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    Niagara Falls’ OLG funding surpasses $100-million mark

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The City of Niagara Falls received close to $7 million in the second quarter from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

    In total, $6.81 million was paid out to the City by the provincial gaming agency. The payments are part of a hosting agreement the City of Niagara Falls has with the OLG that compensates the municipality for hosting Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. The latest payment covers the period of July through September. The latest payment brings the total funds received by the City to $14.6 million so far this fiscal year, which began in April.

    Is Hilton property site of 5,000-seat theatre?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Despite construction starting on one of the rumoured sites for the new 5,000-seat theatre in Niagara Falls, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. still hasn’t officially announced where it will be.

    Work has begun in the area behind the Hilton Fallsview Hotel off Stanley Avenue. The fenced-off section is within walking distance of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, and satisfies one of the city’s requests that the venue be highly visible to the public.

    Hilton general manager Paul Ford did not respond to the Niagara Falls Review’s interview request about the nature of the construction.

    Asked about the location, OLG spokesman Tony Bitonti said construction on the site “is a Hilton-driven initiative on their parking structure.”

    Group chosen to build new Niagara Falls theatre

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Mississauga company Bird Construction is part of the consortium which will build a 5,000-seat entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

    The company is among principals known as Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, which beat out four other conglomerates for the right to design, build and maintain the facility.

    The winning bidder was announced by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. late Tuesday.

    The theatre is expected to replace the 1,500-seat Avalon Ballroom at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, which has been limited by its size virtually from the day it opened in 2004.

    By comparison, the new theatre will be equal in size to the 5,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, and will double the 2,500-seat Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino.

    At Gnome in Niagara

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome checked out the sights of Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake on the weekend.

    While here, the gnome was spotted at such places as Niagara Parks Journey Behind the Falls and taking in a close up view of the Horseshoe Falls aboard a Hornblower Niagara Cruises catamaran. He was also spotted at the Spanish Aero Car, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, and Brock’s Monument at Queenston Heights, the Laura Secord Homestead, Ravine Vineyard The Niagara Skywheel and Fallsview Casino Resort.

    OLG funds used to cover Falls budget shortfall

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Not wanting to stick ratepayers with a potential $62 increase on their tax bills, councillors decided Tuesday to take a $2.9-million shortfall in revenues by taking the money from the City’s OLG reserve fund.

    The shortfall came about after the Region reversed its tax policy to create a separate primarily for tax levies on the city’s two casinos, primarily the large Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. The Region made the decision based on a provincial re-assessment of the value of the property. The re-assessment is currently under appeal.

    “I don’t think it would be fair or realistic to say to taxpayers, we’re getting over $20 million from the OLG and now we’re going to raise your taxes.”

    Mayor Jim Diodati called the situation a “frustrating” one.

    Entertainment site eyed for N.F., Ont. casino

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp. has taken the first step to develop a 5,000-seat entertainment venue that would part of its Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort complex.

    The OLG has issued a “request for information” from the development and entertainment community focusing on the possibility of constructing a “privately-funded, multi-purpose entertainment center.” It could either be directly connected to the casino or constructed nearby in Niagara Falls’ Fallsview business and entertainment district.

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    Casino Niagara to remain open

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Falls will be home to two casinos for the foreseeable future.

    That’s according to Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, who said the 16-year-old gaming facilty — the city’s first — will remain open.

    And not only will the casino remain in operation, Craitor said the government and the Falls Management Company, which operates both Casino Niagara and the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, are looking at ways to increase business at the former.

    “We have some very talented people — some of them are here today — in Niagara Falls,” Craitor said. “Give me ideas and how we can better market it.”

    Truck crash at Fallsview Casino entrance

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    You may have heard about this on the news this morning. Apparently a truck that was trying to get away from the police crashed into the front doors of the Fallsview Casino.

    I stopped by the casino and they are already well on their way to getting things cleaned up:

    Slow times blamed for 45 job cuts at casinos

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort cut 45 jobs Tuesday in one of the biggest single-day reductions since the casinos opened.

    Three pit managers and 42 table games supervisors were let go, as the casino dealt with what it called “a consistent overstaffing situation.”

    “This overstaffing situation was unique to the table games department,” said Art Frank, president of Niagara Casinos, the company that manages the two government-owned casinos in Niagara Falls.

    The casinos had more supervisors and pit managers than they needed, due to “limited business growth prospects,” a reconfiguration of the gaming floor and a new scheduling process, casino management said in a one-page statement after The Niagara Falls Review asked about the changes.

    Fallsview Announces Exciting New Concert Lineup!

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    On Saturday I received a newsletter from Fallsview Casino Resort called The Entertainment Insider. I think this is the first one that I’ve received, and I can’t remember how I got signed up. I haven’t received any emails from the casino in months.

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