The ‘No’ Side On Downtown Casino

The ‘No’ Side On Downtown Casino
Posted on June 10, 2013 | James O'Grady | Written on June 10, 2013
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The Bulldog

Author's Note:

Author's Note:

I outlined my position on a downtown casino last week in an internet comment I made on Ken Gray's blog, The Bulldog. Ken gave it its own post today. Here it is...

I’ve made this argument so many times, many times on your site (The Bulldog), but here it is again in point form:

  • Casinos promote gambling and are a vice. Gambling destroys families and communities. Therefore, as protectors of it’s citizens, governments should not be promoting and benefiting financially from gambling. All religions agree that gambling is a vice.
     
  • If Ottawa must have a new casino because we don’t want to lose money to Quebec, then it should go where we already have an established gambling facility, at Rideau-Carleton Raceway so that facility is not destroyed (jobs lost).
     
  • As Canada’s capital it is not appropriate to have a casino within walking distance of our seats of government or our courthouses (both federal and municipal).
     
  • The process that has been undertaken in Ottawa has not properly consulted the public. Even this decision has been made arbitrarily. Proper process needs to be followed at all times in order to get the best answer for everyone.
     
  • Casinos are designed to keep patrons in. As a result, small business, especially restaurants and entertainment facilities that compete for business near a casino are often run out of business. Example: Windsor.

I hope this helps clarify my position on this contentious issue.

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I am a social media entrepreneur, communications professional, part-time school teacher and community leader living in Nepean, Ontario. I am also a hockey goaltender, political hack and most importantly, an advocate... More