Comment 82959

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted November 16, 2012 at 08:34:16

Thanks for highlighting this important side of the casino issue, Councillor Partridge. These salient facts help to answer some of the questions people are asking about a downtown casino, especially Will this create jobs and revenue for the municipality.

I think we're starting to see that even in a best-case scenario, any jobs resultant from a downtown casino will come at the expense of jobs at Flamboro and rural areas tied to the horseracing industry.

So before people start parroting the messages of wealthy developers salivating at the thought of running a casino, we must fully investigate the net benefits of such a plan. Shifting jobs and moving an addictive gaming facility into an area with vulnerable populations is risky, and we should not be rushed in gathering all the facts to determine if it, indeed, is in Hamilton's best interests.

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