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Ontario accused of discriminating against native casinos

23 October 2007

TORONTO, Ontario -- As reported by the Canadian Press: "The province is discriminating against a northern aboriginal charitable casino by not allowing it to offer card tables, NDP Leader Howard Hampton said Monday as he called on the Ontario government to restart negotiations aimed at sharing gambling revenues with aboriginal communities.

"Chief Ken Skead, from the Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, and the community's lawyer will be at the Ontario legislature Tuesday to pressure the province to allow for the casino's expansion.

"The Golden Eagle Charitable Casino just outside Kenora is only allowed to offer a limited set of games while other charitable casinos which were granted licences at the same time have been allowed to expand, Hampton said.

"...Gambling rights and revenues for aboriginal communities have been in limbo since the province's previous offer to share $2.5 billion in gambling revenue over the next 20 years was voted down by aboriginal chiefs in the summer..."

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