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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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City Plays Part In Locating Casino: OLG (3)

This is the letter city manager Kent Kirkpatrick refers to in his memo to Ottawa City Council. To read the memo, see below:

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Toronto Rejects Downtown Casino

Proponents of a downtown Ottawa casino took a body blow when Toronto council rejected a gaming operation there. City council has crushed Mayor Rob Ford’s pitch for 10,000 good-paying jobs by decisively voting against a major downtown casino.

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Location Is Real Casino Issue

Casinos tend to kill restaurants and other entertainment spots near them. The real question surrounding the proposed Ottawa casino is not how much money will come from it for municipal coffers, it’s location. Mayor Jim Watson has skilfully shifted the … Continue reading

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Get $148 Million From Casino: Toronto Report

A Toronto city report says that municipality should receive $148 million as a hosting fee for a new casino there. This should re-open the debate on how much Ottawa should receive: If city council opens the door to a downtown … Continue reading

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Forget OLG Pennies, Follow The Big Bucks

Just how long does it take the media and the public to realize that Toronto supposedly getting a special deal from OLG on casino revenue is just a way for Mayor Jim Watson to recapture the publicity agenda? Had people … Continue reading

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Watson Threatens To Pull Out Of Casino Talks

Mayor Jim Watson is threatening to pull out of talks with OLG over the funding arrangements for a new Ottawa casino:

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Casino Issue Shows How City Hall Works

So is it all starting to become clear now? What with all the pandering to the special interest group from the mayor’s office, in this case the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. above and beyond what OLG wanted for a … Continue reading

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Casino And Watson: Embrace Controversy

Last municipal election the Citizen editorial board of which I was a member supported Jim Watson for mayor. And I did the same in my columns for which I received much criticism for being far too pro-Watson. That wasn’t true … Continue reading

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Casino Issue Puts City Process In Question … Again

Back on Oct. 22, Bulldog Ottawa maintained there were serious problems with the Ottawa casino process and, indeed, process in general at city hall. Today in light of the fact the casino process appears to have been unnecessarily rushed, some of … Continue reading

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Hudak Wants Private Gambling, Maybe Liquor Too

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has come out with his policy on gambling. Now we have to discover what this means to the Ottawa casino. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says it’s time the Ontario government got out of … Continue reading

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So What Happens To Ottawa Casino With Tory Revamp?

The Ontario Tories are planning an announcement this Monday morning to reveal plans to revamp the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. No word on how this will affect a proposed Ottawa casino though the Progressive Conservatives don’t appear keen on … Continue reading

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The Smart People Are Chasing The Casino Story

According to the Bulldog’s Ottawa City Hall spies, two CBC scribes and one CTV reporter are chasing yesterday’s Bulldog Business post as we speak about the proposed Ottawa casino going off the rails. At least one local CTV journalist has good Grit contacts. … Continue reading

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Wrong Again On The Casino

The time for talk about whether a casino will be built in Ottawa is over. Now we must make it work downtown. No Joanne Chianello, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is not about to locate the new Ottawa casino in … Continue reading

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City Issues Release On Casino

We have the final City of Ottawa release on casino for the area: The City of Ottawa today signalled its interest to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that it supports, in principle, becoming a host city for a … Continue reading

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