They Haven't Been Paid In Six Weeks And Are Being Forced To Work Part Time
(Ontario) -- Canadian casinos have definitely found themselves in hot water more often than not when it comes to the media. From racially profiling Drake to money...

11/7/2018

article $49-million Shorelines Casino Peterborough officially opens
(Ontario) -- Slot machines are ringing and roulette wheels spinning at the new Shorelines Casino Peterborough. The $49-million facility at Peterborough, Ont.’s...

10/22/2018

article Variety the spice of life for Niagara Casino’s winning wellness program
(Ontario) -- Taking a varied and thorough approach to employee health helped Niagara Casinos take home the award for best health and wellness program for an employer...

10/21/2018

article Hanover receives latest big casino payment
(Ontario) -- Hanover has received a $337,773 quarterly payment for hosting Gateway Casinos Hanover. The town has received $658,559 so far this fiscal year 2018-19. It...

10/15/2018

article Ajax Downs Casino Gets Permission to Stay
(Ontario) -- Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced an agreement that would give permission for two local casinos in extremely close proximity to each other to operate...

10/12/2018

article Province's take from gambling hits record $2.5 billion
(Ontario) -- Gambling is helping to fill the provincial government's coffers like never before, with the province's take hitting a record, according to new...

10/11/2018

article Province says slots-at-racetrack program back; no word on Fort Erie
(Ontario) -- In a news release touting his accomplishments from his first 100 days in office, the office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford wrote that the slots-at-racetrack...

10/10/2018

article Ontario government announces agreement to keep controversial casino in Ajax Downs
(Ontario) -- Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government has announced a deal to allow two casinos just seven kilometres apart in a bid to satisfy two municipalities...

9/25/2018

article Canadian operator announces second Ontario casino renovation
(Ontario) -- In Canada, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited has announced that it will be spending around $14 million in order to renovate its casino in the small...
article City hall moves on rezoning for Gateway casino and hotel
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is officially on the road to having room to grow. Whether the casino giant will grow in the Western Fair District or not,...

9/24/2018

article Greater Sudbury Casino’s Future Remains Unclear Despite City Council’s Approval
(Ontario) -- The fate of the Kingsway Entertainment District project is still unknown, with discussions about the future of the proposed Greater Sudbury casino remaining...

9/21/2018

article LETTER: Don't let anti-casino lobbyists win
(Ontario) -- I have many concerns about a recent article titled “No Vote No Casino,” quoting Gordon Petch, a Toronto lawyer who is leading an appeal against...

9/20/2018

article Ontario Finance Minister open to idea of a casino on Toronto’s waterfront
(Ontario) -- Ontario’s Finance Minister says the provincial government is open to having a casino in downtown Toronto, but any decision will be made in consultation with...
press release Gateway to expand Hanover Casino, create up to 70 new jobs
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited ("Gateway") announced today it will invest an estimated $18 million into renovations at their Hanover...

9/16/2018

article Mohegan Gaming named service provider for Niagara Falls venues
(Ontario) -- Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has been chosen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as the service provider for a trio of entertainment venues...

9/12/2018

article Gateway identifies two alternate properties for new casino
(Ontario) -- The city of London appears to be under new pressure to reach a deal with Gateway Casinos at the Western Fair District or risk losing its gambling operation...

9/11/2018

article Can ‘calorie labels’ on slot machines promote healthier gambling?
(Ontario) -- Two UW professors are determined to figure out the best way to educate players about the addictive properties of the games and how much money they might win...
article Gateway might pick a new spot in London for its multi-million dollar casino development
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos is eyeing two alternative locations on Wonderland Road for its $140-million casino development, saying they’re frustrated negotiations...

9/5/2018

article Council race: I’m not flip-flopping on casinos, Kirwan says
(Ontario) -- Ward 5 incumbent Robert Kirwan has found himself having to explain why he’s seemingly changed his mind on the impact casinos have on host communities...

8/29/2018

article No referendum, no casino, Sudbury appeal argues
(Sudbury) -- Gordon Petch’s appeal record has been made public. In it, the lawyer for several of those appealing the Kingsway Entertainment District indicates he plans...

