Casino Town Hall Meeting In Hamilton

Published: October 11, 2012 12:28 pm EDT

Hamilton Councillor Jason Farr is encouraging residents that are concerned about local casino expansion to come out and attend a Town Hall Meeting tonight (Thursday, October 11) at City Hall Council Chambers.

Farr has stated that "with respect to the City of Hamilton’s Casino decision, public input is most important," and that he is encouraging everyone to "please join in the discussion at this Town Hall event and share your views."

The meeting will get underway tonight at 7:00 p.m. and will run through until 10:00 p.m.

Even though some people will not be able to attend the Town Hall, Farr still wants feedback on the topic, and is asking those that cannot attend to submit feedback on his website.



As a resident of Hamilton, I attended tonight's meeting. OLG did not show up, but the mayor of Brantford was there to tout the benefits of their casino. The councillor from Flamborough spoke in defense of keeping the slots and racing at Flamboro Downs. I had the chance to address the packed council chambers as to why they were there in the first place - namely the inexplicable decision to end SARP and the governments desperation to create alternate venues (casinos) whereby they could recoup lost revenue from the current racetrack slots. Aside from a couple of questionable supporters of the idea of a downtown Hamilton casino location , there seemed to be a fairly overwhelming opposition to that idea and great support for keeping both the slots and racing at Flamboro. Hamilton's mayor and all of the other councillors in attendance kept nodding in agreement to the points I was able to make, so I hope that meant that they agreed with my opposition to the casino in Hamilton. Fingers crossed.

I wonder if the OLG will show up for the meeting. They didn't for the meeting in Sudbury. They had some croney that couldn't answer anyone's questions. If this is such a great plan, why do they avoid any confrontation or rebuttle?