Mayor Gregor Robertson promises no gambling expansion in Vancouver
Vancouver's mayor says he won't allow any expansion of gambling in the city while he's in office.
"Last month, Council directed staff to do a review of all gaming facilities in Vancouver to ensure they meet the highest public health standards, as laid out in an October report from BC's Chief Medical Health Officer," Gregor Robertson said in a statement on Tuesday evening (December 10).
"I've been very clear that there will not be any expansion of gambling in the City of Vancouver while I am Mayor. In 2011, Council denied a proposal that sought to expand gambling. As part of the Edgewater Casino project, we wrote into our bylaws a cap on the number of slots and tables that could be allowed at the new site. This prevents any form of gambling expansion at this site in the future, and any attempt to do so would require a rezoning - which I will never support."
Robertson issued his statement hours after the Vancouver Not Vegas coalition held a news conference regarding the latest proposal to move the Edgewater Casino from the Plaza of Nations to a site near B.C. Place.
The coalition announced that over 30 prominent Vancouver and B.C. residents are endorsing its bid to have city council review the casino application, which is set to go to the development permit board on Monday (December 16).
Paragon Holdings' development permit application would see the relocated casino's gambling floor area double in size.
However, the 2011 rezoning limits the B.C. Place site to the 600 slot machines and 75 gambling tables already permitted at Edgewater.