Niagara Regional Council has signalled its strong support for the City of Niagara Falls’ opposition to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Modernization Lottery and Gaming Initiative by agreeing to cost share legal counsel to review remedial options.
At its meeting Oct. 26, Council supported a request by the City of Niagara Falls to cost share on the retention of legal counsel Timothy J. Murphy of McMillan LLP.
This follows Council’s position, adopted on June 22, that Niagara Region assist the City of Niagara Falls to ensure local jobs and significant economic development is protected. This action is in alignment with the Niagara Region’s strategic plan to foster an environment for economic prosperity.
The mandated criteria put forward by the OLG in their RFP for the Modernization Lotter and Gaming Initiative differs significantly from the previous process used in 1996 to procure the original casino operating agreements. In particular, the 1996 documents required the project to offer sustainable economic benefits, create jobs, act as catalyst for economic development of City and Region, and provide revenues to the province.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation through the Niagara Falls casino establishments is one of the largest employers in the Niagara Region and a significant economic driver for the entire region.
"Niagara’s two casinos are one of Niagara’s largest employers and it is critical that we partner with the City of Niagara Falls to support local jobs and oppose OLG’s modernization plans. Niagara Region is providing the necessary support to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the jobs of thousands of hardworking residents and their families. We believe that the casinos should continue to act as a catalyst for economic development for the entire Region, and we’re optimistic that hiring outside legal counsel will ensure we are considering all of our options."
~ Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair
"Our motivation is clear: To help keep the jobs that support families in our community and in the Niagara Region here. We are doing what we need to do to ask the OLG to be accountable to the communities that they operate in, especially ours. Our residents depend on it."
~ Jim Diodati, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls
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