Almost all of the residents who came out to speak at the Public Hearing were in favour of the facility making the change.
Ryan Pomeroy, President of Pomeroy Lodging spoke at the Hearing and said this change will increase employment at Chances by 30 people. They are also close to finishing construction at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel next to Boston Pizza and that will also add another 30 employees.
Nearly everyone who spoke at the hearing was in favour of the change. Only Area C Director Arthur Hadland was against the proposal.
According to Hadland “Gambling is known to be an addictive force that impacts 10 per cent of our citizens. I believe that its impacts are worse than tobacco or alcohol in its long term harm to children, families and our senior population”. Representatives from Lottery Corporation say in the most recent provincial survey problem gambling affected less than 5 per cent of the population.
Council has asked City staff to compile a report on the Public Hearing and Council will then make a decision based on that report.
If approved, Chances would add seven tables to the current facility. The proposal includes two poker tables, one 3 card poker table, one roulette table, one Texas Hold ‘Em table and two blackjack tables.