City to reconsider slot machines/link to petition ‘Say NO’

Voices comment:  Coverage in the North Shore News of the decision at Council last Monday to ‘revive the debate and send it to a meeting of council’s policy committee for further study. ‘

Editorial:  Game Changer

The City of North Vancouver is certainly going to raise some eyebrows by opening up the debate over whether to allow for-profit gambling after banning it nearly 20 years ago.

Council’s policy committee will meet sometime in the future to study and debate the matter in detail.

Opponents at the council table attempted to shoot the plan down on the grounds that there simply wasn’t enough public demand for gaming on the North Shore to consider changing the rules. That might be true, but we say have the discussion.

Consult the public. Listen to what the experts have to say. That’s how good policy gets made.

The discussion needs to be framed around the millions in revenue it could mean for city taxpayers and the community groups that rely for gaming grants as well as the capacity gambling has to ruin lives.

Is easy money worth the social ills it breeds?

It’s also worth noting that this issue only came up because Playtime Gaming, which was a generous campaign donor to the mayor and his council allies, is hoping to put upwards of 300 slot machines on the redesigned Shipyards. Even if the city opts to allow the one-armed bandits back in town, it’s still another matter convincing the public they would be suitable for the waterfront.

And council has a gamble on its hands here. There’s nothing stopping Playtime from making their pitch to the District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver or either of North Shore’s First Nations.

– See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/editorial/game-changer-1.1778241#sthash.YCpUHq6Q.dpuf

link to full article:   City to reconsider slot machines.

Comment by Ron Polly :

A community gets 10% of the ” net ” proceeds according to the rules set out by BC Lottery Corp .
The return to the City is expected to be in the $ 1.75 to $ 2.1 million range .
That means more than 21 million dollars a year will be siphoned off the local economy.
There is only so much discretionary income. So were does $ 21 miliion come from ? 
Does it come out of people’s rents, mortgages , kids bank accounts, grocery money or does it come out of the pockets of other business’s who are struggling to pay heavy City taxes and high rents ? 
There is no free money. It has to come from some where, 
The other concern is Playtime is a private company. Will we ever know who in the long run will benefit from such a lucrative license in the City of NV ?
Is any one who is involved in the decision process also involved in other ways ?
As you see returns are staggering . 
To win peoples trust why would a person use one company name to donate to a campaign while their other company is asking to introducing slot machines ? Is that a good way to start ?
Maybe we need a far more reaching and official look in to these matters ? 
To me it is a tax on the poor and desperate. 
The money’s they talk about for the community could easily be made up through some sharp pencil work at City Hall. 
Combining services and stop giving freebees to buddies would be a good start.

 – See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/news/city-to-reconsider-slot-machines-1.1777669#.dpuf 

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Comment by North Van City News (Dorothy Bell)  with link to petition:

North Vancouver City has passed a motion to look at locating gaming facilities in the City. I have taken the liberty of attaching the motion for your perusal. As you can see Mayor Darrell Mussatto, made the motion.

The motion comes directly after the municipal election where Tom Nellis under his company K & T Property Holdings own donated $14,000 to Mussatto and his team. Nellis is also President of Playtime Gaming and Bingo.

We very concerned that the newly elected majority on council will approve gambling in North Vancouver City in the near future. Please circulate this page to those that would be affected if a commercial Bingo facility was located here and encourage them to sign the online petition.

Say NO to Commercial Gaming:

http://www.northvancitynews.com/say-no-to-commercial-gambling/

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