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Retractable roof was a must-have for Paragon

April 2nd, 2010 · 25 Comments

This interesting story unfolding in Victoria, news that Paragon Gaming told the B.C. government quite some time ago that it would be a “deal breaker” for any new development built by them if BC Place didn’t have a retractable roof. Sean Holman at publiceyeonline reporting on this here.

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NPA drops acclaimed candidate, some bow out, but others revving up to run

April 26th, 2011 · 43 Comments

Jesse Johl, we hardly knew you. For those who don’t recall, Johl was acclaimed as one of two NPA candidates acclaimed to run in the November election last fall, as a way of giving some support to lone councillor Suzanne Anton. Bill McCreery, the other acclaimed candidate, has been busy peppering blogs, emails and live […]

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Council turns down expanded casino, passes moratorium ’til BCLC improves practices

April 19th, 2011 · 78 Comments

My story in the Globe here and the full motion here. More to come. A. THAT the application by BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) to rezone the following: a portion of 777 Pacific Boulevard (PID: 008-332-614, Lot 153 False Creek Plan 20421 (“BC Place Site”); a portion of Terry Fox Way to be closed and conveyed […]

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Internal report on Vancouver casino shows who spends on gambling in the region

March 28th, 2011 · 48 Comments

We haven’t been able to see detailed marketing projections for the Paragon/Edgewater casino until now because the company has kept its own reports on this confidential. But the B.C. Lottery Corporation report commissioned to check out Paragon’s revenue projections, put in as part of their bid, is (sort of) available to the public. (And the […]

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BC Place renos don’t depend on casino money

March 15th, 2011 · 68 Comments

That’s the word from PavCo CEO Warren Buckley, as he spelled out for me exactly how the $563-million renos are being financed for BC Place. My story is just one small effort to isolate some of the actual facts in the pile-up of information and misinformation debris that has been accumulating around this project. There […]

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Casino workers’ union glum about pile-on of opposition, fears that all jobs will be lost

March 8th, 2011 · 64 Comments

Another round of speakers Tuesday night, ably tweeted by several at the meeting. Earlier in the day, I spoke with the president of the casino workers’ union and others about the wave of opposition that has emerged. Story here. As well, just to try to sort out some of the past, I am appending here […]

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Approval for direct wire transfers to casinos one key to luring international gamblers

March 1st, 2011 · 23 Comments

The longer the debate about a casino expansion goes on, the more we learn. What I learned today was something about how gamblers with lots of money get their money to casinos. Until a year ago, they could only bring cash — a problem if you’re coming across the border, where the limit is $10,000. […]

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New Vancouver casino would get $130 M more from local gamblers, $100 M from tourists

February 24th, 2011 · 95 Comments

B.C. Lottery Corporation, Paragon Gaming and PavCo are about to come out of the blocks to start fighting back against the opposition to a casino expansion that suddenly blew up in their faces the last two weeks. That’s what I learned when I went over to BCLC’s offices today for an interview with the president […]

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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 […]

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Casino opponents fight hard but uphill to galvanize action

February 15th, 2011 · 47 Comments

Vancouver has seen massive protests in the past over expanded gaming. This time, the opposition has been strangely slow to muster. I looked at why, in brief. One thing I noted, but didn’t have spaceto go into, is the lack of political leadership. Every party has a mixed record on this. Although the NPA led […]

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