The Vancouver Observer has undertaken an excellent series of articles on the proposed Edgewater Casino expansion, irregularities in the process, the problem with a massive casino in a downtown core, and other related issues and questions.
Here are the articles, in chronological order, and the Observer says there are more to come:
August 26, 2010 New Edgewater Casino at BC Place will doubling gambling in the city: does it have to happen?
Sept 15 Vancouver to have one last chance to weigh in on proposal for BC’s largest casino
October 14 Provincial-backed casino requires City approval, but can City say no?
October 14 Community service and arts groups ask City to intervene in gaming development
Nov 4 BC Place casino proposal: lack of independent fairness advisor raises questions
Nov 4 Province made an “exceptionally” fast decision on BC Place casino, says NDP critic Spencer Chandra Herbert
Nov 7 Isn’t it kind of strange that Vancouver would have a super-sized casino downtown? by Emily Barca and Linda Solomon
Dec 1 Casino expansion at B.C. Place may lead to increase in organized crime activity, sources say by Emily Barca
Dec 2 Will B.C. casinos’ bad record on money laundering get worse at B.C. Place casino?
Dec 3 False Creek Residents Association votes against BC Place casino
Feb 7, 2011, 2011 Inside Edgewater Casino by Emily Barca
Feb 9, Paragon of Haste by Ian Reid
Feb 20, More compelling reasons not to bank on casino revenue
Feb 16, The road to Paragon by Ian Reid
Feb 16, Province made an “exceptionally” fast decision on BC Place casino, says NDP critic Spencer Chandra Herbert
March 7, A battle long brewing comes to a head tonight at City Hall
Live blogging the casino public hearing at City Council
March 9, Menke confirms PavCo partnership began four years ago
March 11, COPE calls on Premier Designate Clark to de-link casino expansion from social services
March 14, Live blogging the casino public hearing at City Council, Day 3
March 16, PavCo’s story gets fishier
April 6, Gambling addict makes mess in casino
April 8, Did Rich Coleman tell the truth about BCLC and Paragon?
April 8, Blunderdome: politics, positioning and a costly retractable roof
April 8, Insular megacasino would add no value to Vancouver’s downtown businesses by Peter Busby and Penny Gurstein
•• April 8, Vancouver Observer, Blunderdome: politics, positioning and a costly retractable roof
April 11, Vancouver Observer, Vancouver, Not Vegas press release: Offering fewer slots is a sign of casino’s desperation
April 12, Vancouver Observer (Ian Reid), Paragon’s place at the BC Liberal table