City councillor takes issue with Regional Chair comments

A Niagara Falls councillor taking issue with recent comments over the impact the OLG modernization process could have on the city's two casinos.

Carolynn Ioannoni says Regional Chair Alan Caslin references a study on the process saying one of the casinos would close, which Ioannoni says is not included in the third party report.

Concerns have been raised that the process could mean up to 1400 jobs lost.

Ioannoni says she has read as much as she could online about the Request for Proposal and it includes two bundles, which is the two casinos.

Monday the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation issued the RFP for parties interested in becoming the new operators of the two facilities.

Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and Caslin, along with local MPP's, then went to Queen's Park to air their concerns over being shut out of the process.

In a release, the OLG says it will not release any details on who has been pre-qualified to bid for the job.

Gaming officials also say there will be no further communication about the RFP until the selected service provider is announced next summer.

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