Casino group willing to put money on Chilliwack Bingo Association

The proposed sale of the Chilliwack Bingo Association to the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has not been approved by either board of the two organizations, Roy Fraser, chairman of the Chilliwack association, said Monday.

The proposed sale of the Chilliwack Bingo Association to the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has not been approved by either board of the two organizations, Roy Fraser, chairman of the Chilliwack association, said Monday.

“It’s a proposal,” he said, adding that he could not comment further because of a confidentiality agreement.

But Fraser did say a reported $1.5 million sale price is “ridiculous.”

Why the five-acre property the CBA bought on Young Road to build a new community gaming centre was up for sale in the first place remains an unanswered question for now.

City council approved building the proposed Chances community gaming centre by a narrow 4-3 vote in September, 2009.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz and Coun. Chuck Stam were unavailable for comment Monday.

But former city councillor Diane Janzen, now running for federal election in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, said she would be “very interested in seeing how exactly” the 55 non-profit organizations that locally managed the Chilliwack bingo hall would be impacted by the proposed sale to the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

“I strongly supported those organizations, and I want to see them continue to receive funding,” she said, but voted against the gaming centre in 2009.

“My position was, and continues to be, I was opposed to the expansion of gambling,” she said, because of her concern about the “addiction aspects” of gambling.

“The last thing on Earth our community needed was more of it,” she said.

Janzen also said Chilliwack residents were “misinformed” about the benefits of the gaming centre, saying the funds raised locally do not stay in the community, but are sent to Victoria where they are allocated according to applications made by the various community groups.

“The money for local charities does not come locally, it comes from Victoria,” she said.

Monday’s joint news release issued by the CBA and the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation said the purchase agreement will include the CBA’s existing bingo operation and the five-acre site in Chilliwack.

Ross McLeod, Great Canadian’s CEO, said the purchase will give the corporation “an opportunity to service a growing and under-serviced market” with a “high-quality gaming facility for this municipality.”

Fraser said in the news release that the agreement ensures that Chilliwack charities will continue to receive the “millions of dollars” raised in the past, but will also “create a significant opportunity for an even greater level of contribution to our community.”

Great Canadian operates 10 casinos in Canada, including the River Rock casino/resort in Richmond, two community gaming centres, including one in Maple Ridge, and four racetracks.

More information about the Chilliwack gaming centre will be announced on May 12, according to the release.

rfreeman@theprogress.com

Just Posted

Bail denied for alleged Chilliwack firearm thief convicted of similar crime in Alberta

Andrew Scott Charpentier charged with numerous offences after guns seized from Reece Avenue address

Figures reveal spike in highway traffic jams between Abbotsford and Langley

Nearly one in 20 westbound vehicles between Abbotsford and Langley clocked at under 60 km/h

Taser takedown in Chilliwack complex after incident gets violent

Male suspect became agitated under questioning and repeatedly punched an officer

Agassiz man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Young Chilliwack singer launches career with French classic

Deanne Ratzlaff performs as featured vocalist in La Vie en Rose in Chilliwack, London and Paris

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

No estimated time for opening

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

Man with gunshot wound walks into Langley hospital

Injury suffered in Surrey incident, police believe

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Most Read