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Casino concerns bring Niagara officials to Queen’s Park

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Wow… it doesn’t matter what side of the river you are on, everyone seems to be concerned about casino revenue and related jobs!

From the Niagara Falls Review:

The day after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation started a process to find new operators for Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino, a delegate from Niagara will head to Toronto to speak out against potential job losses. Read More…

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.

Minister’s door open: Craitor

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From Niagara This Week:

The door to Tourism and Culture Minister Michael Chan’s office is always open and the minister will look at ways of increasing tourism in Niagara Falls, Kim Craitor said Thursday.

Craitor, who represents Niagara Falls at Queen’s Park and who is also the parliamentary assistant to Chan, made the remarks in a telephone interview with former provincial Progressive Conservative party leader John Tory on Newstalk 1010’s The Live Drive program, Craitor.

“The answer is the door is always open,” Craitor told Tory when asked if the minister would consider looking into getting the Niagara Parks Commission to change its decision to not allow a walk across the Niagara Gorge in front of the Horseshoe Falls by Nik Wallenda.

“The minister will listen to ideas from anyone, including Mr. Wallenda, Craitor said.

Auditor general won’t probe Parks

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ontario’s auditor general is “not likely” to launch a special investigation of the Niagara Parks Commission following a Queen’s Park committee’s vote asking him to stay out.

“I’d have to say, at least in the short term, it is not something I would be pursuing,” auditor general James McCarter told The Review Wednesday.

The public accounts committee voted 5-3 against New Democrat MPP France Gelinas’ motion calling for a special audit of the commission.

NPC exec’s $395,000 expenses to hit Queen’s Park

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The $395,000 expenses claimed by recently departed Niagara Parks Commission executive Joel Noden are expected to come up during Question Period at Queen’s Park this morning, staff in NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said.

The Globe and Mail reported Noden, formerly the revenue, marketing and business development manager, racked up close to $400,000 in expenses between 2006 and 2009. The paper used access to information legislation to get his credit card records.

$50 million for new people-mover system

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A major transportation project that has been stalled for years got a fresh injection of fuel Monday.

At a press conference at the Via rail station on Bridge Street, Ontario Deputy Premier George Smitherman announced the province will contribute $25 million toward the development of a new people mover bus system linking the city’s major tourist districts with Niagara Parks Commission properties.

The money put up by Queen’s Park matches the $25 million pledged by the federal government in 2003.

Smitherman, who is the provincial energy and infrastructure minister, said the time was right for Queen’s Park to “step up to the plate” as an equal partner with Ottawa on the project.

“The reality is that until today, the province of Ontario has not been an equal partner with the government of Canada in what is a signature investment here in Niagara Falls,” Smitherman.

Maid of the Mist decision facing review

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From the Globe and Mail:

The Niagara Parks Commission, the secretive provincial agency that manages the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, has been ordered to review its decision to extend the Maid of the Mist’s monopoly on boat tours of the world-famous landmark.

The Queen’s Park directive follows two government-ordered reviews of the agency launched in March after The Globe and Mail reported on complaints that the commission granted a 25-year lease extension to the U.S.-owned Maid of the Mist without inviting bids from would-be competitors. The commission meets in private and reports to the Ministry of Tourism.

One of the reviews dealt with governance, and was conducted by an outside accounting firm, while the other was a government audit of the agency’s procurement and leasing activities.

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