Column: OLG, City of Ottawa and Casinos

There is a lot of Casino talk around Ottawa these days. Many of you may recall the debate in the 1990’s about whether or not the former City of Ottawa should put a casino on Sparks Street. At the same time, the City of Gloucester was moving one step ahead, permitting the installation of Slots at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. A few of the folks around back then are looking to revisit the debate and are again looking to have a casino downtown. The problem with that is that it would come at the expense of the Rideau Carleton Raceway and its 1,000 local jobs.
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