Comment 83102

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted November 21, 2012 at 23:12:06

This Nov 20/12 article titled "Hamilton asks for health report on gambling" by Kevin Werner on the Hamilton Community News website contains some information about the request by the Hamilton Board of Health for such a report.

In addition to the the report being sought by Councillor McHattie examining health issues associated with gambling, Councillors Clark and Whitehead want OLG to shed more light on the substance of the casino proposal before the City of Hamilton can properly consider and make a "Yes" or "No" response. For example, under its new modernization plan, OLG and the casino operator of its choice would install gaming tables (i.e. poker, roulette, pai gow, etc.) in a new Hamilton casino yet the City of Hamilton would receive no share of the gaming table revenues. The gaming tables are where the largest bets are made, where bettors suffer the greatest personal economic loss and where the municipalities would end up dealing with the heaviest social costs. It would therefore be unconscionable for OLG and the casino operator not to share some gaming table revenues with the municipalities. This type of issue needs to be addressed by OLG before the municipalities move through their deliberaton processes.

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2012-11-21 23:13:21

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