Honking big casino in downtown Vancouver raises many questions for councillors

Councillors are about to vote right now on sending Vancouver’s super-jumbo casino to public hearing.

But they have a few questions about its future operation: Money-laundering. How much money will go to non-profits, who were promised 33 per cent of the profits in a time long ago and now only get 10 per cent. Is it a good thing or a bad thing, in general? (Suzanne Anton said she would have liked to see more assessment of this in the staff report.) Who will pay for the policing? What impact will it have on the city’s other casinos. (Some of those are outlined in my story in today’s Globe.)

They’re not going to vote against holding the public hearing. But they will be talking at length about wanting answers to those questions as it unrolls.

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