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Market, Not Tories, Should Decide Racetracks’ Fate

Local Tory MP Lisa MacLeod has been trying to make political hay out of Queen’s Park’s attempts to pull gambling slots out of the province’s racetracks. That’s a waste of time.

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Bulldog Debates Casino On CFRA

Osgoode Councillor Doug Thompson, who successfully fought for the Ottawa casino to be located at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray formally debated the casino question on Ron Corbett’s CFRA program Unscripted recently. Gray says the casino issue … Continue reading

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The Pro-Watson Casino Argument

Mayor Jim Watson hasn’t been receiving a lot of support on Bulldog Ottawa for his handling of the casino issue. But here’s one person who has Watson’s back … Doug. His comment is worth better play on Bulldog Ottawa: Easy … Continue reading

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Did Ottawa Get The Casino Wrong?

Government relations expert and noted politico Walter Robinson asks the question on Twitter that should have been posed at the beginning of long, confused casino debate. What casino outcome would have been best for Ottawa economically?

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Watson Picks The Wrong Casino Horse

The Ottawa-Gatineau area would be hard-pressed to handle three casinos. — ¬†Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is governed by economics – not by Mayor Jim Watson’s political problems. So if OLG says only one casino is viable for Ottawa, one … Continue reading

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Ottawa To Get One Casino, Province Rules

This is a letter from Mayor Jim Watson to Ottawa city councillors and senior city staff: Dear Council Colleague, When Council last met on July 17th, I indicated that I would engage with the Province of Ontario to clarify the … Continue reading

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Province’s Casino Letter To Watson

This is a copy of a letter on the province’s position concerning a casino for Ottawa. The letter was provided by the mayor’s office:

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Melnyk Learns How Ottawa Business Is Done

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wanted to put a casino near here. Hello Eugene Melnyk. Welcome to City of Ottawa process. And you think the odds are long at a casino. The Ottawa Senators¬†discovered what Ottawans have been learning for … Continue reading

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Casino Location A Political Bet

A downtown casino might have been a big economic boost to Ottawa. Bulldog Ottawa spoke privately recently with a city councillor who said Mayor Jim Watson was vulnerable on the casino issue. The councillor sensed a growing distaste in community … Continue reading

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Watson’s Casino Mistake: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Rob Snow and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss how Mayor Jim Watson flip-flopped on the casino because he lost the support of city council. To list to The Bulldog on CFRA, click the podcast player below.

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The Real Reason Why Watson Changed On Casino

@SouthMarch says the photo below he composed was the real reason that Mayor Jim Watson changed his position on the location of the Rideau Carleton Raceway:

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City Has Role In Casino Location: Kirkpatrick (2)

This is a memo from city manager Kent Kirkpatrick to Ottawa City Council: To read the document, click on the highlight word below:

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