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Our dutifully elected council and city staff once again took to Council Chambers for our regular council meeting last night, and they introduced the electronic voting component. Like usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. While we heard a lot off the top of the meeting on we, quite surprisingly, had nobody [...]
Continue reading Hall Monitor: Split Pot
The Process Recently there has been a lot of discussion around a possible gaming facility and a referendum in Kingston. I want to take this opportunity to speak directly to residents about my views and our collective challenges and opportunities. I want to first apologize for my recent comments on social media around the issue [...]
Continue reading Community Soapbox: Casino in Kingston
Last night was a homecoming of sorts as city council returned to it’s usual seats around the horseshoe, wrapping up a three month road trip – and they did so in true council fashion, running past 11:30 without finishing the agenda. As always, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. I was [...]
Continue reading Hall Monitor: A Pound of Regulations
Kingston’s City Council Meetings are no stranger to corporate suitors and special interest groups looking to gain support for noble and lucrative causes alike. The conga line of aspiring something or others that have graced council with their presence include prospective managers of the K-Rock Centre, both pro- and anti-casino coalitions, and most recently, Enbridge [...]
Continue reading Weekly Poll: Crude Awakening for Line 9
Kingston, Ontario – The government of Ontario’s proposal to carve the province into 29 gaming areas is an exercise in expanded exploitation according to Kingston & The Islands Green Party candidate Robert Kiley. Based on Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) figures, 41% of all gaming revenue comes from a smaller sub-group of gamblers defined [...]
Continue reading Provincial Casino Revenues Disturbingly Depend on “Problem” and “Pathological” Gamblers.
City Council’s decisions have widespread implications for Kingston, and this past year our elected officials have ruled on everything from support for a casino to one-bag per household garbage limits and re-awarding management of the K-Rock Centre to SMG. The meetings are epic marathons even for devoted political observers. Keeping up with the goings-on at [...]
Continue reading Best of 2012: Hall Monitor: Check
When The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to open up the provincial gaming industry to private sectors, the City of Kingston took immediate action by bringing the idea to council and creating a survey allowing Kingstonians to have their say. The debate is ongoing and has sparked some very convincing arguments [...]
Continue reading Best of 2012: Should Kingston Roll The Dice?
With less than two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2013, it’s time for our annual review of the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. Last December, a majority of our readers voted that the Shafia Family murder trial was the top story of 2011, while just over a month [...]
Continue reading Weekly Poll: The Year That Was
This being the second year of their term in office, Councillors and Mayor Gerretsen are increasingly making their mark, for better or worse, on the Limestone City. City Council has passed motions that have relocated the International Hockey Hall of Fame, opened the door to the possibility of a casino, and furthered a host of [...]
Continue reading Weekly Poll: Grading City Council
The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) recently published an article A Question of a Casino in their Insider newsletter summarizing their research into economic impacts of a casino. Their findings echo those cited by the Downtown Kingston! B.I.A. in recent weeks. The article notes: …when the visitor base is drawn from the local area [...]
Continue reading Casino: Provincial Association Opinion Matches Downtown Kingston! BIA’s