The motion passed by city council Wednesday is a turn-around from last week when the city’s finance committee voted to single out Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only acceptable location for a casino.
Mayor Jim Watson calls this new motion a “compromise.”
He says it would protect the slots at the Rideau Carleton Raceway and add 21 gaming tables, while allowing people like Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to bid on a second casino to be built in a different location.
The move sends the casino debate back to the finance committee, which will hold a special meeting on Aug. 26 to deal with the issue.
Coun. Tim Tierney, who moved the new motion, admits the casino process has been a “mess” but says he thinks adding another gaming zone could solve the problem.
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