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List of prominent names opposed to casino grows

February 16th, 2011 · 52 Comments

When people like Dan Mangan and Gordon Gibson, Brian Jungen and Alex Tsakumis, and the Lutheran Urban Mission Society are all piling on to oppose casino expansion, there’s rough seas ahead suddenly for this proposal.

This news release just out from the Little Train That Could, Vancouver Not Vegas.

Vancouver, BC: A groundswell of support from people and organizations across Vancouver against the proposed expanded mega casino from Paragon Gaming and Crown Corporation BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCO), has the grassroots coalition that started the movement, elated.

Vancouver Not Vegas! Coalition spokesperson SANDY GAROSSINO says the response over the last week to media reports on the casino expansion has been “Overwhelming!”
“We are delighted that so many thousands of people are awakening to the very real concerns posed by this development”, Garossino said. “The people and organizations supporting us are coming  from every part of the city, from every walk of life. They are sending council e-mails, signing petitions and trying to find out how to engage in this fight”.
“What is extraordinary is that they all have a common goal with us—-to see that on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, the City of Vancouver counsellors and Mayor Gregor Robertson call for a moratorium on the expansion of gaming in Vancouver”. An in-council session, looking at the re-zoning application for the expanded mega casino site, is expected to attract over 80 speaking delegations and many in the gallery who oppose the Paragon application..
Garossino says that there are too many unanswered questions about the development. These include the scope of the partnership between PavCo and Paragon, and financing questions around the deal, as well as how programs and costs surrounding increased social and community problems such as increased crime, gang activity, money laundering, addictions  and neighbourhood safety will be handled.
The lack of material that the public can see that explains potential downsides is,  she said, “Extremely troubling and concerning. We don’t need another Olympic Village.  And we certainly don’t need any more social problems for neighbourhoods in this City. Public transparency and public consultation on this issue is critical.”
Vancouver Not Vegas! is a non-partisan collection of the following groups:False Creek Residents’ Association; Strathcona Residents’ Association; Grandview-Woodlands Area Council; BC Association of Charitable Gaming Alliance for Arts & Culture; Arts Advocacy BC; Stop BC Arts Cuts
People can look to for more information.
Prominent Vancouverites Opposed to the Mega-casino
Bing Thom, Order of Canada
Cornelia Oberlander, Order of Canada
Alma Lee, Order of Canada
Michael Clague, Order of Canada
Patrick Reid, Order of Canada
Jean Swanson
May Brown, Order of BC
Yosef Wosk, Order of BC
Gordon Gibson, Order of BC
Peter Ladner, Former City Councillor
Setty Pendakur, Former City Councillor
Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral
Anthony Perl, Dir. SFU Urban Studies Program
Dan Mangan
Frieda Granot, Sauder School of Business
George Puil, Former City Councillor
Dr. Colin Campbell
Shane Koyczan, Olympic poet
Jonathan Baker
Doug McArthur
Judith Marcuse
Brian Jungen
Alix Brown
Michael Turner
Catriona Jeffries
Alex G. Tsakumis
Alda Pereira
Hank Bull, artist
Nick Milkovich, Architect
Sandra Garossino
Sean Bickerton
Ned Jacobs, urbanist
and more to come

Community Group Supporters of the Coalition
Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC (COSCO)
Carnegie Community Action Project
Community Arts Council of Vancouver
Anglican Church – Christchurch Cathedral
BC Persons With AIDS Society
Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver
Lutheran Urban Mission Society

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  • The reason the hearing on the casino was delayed until March 7 is that the False Creek Residents Association brought out dozens of speakers from every neighbourhood around False Creek in support of an amendment to Concord Pacific’s 5B development permit that would see greening of Creekside Park within weeks, not another 15 years.

    They heard 20 of us on the 17th, and will hear from more than that on Monday night Feb 21, all on the same subject.

    But make no mistake. Our coalition will be out in force on March 7, with more than 100 speakers already signed up to speak on the issue that evening.

    Every day we are joined by more and more prominent Vancouverites, all asking the same questions about building the largest casino in Western Canada in a residential area right next to our family-oriented sports stadium.

    If you share our concerns, please write to let council know – they count every email pro and against. And please join us at

  • Norman

    I would like to make a few observations:
    – as someone else said, if it’s to be a “destination”, require foreign passports to enter as they do in Monaco or Baden, which are true “destianation” casinos
    – we said to Steve Wynn that a large downtown casino is not how Vancouverites see themselves. Has our vision changed?
    – I saw what happened to Windsor, Ontario when a major casino opened there. All the small businesses nearby disappeared. If there’s a sports book in the casino, watch all the bars nearby disappear as well.
    – We used to prevent foreign ownership of casinos in BC. Why has this changed?
    = Many people can live with casinos if they think the money is going to a good cause. Lets require 30% of the profits to go to charity.