Articles in Special Report: Casino

More OLG Games: The House Always Wins
The Hamilton Casino debate is far from over. Thanks to broad, vague and unaccountable escape clauses in the OLG lease at Flamboro Downs, the operator will have plenty of leverage to move a new casino downtown.
by Mark Richardson
Published August 05, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (16 comments)

Hamilton's Choice: Bickering or Engagement
Will we have two more years of the current casino debate, or can we achieve better civic engagement for Hamilton?
by Joey Coleman
Published February 21, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (12 comments)

Hamilton Must Build on its Unique Strengths
When we chase insubstantial opportunities for which Hamilton has no particular ability to deliver, we are merely shifting money from one place to another - or worse, taking it from the causes for which it is better suited.
by Ben Bull
Published February 21, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (17 comments)

Downtown Casino Still Not a Bet Worth Taking
Despite yesterday's vote, we may well end up having to watch Council panic in 2014 and chase its losses, with another municipal election coming and enormous pressure to make a fear-based decision.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 15, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (39 comments)

Farr: Global Spectrum, Live Nation will Object to Downtown Casino Development
If Council approves a downtown casino/entertainment complex, the companies the City just contracted to run Copps Coliseum and Hamilton Place will seek a change to their contract.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 14, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (46 comments)

Deconstructing PJ Mercanti's Argument For A Casino
PJ Mercanti promises to reveal "the truth" behind his quest to create a downtown casino in this month's Urbanicity. The result is disappointing.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published February 13, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (49 comments)

Everything's Coming Up Merulla
Councillor Sam Merulla's early and vocal opposition to a downtown Hamilton casino is looking less headstrong and more prescient with each passing day.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (29 comments)

A Gamble Worth Taking
We should be betting on the power of Hamiltonians and their indigenous, creative, and productive enterprises that are already revitalizing our city.
by Jeff Strong
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (6 comments)

Hamilton: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
I'm writing out of fear that, if they put a casino in our core, all the jokes and comments that people make about our beautiful city will come true.
by Lauren E
Published February 08, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (24 comments)

Musicians, Labels, Promoters, Venue Owners Oppose Downtown Casino
A group of 137 local musicians, venue owners, recording companies and promoters have signed a letter pledging to boycott a music venue attached to the proposed downtown Hamilton casino.
by RTH Staff
Published February 07, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (86 comments)

McMaster Department of Psychiatry Warns Council about Casino Public Health Impacts
A letter by the McMaster Department of Psychiatry warns about the potential for negative health impacts from a new downtown casino.
by RTH Staff
Published February 06, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (32 comments)

General Issues Committee Considers Casino
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 in Special Report: Casino (5 comments)

Casino Crisis is a Provincial Problem
It is grossly insulting to the people of Hamilton to suggest that the City should have to finance its share of what is essentially a provincial responsibility.
by Sam Merulla
Published February 05, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (30 comments)

Not Too Late to Stop the Casino
There is still time for engaged citizens to organize and advocate for a smarter, healthier, and saner decision on the proposed casino.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 04, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (72 comments)

Taxing my Moral Compass
There is something inherently wrong with a government exploiting a weakness of its most vulnerable citizens for revenues.
by Sean Hurley
Published January 17, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (30 comments)

Ken Greenberg on Casinos
Urban planner Ken Greenberg calls casinos 'the perennial attraction of quick fixes' that do more harm than good by squeezing out the kinds of urban innovations that create value.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 27, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (14 comments)

Hamilton Arts Council Opposes a Downtown Casino
A casino is engineered as a self-contained experience that shuts down congress with the community outside its doors and draws a disproportionate share of its revenues from the most vulnerable among us.
by Stephanie Vegh
Published December 19, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (30 comments)

We Need to Ask the Right Economic Questions About a Downtown Casino
What effect will a casino have on private development, residential property values and existing businesses? What will it do to future business prospects?
by Sean Burak
Published December 13, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (71 comments)

Livestream of Gaming Facility Proposal Subcommittee Meeting
Today's casino subcommittee meeting considered the public health report on the health and social impacts of a casino.
by RTH Staff
Published December 13, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (12 comments)

Whitehead: Downtown Commercial Area is Not a Neighbourhood
Councillor Whitehead says that the downtown core exists to provide the service and entertainment needs of the rest of the city, and all Hamiltonians should have a say in what happens to it.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 11, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (56 comments)

Slow Down You Move Too Fast
Observations on the December 3 Board of Health meeting and how the casino report was handled.
by Graham Crawford
Published December 10, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (26 comments)

Toronto Chief Health Officer Discusses Problem Gambling on The Agenda
Yesterday's edition of The Agenda with Steve Paikin interviews Dr. David McKeown on the recent public health report recommending against putting a new casino in Toronto.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 05, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (3 comments)

No Such Thing as a Referendum in Canada: Bill 76 and Our Prorogued Provincial Government
In Canada, a referendum has no force of law. It is nothing more than a non-binding plebiscite, or a glorified, expensive opinion poll.
by Larry Pattison
Published November 30, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (8 comments)

Toronto Board of Health Recommends Against Expanding Casino
Toronto's Chief Medical Officer of Health concludes that a new Toronto Casino will increase the risk of problem gambling and exacerbate its serious public health impacts.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 21, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (13 comments)

Casinos and Low-Income Households: Research Review
If a casino is built downtown, Hamilton's low income households are likely to bear significant social, economic, and other costs, in exchange for an increase in mostly lower-paying jobs.
by Sarah V. Wayland
Published November 16, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (21 comments)

What About the Horse Race Industry?
With all the recent debate about a Hamilton casino, we are forgetting that Hamilton already has a casino in Flamborough - and an extensive horse race industry that depends on it.
by Judi Partridge
Published November 14, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (21 comments)

Predictions About a Downtown Casino, aka A Citizen's Horrorscope
The fix is in and we're being played - all of us, including the majority of Council.
by Graham Crawford
Published November 13, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (41 comments)

Why Downtown Hamilton Does Not Need a Casino Now
We downtowners are not anti-casino or anti-gambling: we just recognize a bad deal when we see it. A casino can't fix our problems, and might make them worse.
by Michael Borrelli
Published November 12, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (76 comments)

Open Letter on Downtown Hamilton Casino
Letter to Councillor Farr from the Beasley Neighbourhood Association, Downtown Hamilton Mosque, The Commons and Living Rock Ministries on the proposed downtown Hamilton casino.
by Michael Borrelli
Published September 19, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (49 comments)

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