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Nipissing Wants in on North Bay Casino Revenue Stream

North Bay’s planned casino development is likely to have hugely positive effects for the city and economy as a whole. Indeed, the development of Cascades Casino is being spearheaded by industry heavyweights Gateway Casinos. However, it is not just North Bay that looks set to benefit from this moving forward – there are other areas as well.

Specifically, the district of Nipissing is laying claim to a slice of North Bay’s casino revenue. As you might imagine, this influx of financial clout would be something a lot of people would like to get involved with, but it seems that Nipissing may have a legitimate claim to some of the bounty. They claim their work with problem gambling has led to a significant improvement for the community of North Bay, and the surrounding areas.

Problem gambling is an issue that has plagued many areas of the country over the last couple of years. And this is a problem that has come under the spotlight again in recent months with the revelations that Brampton MP Raj Grewal has been battling gambling addiction, and racking up debts for some time. This has been a bit of a wake up call for a lot of people who felt that problem gambling was some peripheral problem that would never impact society properly.

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It seems that Nipissing has been very active in its work to help with this, and battle against the destructive nature of problem gambling. In fact, this led to some of the first problem gambling seminars to come to North Bay, pioneered by the District of Nipissing Social Service Administration Board. This seems to be the district’s way of trying to raise awareness and do something to combat the problem.

Back in September, Nova Scotia announced controversial plans to scrap its lifetime ban for problem gamblers, and this is no doubt something Nipissing has wanted to avoid. Those who suffer with gambling addiction need help, and steps need to be taken to ensure that this is an issue that is confronted.

The great work of the Social Service Board in the area has led to the DNSSAB entering into a revenue sharing agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Company (OLG). The idea behind this is that they will benefit from a share of the money the casino makes for the area, and this money will be used to help problem gambling on a much larger scale. Chairman Mark King was quoted as saying, “We are asking for formal matching of revenue sharing with OLG, similar to the agreement with the City of North Bay.”

It seems that this is something that will require dialogue, so a meeting is being pencilled in to discuss the matter. There are hopes that agreement can be reached on both sides, because this is something that plays a big part in the continued community spirit, and does a lot of good for surrounding areas as well.

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