8/14/2018

article Mayoral candidate wants a Community Investment Fund to support the arts, cultural and leisure areas
(Ontario) -- Mayoral Candidate, Gary Gardiner says in a news release that he will establish a Community Investment Fund if elected. It would support activities in the...

8/10/2018

article Both sides in Sudbury arena, casino squabble to meet as LPAT rules Kingsway appeals valid
(Ontario) -- All sides of the ongoing debate about the planned Kingsway Entertainment District in Greater Sudbury have circled Nov. 6, 2018 in the calendar. That's...

8/3/2018

article Is price paid for Southwestern Ontario casinos still a secret? You bet
(Ontario) -- It snapped up almost all the gambling operations in Southwestern Ontario in one fell swoop, a deal that made it Canada’s largest casino company.

7/26/2018

article Local Firms Halt Bids for Niagara Casinos
(Ontario) -- In the Canadian province of Ontario, it now seems imminent that two of the largest local gaming venues – Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino...

7/25/2018

article Delta casino proposal heading back to council
(Ontario) -- The proposal by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. to build a $70-million casino/hotel complex at the Delta Town & Country site will be going to...

7/24/2018

article Niagara Falls receives $7M in casino-hosting revenue
(Ontario) -- More than $7 million has been added to City of Niagara Falls coffers after Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. issued a first-quarter share of casino revenues...

7/21/2018

article Casino cash infusion
(Ontario) -- They say the house always wins, but in the case of Shorelines Casino Belleville, The Friendly City is also cashing in big time. Friday, the Ontario Lottery...

7/17/2018

article Canadian operators bow out of Niagara Falls casinos bidding
(Ontario) -- Two of Canada’s biggest casino operators conceded defeat to U.S. gambling companies in the Niagara Falls casino bidding wars, according to a Globe and...

7/16/2018

article Canadian Operators Leave the Bidding War for Niagara Falls Properties Amid Strong US Gambling Operators’ Competition
(Ontario) -- A total of three US gambling operators are competing in what seems to be the final part of the bidding war for two Niagara Falls casinos which has been...

7/12/2018

article Ajax pays out nearly $60,000 to Pickering, Durham Live
(Ontario) -- The Town of Ajax has been taking its fight to keep its casino to court, and the community is paying for it in more ways than one. Ajax has not only lost its...

7/10/2018

article New casino will employ as many as 300
(Ontario) -- It’s official. Construction of Cascades Casino Chatham-Kent is rolling ahead, as a formal ground-breaking ceremony signaling the start of construction...

7/6/2018

article How Ontario casinos protect against money laundering and what B.C. can learn
(Ontario) -- People who have never set foot in a casino have learned a lot about money laundering in recent days. Dirty Money, a report into money laundering released...

7/5/2018

article Ground Officially Broken On Chatham Casino Site
(Ontario) -- Shovels were tossed aside and the big guns were brought out Thursday morning as Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope hopped into the drivers seat of a backhoe to...
article Ground Officially Broken On Chatham Casino Site
(Ontario) -- Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited officials were joined by municipal administration, construction workers, and community members for the ceremony...

6/26/2018

article The Best Casinos in the Province of Ontario and what to Expect
(Ontario) -- Whenever the conversation shifts toward gambling, the first place that springs to mind is probably Las Vegas. But contrary to popular belief, the bright,...

6/13/2018

article USW Comments on Casino Layoffs
(Ontario) -- In light of the recent Gateway Casino layoffs, SaultOnline reached out to the United Steelworkers, the union representing the casino employees, to hear the...

6/12/2018

article Gateway Casino layoffs hit Dresden, Point Edward, Sudbury
(Ontario) -- Some layoffs have been announced at casinos in the region. Unifor Local 444 confirms half a dozen positions are affected at both the Dresden and Point...
article Gateway Casinos says job cuts in northern Ontario not a bad sign for gambling business
(Ontario) -- A year after they were taken over by a private company, jobs are being trimmed at northern Ontario's casinos. The company says these are just...
article Union has 'I told you so' moment as layoffs hit privatized casino sites
(Ontario) -- Unifor, the union representing laid off workers at Gateway Casinos Sudbury, said in a news release the job loss is the direct result of privatization in...

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