(Until details of the actual appeal are posted here, we offer this
letter from The Sudbury Star April 3, 2018 by Tom Fortin)
Sudbury council did not properly consult on casino.
Dan Melanson ('Casino
appeal would be waste of time, resources,' March 31) recently
accused the anti-casino lobby of attempting to "subvert the 2012
council decision" regarding the proposed new full casino in Sudbury. He
should review his notes from 2012.
The decision made by council in 2012 indicated their willingness to
host a casino; however, the original resolution was amended with the
words "as approved by council."
There was great fanfare back in 2012 with the expectation we would be
receiving a significant piece of free public infrastructure along with
any new casino. Council was merely indicating its willingness to
entertain proposals that would be considered individually, while
retaining the requirement to be "approved by council."
Further, the 2012 council added a caveat to the report sent to the OLG
stating there was "latent interest in seeing what amenities might be
leveraged as part of this opportunity" and that "council has not
adopted an official position on the question of the location for a new
Council intention is verified by the actual legislation, O.Reg.81/12,
which clearly states that public consultations and a supporting council
resolution should occur after there is a "proposed site." We did not
have a proposed site until June 10, 2017.
The bottom line is, the 2012 council had no intention, or legal right,
to automatically grant approval to any future proposal from the OLG.
Present council has disregarded O Reg. 81/12 completely by not
convening public consultations or passing a site-specific resolution of
Adding to this distortion of process, city planning staff recently
recommended the council planning committee accept the proposed new
casino application, which is not surprising, considering they chose to
disregard "soci-economic concerns" in their determination.
How can these important concerns be disregarded when they are
entrenched in the provincial policy statements and our Official Plan,
which are the two key legal documents guiding planning approvals?
There are many opposed to this casino/arena development in our
community with a variety of concerns including economic, cultural,
social and environmental issues. The environmental concerns include the
very real prospect of Lake Ramsey becoming a dead lake resulting from
increased salt contamination with the "level of concern" presently at
Did the 2012 resolution remove the right of citizens to express their
concerns, including questioning the logic of adding thousands of
additional parking spaces to lands within the Lake Ramsey watershed?
The various opposition groups are now consolidating their efforts to
increase the chances of stopping this development. In preparation for
our appeal, we have commissioned an economic report, planning reports,
legal opinions and have retained legal council. We are ready to act
following the city council decision on April 10, through Local Planning
Appeal Tribunal submissions to the Ontario Municipal Board.
As for funding, along with a separate legal fund campaign for
businesses, (which has raised $160,000 of its $250,000 goal), we are
asking the citizens of Sudbury to contribute. A
campaign was launched this weekend to encourage individual citizens to
contribute to the legal appeal. While the Local Planning Appeal
Tribunal process is simple, the preparation of the appeal has been
extensive, and it is likely the appeals will result in hearings.
Mr. Melanson should understand these efforts do not constitute "an
abuse of the system". They are the very reason the appeal system
Tom Fortin - April 3, 2018
Further, here is a
6 minute video
of the presentation to the Planning Committee outlining our concerns in
relation to PPS, and our official Plan, on March 26th, 2018.
Our legal council is Gordon Petch of
Chambers in Oakville, Ontario.
About the Campaign
The Ontario Ministry of Finance ( via the OLG ) has publically stated that a casino must have the support of the
host community in order to proceed.
The Casino Free Sudbury campaign provides the
opportunity to area businesses to let the Minister of Finance know;
"We believe a full casino is not in the best interests of the
City of Greater Sudbury and demand a moratorium be placed on any
expansion of casino type gambling facilities in our community. This includes,
changes in size, location, or type of gambling activities. "
We need you, as a business owner, or
charity operator, to endorse this message by signing an endorsement
letter. Let us be the collective voice of businesses in Sudbury
regarding the casino development.
endorsement letter is
confidential and we will make no public disclosure of your
Your endorsement letter will be used for lobbying
purposes with The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Greater Sudbury
Mayor and council, and the Ontario Minister of Finance.
NOTE: There is an option on the endorsement letter
to allow use of your logo on the web page, mailings and
advertisements. If you feel strongly about this issue, please
consider this option as it will help in recruiting other
businesses.No matter what type
of business you own, how small or large, profit, not-for-profit, or
every business in our community will be affected if a full casino is
built in our city. Take the time to review the
CasinoFACTS and Endorse the Campaign.
How Did We
On May 15, 2012, the City of Greater Sudbury council passed a resolution to endorse the City of Greater Sudbury as a willing host for a new full casino. The resolution was passed without public consultation and following the resolution, public statements by the city touted the increased revenue to the city, and the prospect of a large piece of public infrastructure ( paid for by the casino) as reasons for their support.
The city did later hold a public information form and conduct
an on-line survey, however, no objective data on the effect of casinos
in remote locations was presented. A pdf of the presentation is available
The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has never provided
its members with objective data concerning casinos. It supports the
development of a full casino in Sudbury.
Note: We do not advocate for those business owners who disagree
with the position of the chamber in this matter to cancel their
membership. A strong and representative chamber is important
to the community. Also, as a member it gives us a voice in
influencing chamber positions on this, and other issues.
The bottom Line...
There has been no investigation, or presentation of objective data concerning the effect a full casino would have on our community.
This campaign is about giving local business an opportunity to
express their concerns about the effects a full casino will have on