Author: Mark DaSilva

Winnipeg Angers First Nations with Gaming Centre for NHL Jets

Manitoba welcomed home their beloved Winnipeg Jets during the last NHL season, but the team has caused recent controversy by launching a government sponsored gambling venue in the city.  The gaming centre has riled First Nations tribes, who argue the Winnipeg venue violates an agreement they had with the government.  The government insists the gaming…

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New Details Cloud Ottawa Casino Approval

Communities across Ontario are debating the merits of the OLG casino proposal first presented last March that has divided much of the province into pro-gambling and anti-gambling groups.  One of the cities that have spearheaded the process is Ottawa, which was quick to submit an approving vote in October last year.  However, newly released documents…

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Horse Owners Want OLG to Keep Slots at Racetracks

The Hamilton casino question was placed to the public in a consultation meeting at Waterdown District High School on January 16 – a meeting in which concerned horse owners expressed concern about their livelihoods.  The casino proposal is part of the OLG’s gaming modernization strategy, which includes the cancellation of the current slots at racetrack…

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Toronto Hosts More Civil Second Casino Consultation Meeting

Toronto’s second public consultation casino meeting was far more civil compared to the first meeting earlier in the week, when opposition hijacked any progressive dialogue on the casino proposal.  While the opinion amongst the majority of the public was still opposed to the casino, the forum provided a healthy debate for supporters and opponents to…

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OLG Chairman Damages Case for Toronto Casino

The OLG has made the proposed Toronto casino the cornerstone of its gaming modernization strategy – a proposal that has proven very controversial across the GTA.  Casino lobbyists have argued the potential economic benefits are worth the investment, while opponents counter that the impact on low-income families and social health groups outweighs the economic potential. …

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BC Increases Slots Revenue for Racetracks

Ontario is eliminating its slots at racetrack program but British Columbia is taking steps to improve revenues for its racetracks.  The BCLC will nearly double the amount of on-track slots revenues that the Fraser Downs and Hastings Racecourse tracks receive beginning in 2013 in an effort to revitalize the horseracing industry.  The move is in…

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Mobile Gaming Market in Canada

Gaming experts predict that the global mobile gaming market will surpass $100 billion by 2017, with Canada serving as a major contributor for the rapid expansion.  Online casinos are seeking to expand their services in markets like Canada where real-money gaming is legal, and operators are relying on the increasing popularity of smartphones to fuel…

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Sportsbetting Sites Pick the Blue Jays as Favourites

Ever since they last won the World Series in 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays have hardly been considered favourites to win again – a curse that seemed to haunt all of Toronto’s teams for years.  However, after a number of high-profile player acquisitions this off-season, bookmakers have finally put the odds in favour of the…

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PC Party Says OLG Casinos Should be Scrapped

OLG casino plans across Ontario could be dashed after all if the PC party forms the next government at Queen’s Park.  Speaking at the Rideau Carlton Raceway in Ottawa – a site in strong consideration for the Ottawa casino – PC MPP Lisa MacLeod and two of her colleagues said a PC elected government would…

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