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Plot Twist at Kawartha Downs as OLG Closes Casino

It seems that the plot has well and truly thickened in Ontario this week, following developments by the OLG. We had news earlier this week that Shorelines Casino Peterborough was going to be opening, and that this would result in a massive development for the area. This had resulted in a long fought battle between in the area to try to keep Kawartha Downs open as well.

It was believed that the twin would exist alongside one another, with Kawartha keeping its speedway, and the lion’s share of its slots, while Peterborough’s new casino would take most of the trade for table games. However, there has been a sting in the tail as it appears that Kawartha Downs has been mysteriously, and temporarily shut!

The story goes that staff showed up to work this week and were met with a closed establishment, and no indicator of when it might be opening again! This is a very unexpected turn of events and was not something that anyone was expecting to have happened.

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This will no doubt have angered the staff of Kawartha Downs who were pretty much opposed to having the new Great Canadian Gaming casino opening in Peterborough in the first place. After being placated because an agreement was reached, it appears that people have been let down, and it’s certain that more than a few of the employees feel like they have been betrayed.

Of course, it could well be the case that the OLG is simply experimenting with the one casino for the moment, and then will reopen Kawartha in due course. It could just be that they are exploring the idea of a transitional period to make sure everything runs smoothly, but that remains to be seen.

It has been an up and down scenario for Kawartha Downs of late. First, there were reports that the deal to keep some 150 slots in Fraserville had fallen through. Then it seems there was an eleventh-hour reprieve, and OLG assured that the Shorelines Slots at Kawartha would remain open alongside Shorelines Peterborough. However, it now seems as though the company has reneged on this promise, at least short-term.

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Understandably many of the employees at Kawartha are very disturbed by these developments and are worrying about their ability to keep up with bills if they aren’t working. For many people, it is simply a case of wanting to know how long this is going to last. Reports are surfacing that Kawartha Downs will be closed for around two weeks, and the Unions in the area are concerned about the possibility of layoffs. Perhaps concerned about the recent surge in strikes due to Union activity across B.C., OLG felt compelled to quell these fears.

The company has assured people this will not be the case, and they stated, “We look forward to the relaunch of Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs in approximately two weeks time, and we thank the community for their patience.” In spite of the promises, this will likely do little to assuage the worries that employees have over the security of their jobs.

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