Comment 84230

By Steph (registered) | Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:16:30 in reply to Comment 84199

Jason is correct - the Hamilton Arts Council, like many community not-for-profits, raises funds through Delta Bingo for our community programs and services (these funds are restricted and can't be used for general operating). It's an inherited practice of the charitable sector and one which we're committed to phasing out of our organization within the next three years - sooner if we can - as it's no longer compatible with our mission and role in this community.

The difference between a bingo hall and a large-scale casino has already been pointed out here, and I'd add that of course the Hamilton Arts Council has no interest in denouncing the entire institution of gaming - only the specific impact of this casino, at this place, at this time.

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