Councillors will discuss the matter of a proposed downtown Hamilton casino, including a motion by Councillor Merulla to demand a referendum and delegations from several presenters.
By RTH Staff
Published February 06, 2013
this article has been updated
Thanks to the magic of communications technology and the tireless dedication of Joey Coleman, we can watch a livestream of today's General Issues Committee meeting, in which councillors consider the proposed downtown casino among other issues. The meeting starts at 9:30 AM.
Councillors will consider a motion by Councillor Sam Merulla calling on the Province to "put a moratorium on the selection process of a casino" in order that the City can hold a binding referendum on a casino in the 2014 municipal election.
Councillors will hear a presentation from P. J. Mercanti, whose company has announced a bid for a downtown casino, on "the social and economic benefits of an enertainment destination". Other casino-related delegations include Graham Crawford on behalf of the NO Downtown Hamilton Casino organization, Christopher Cutler, and Robert Moscardini.
(Sidenote: in his delegation request [PDF], Mercanti has checked that he is not a lobbyist, despite appearing on behalf of a company that is bidding to operate an OLG-licenced casino in downtown Hamilton. Cutler, in contrast, has checked that he is a lobbyist, specifying that he is representing "Citizens of Hamilton".)
Other motions under discussion at today's meeting include a funding request from the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, the reconstruction of the James Mountain Road retaining wall, and a proposal for a public access online crime mapping service.
Update: updated to embed the livestream video.
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