News

Slot machines a big hit with council

Tuesday, September 18, 2012   by: Jamie LyleNorth Bay City Councillors had plenty to discuss during Monday evening's regular council meeting.

The evening began with a presentation from this year's Summer in the Park coordinator, Jake Lacourse

More presentations and lengthy discussions followed regarding the pros and cons of including a 300 slot casino addition in the city, a motion which was passed with only one councillor voting against the decision.

Finally, council discussed concerns regarding an incident of contamination at the water treatment plant and the course of action that was taken to remedy the failure.

For these developing stories, continue to check your baytoday.ca web page for more information.
Comments
8
Please sign in to post a response
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of BayToday.ca. Keep discussions civil and on topic. Refrain from obscenity and don't post anything that your grandmother would be ashamed to read. Those who do not abide by these guidelines will have their membership revoked without notice. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
dealer 9/18/2012 8:46:04 AM Report

glad to see the casino is on to the next stage....if North Bay doesnt want the jobs there are plenty of municipalities lining up to take them for their communities!!!
Oldtimer 9/18/2012 10:45:00 AM Report

So what does the community do with all the orginizations that rely on locally generated funds to operate?

The City has already slated the profits to City projects as they feel fit. Not to mention the un-mentioned expansion bonuses.

If anyone believes the jobs are well paying or signifigant should really look at what we are going to lose.

The Casino is a very self serving project that benefits a few.
It may work down south where there are millions of people within a short drive.
dealer 9/18/2012 11:00:38 AM Report

Tell that to the 90-100 people who will be hired by the casino...many of those salaries will be between 40 to 50k.

Ask the many people who will be hired from spin off jobs how they feel.

More jobs....more people spending money in our community....more tax income for our municipality....more people being able to afford giving something to charity....
dealer 9/18/2012 11:09:06 AM Report

btw....city council went to Brantford(approx 93000, so a little bigger than North Bay) and their council had nothing but positive comments on the impact of a casino to their community.

They said there was no sudden upsurge in crime and the social impact to the city was minimal.

They also said the economic impact was significant.

Imho, when u concentrate on getting jobs for people alot of other problems go away or are very much reduced!(ie CRIME!!)
laceyjdog 9/18/2012 2:47:40 PM Report

I agree with you dealer 9/18/2012. people who come here to gamble will generate jobs. They'll rent hotel rooms and efficiency cottages, rent cars, buy gas, shop in our stores etc.
Grampa Brian 9/18/2012 3:35:32 PM Report

Sudbury has 400 slot machines according to the OLG website.

North Bay is getting 300 machines.

I AM THRILLED WE ARE GETTING A CASINO but if anybody has been to Sudbury they know how small it is and ours will be even smaller.

I don't understand all the fear mongering about what is going to be something they could put inside a party tent like we used to see at the Heritage Festival for vendors.

There MIGHT be lots of action for the first couple days mostly out of curiosity but it will fall off quite quickly. I for one am not going to stand around waiting for a machine to free up when I can go to Rama, etc. walk in and find a free machine within minutes.

This old boy will play here because it's another option but I am really getting upset at all the hyprocrites who buy lottery tickets or Nevada tickets and then sit back and scream about gamgling.
Oldtimer 9/18/2012 5:09:49 PM Report

1. Brantford has a much larger area to draw on for it's gamblers.

2. The Mayor in Brantford also said the gamblers came and went without staying to relax or be tourists.

3. North Bay has been doing something already to revitalize downtown and it will eat up anything the Casino brings in, short term.

4. With one of the higher Cost of living in Ontario North, the employee's are still going to enjoy the Social network of funding in place here, for sports or councelling or retraining etc....

5. The city wants to readily accept an increase in work load socially but it can't see the value of improving Transit to the North or East or west or South.

6. With all the crieria required to work at a Casino, how long before we start seeing the extra unemployed in North Bay and company people transferred in but collecting paychecks outside our area code.

All of my comments are based on what I heard or read from releases from City Hall.

None of the proceeds go towards access to municipal programs or non profit orginizations and services.
Any proceeds from the Casino will or might be slotted into a private account of the City to allow for unexpected costs or projects.

These are not opinions, nor are they being negative about gambling. I am presenting the facts as they are presented and not embellishing.

I am always concerned about my comunity and try to share a common sence view of outcomes in my posts here.
Forklift 9/18/2012 9:18:41 PM Report

your right. there will be no up tick in crime. North Bay already is the drug/thug capital of the north. Perhaps we can use some of the money to do a little better job fighting off the crime in this town.
Comments
8
Please sign in to post a response
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of BayToday.ca. Keep discussions civil and on topic. Refrain from obscenity and don't post anything that your grandmother would be ashamed to read. Those who do not abide by these guidelines will have their membership revoked without notice. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
Advertising | Membership | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | About BayToday.ca | Contact Us | Feedback

Copyright ©2014 BayToday.ca - All rights reserved
News Sports