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    Casino’s future will be clearer Friday

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The future of one of Niagara’s two casinos will become clearer Friday.

    The fate of Casino Niagara, which first opened its doors in 1996, will be announced at a news conference at 1 p.m. at the facility, said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor on Tuesday.
    Closing Casino Niagara was one of the 362 recommendations made in the Drummond Report released late last month. The report was commissioned by the province to look at ways it could eliminate its $16-billion deficit. The casino’s future was muddied further after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) released a report detailing its plans to revitalize the province’s gaming industry. Although Casino Niagara was not named, the report talked about consolidating underperforming facilities, including casinos and slots facilities. The report also called for the establishment of a casino in Toronto.

    Craitor said he has met with Finance Minister Dwight Duncan “a number of times” over not only the casinos but gaming issues in Niagara as a whole.

    Toronto casino would be ‘totally inappropriate’: Craitor

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Is it just hogwash from hogtown?

    Only time will tell.

    Recent media reports out of Toronto that Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. plans to recommend a casino be built in Toronto have some Niagara Falls businesspeople and politicians nervous.

    Provincial government officials insist the 2005 moratorium it placed on building new casinos has not been lifted.

    In an e-mail response to The Niagara Falls Review Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said the minister will not “speculate” whether or not Queen’s Park will alter its moratorium stance until it sees OLG’s report on the future of gaming in the province.

    Strong future secured for Casino Niagara


    From a CNW Group press release:

    The future for Casino Niagara was unveiled today, with the finalization of a long-term lease between the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc. (CNHI).

    “The McGuinty government has delivered on its commitment to ensure that Ontario not only maintain two casinos in Niagara Falls but also enhance the exciting variety of gaming and entertainment options for Ontarians and visitors alike,” said Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls, who made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s Minister of Finance and the Minister responsible for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

    OLG and property owner Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc (CNHI) announced agreement on a 15-year lease extension for the current location, effective March 1, 2010. The extension provides long-term economic stability for local businesses, employees and communities in the region.

    OLG shake-up may expedite casino lease: Craitor

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A shake-up at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation may help to secure Casino Niagara’s future, says Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor.

    On Monday, Dwight Duncan, the minister responsible for the OLG, made public expense claim reports and receipts for OLG’s executive and senior-level staff from Jan. 1, 2007, to Dec. 31, 2008, and accepted the resignation of OLG Chair Michael Gough and the entire board of directors.

    The first action of the interim board was to end Kelly McDougald’s employment as CEO of the OLG.

    “I’m pleased. I’ve always expressed concerns over dealing with the OLG,” said Craitor. “I sometimes felt because it is arm’s length it’s too far away from the community.”

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