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2014-04-16 at 14:43

Fort Frances puts casino on October ballot

By tbnewswatch.com

When Fort Frances residents go to the municipal election polls in October, they’ll also be voting on whether or not to licence a casino in their town.

On Monday, Town Council voted unanimously to hold the plebiscite, with the results binding for the next two terms.

If more than 50 per cent of Fort Frances residents support the idea, the municipality will approach the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to request consideration as a casino site.

During the 1997 wave that saw a casino built in Thunder Bay, a similar plebiscite was voted down in Fort Frances. 

But Mayor Roy Avis says the time has come to test the waters once more.

The OLG selected Kenora and one of its neighbouring First Nations as a potential gaming site last year.

Kenora City Council passed a resolution that any casino would not be built downtown and would need to be part of a new hotel and convention centre.


(Thunder Bay Television)

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Ben Hur says:
don't do it.
4/17/2014 11:50:31 AM
DRL1979 says:
How quickly people forget that the citizens of Thunder Bay had a vote about our own local casino.

How about we let the people of Fort Francis make their own minds up.
4/17/2014 8:19:04 AM
alarmforce says:
Fort Frances wants a Casino??
Give them ours and build the Event Center were the Casino is now!!
4/17/2014 12:02:20 AM
DWB says:
WOW Fort Frances has a democratic council and Thunder Bay does not. Where did we go wrong.
4/16/2014 11:12:05 PM
TBAY Duffer says:
What happens in Fort Frances, stays in Fort Frances.
4/16/2014 8:42:23 PM
nvjgu says:
The casino here should be shut down. It's not the charity casino I voted for.
4/16/2014 7:22:01 PM
Tbaylifer 1 says:
Your best plan would be to put the casino in your cityhall. That way you eleminate the middle man and no municipal taxes. Other then that, vote no.
4/16/2014 5:25:30 PM
S Duncan says:
you notice how they got to vote just on the concept of actually getting a casino?

they didn't just start this giant project and then deny the citizens the right to choose themselves.

they will just request to become a gaming site if the people want it.

Take notice Thunder Bay council..

that's how its done without pissing off the whole city and causing so much fighting.
4/16/2014 5:18:13 PM
tsb says:
Most of the city is fine with the multiplex. You're the minority. A very small, irrelevant but loud minority.
4/16/2014 7:27:38 PM
Eastender says:
Tsb: Eh,? Whats that? Speak up, I cant hear you! You say you have a majority, like a whole buncha people who want a complex? Oh, oh, static, your breaking up, call me back when we can get a better connection! Theres a whole buncha people her making a lotta noise, something about NOT building an event centre. Wow what a crowd. Hope you dont get trampled in the stampede!
4/17/2014 7:11:20 PM
sideways says:
Henry why do you continue to insult the intelligence with your ridiculous moniker of "Mayor In Waiting"
Fort Frances please do not let the provincial government bamboozle you into voting for something they never planned on delivering. Charity Casino what a joke
4/16/2014 5:13:59 PM
Gotta ask says:
"Mayor In Waiting"... I like that...

You're gonna feel silly on Oct.28th though....
4/16/2014 4:54:54 PM
mystified says:
I hope the residents of Fort Frances have heard and been listening to all the reasons not to have a casino in their town. It will create a lot of marriage breakups and bankruptcy in this already poor economy.
The only winners is the OLG. Of course the OLG will let a few big prizes go to get the gamblers all excited but that will die as fast as it started.
A few acquaintances use to be bragging about how much money they had won when the money pit opened in T.Bay. It wasn't long and they were pinching pennies.
Vote No.
4/16/2014 4:15:03 PM
chezhank says:
I attach a link to the news story on this plebiscite.
What is interesting is that unlike Thunder Bay,the people were not misled into thinking that if they voted yes they would be bound to a build casino.
If there was transparency in Thunder Bay on the procedure of plebiscite,to put a question on the ballot in the Oct 27 we had nothing to fear about simply asking do you agree with building an event centre.
We would not be bound as the plebiscite question in Fort Frances is proving.
Some people at city hall should be held to account.

henry wojak
mayor in waiting
4/16/2014 3:30:36 PM
TBDR says:
i wondered how many posts it would take before someone made a dumb comment about the events centre... Thanks "mayor in waiting", you didn't let me down.
4/16/2014 10:32:52 PM
chezhank says:
I sent the following email to our City Clerk this morning.

Good morning Mr.Hannam

I send this FOR THE RECORD.

As you may already be aware , the city clerk under the Municipal Elections Act is responsible for certain aspects of the election with respect to a question
a municipality may pose to its electors.
It is unfortunate that you did not take it upon yourself to eliminate the confusion surrounding putting a question on the ballot in the upcoming Oct 27 municipal election.
It is apparent that Fort Frances city council has managed to put a question on the ballot without the confusion that you allowed to take place in our city.
They are asking their residents if they want a casino,and have managed to avoid being committed to building one if the answer was binding and the answer was yes.
Maybe you ,the city manager,the mayor and council can take lesson on how this was done.

henry wojak
mayor in waiting
4/17/2014 11:14:29 AM
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