October 16, 2012 Special Council Minutes

A Special Meeting of Council was held Tuesday, October 16, 2012, together with the municipalities of Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township and Township of Springwater, at the RecPlex located at 1725 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach commencing at 7:00pm, for a public information meeting regarding Gaming Facilities.

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Members of Council Present:                      
Mayor Cooper
Deputy Mayor Lloyd
Councillor Edwards
Councillor Lloyd
Councillor Chadwick
Councillor Hull
Councillor West
Councillor Cunningham
Councillor Gardhouse - Regrets
Staff Present:                       
Sara Almas, Clerk
Marjory Leonard, Treasurer
Robert Voigt, Manager of Planning and Infrastructure Projects
Mayor Cooper relinquished the role of the chair to Mayor Cal Patterson as moderator of this session.  
Wasaga Beach Mayor Cal Patterson, Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper, Clearview Mayor ken Ferguson and Springwater Mayor Linda Collins provided a brief welcome and introduced the members of their Council’s that were in attendance.
Mayor Cal Patterson provided a background of the gaming facility opportunity to our region that has been identified by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as “C7”.   Mayor Patterson also reviewed the agenda and the procedure that will be followed for this meeting.
Mayor Patterson introduced the representatives from the OLG:  Rick Gray VP, Gaming Transformation, Paul Pellizzari- Director of Policy and Social Responsibility, Jake Pastore – Manager, Community and Municipal Relations, Tony Bitonti - Senior Manager, Media Relations Communications & Public Relations.
OLG Presentation:
Mr. Rick Gray provided a detailed background of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, OLG strategic objectives, lottery and gaming in Ontario, use of funds that flow back into the community, gaming sites in Ontario, and the modernization plan of gaming in Ontario.
Mr. Jake Pastore reviewed the potential revenue and benefits to host municipalities and the requirements for establishing new gaming site. 
Mr. Paul Pellizzari reviewed the OLG responsible gaming strategy to prevent and mitigate effects of problem gambling.
Questions from the community:
The four Mayors and representatives from the OLG addressed written questions received from the public. 
Questions from members of the Councils:
The Mayors and OLG representatives addressed questions from Council members present with respect to the average hourly wages of casino jobs, what happens if the municipalities in the C7 are conflicted, will Toronto’s consideration of a gaming facility impact the process for our region, and if there are plans to meet with the health care community. 

Mayor Patterson invited the public to speak to the respective Council’s at 9:00pm.
Dr. Quigg expressed significant concerns with the negative impacts of gambling addition, and submitted a petition signed by 28 physicians in the region opposing any consideration to locate a casino within the C7 area.
Mr. Alvin Marvin, pastor on behalf of Church of Ladder Day Saints, representing their congregations in the C7 region and expressed concern with the negative effects casinos have to a community and requested that the Councils not support hosting a gaming facility.
Dr. John Hamilton, psychotherapist in the region, provided a detailed statistical review of the challenges that casinos create in a community including the impacts on youth.  Dr. Hamilton provided a written submission to Council including 9 recommendations that should be considered.
Ms. Laurie Vanderhurk, Clearview, expressed concern that casinos only redistribute wealth and it has significant impacts on middle to low income families.  She requested that the Councils should consider a vision that is “family friendly”.
Mr. Jim Roll, requested the public to continue to contact their municipalities to express their concerns, complete the surveys and attend further public meetings to ensure that a casino is located in this region.
Dr. Mike Lewin, requested all Council’s to think very hard before they consider supporting a casino in the region and the ensuing addition and negative social impacts for the nominal financial benefit.
Mr. Tom Zodd, Clearview Township, requested the Councils keep this a slot free region.    
Mayor Cooper resumed the role of the Chair.
Moved by Councillor Cunningham
THAT the meeting of Council be hereby adjourned at 9:26pm.
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