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Manitoba Casino Not Worried About Smoking Ban

16 August 2006

BROKENHEAD OJIBWAY NATION, Manitoba – As reported by the Winnipeg Sun: "South Beach Casino's popularity and success wouldn't be threatened if a provincial smoking ban were extended to First Nations, the chairman of the native-run casino says.

"The casino on Highway 59 would continue to thrive if puffers were forced to butt out because fewer than 10% of its total patrons are smokers, said Furlon Barker, head of South Beach's governing board.

"…However, the casino will do what is necessary to protect its smoker-friendly status, Barker said.

"Casino officials are waiting on the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and province to act on a judge's decision Monday to strike down the section that exempts First Nations from provincial smoking legislation.

"…South Beach is on Brokenhead Ojibway Nation land in Scanterbury, about 60 km north of Winnipeg.

"It is operated by an ownership group of seven First Nations and is one of two native-run casinos in Manitoba…"

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