Slots at Kawartha Downs will re­main open

Some wor­ried mo­ments af­ter Face­book post­ing stated doors would close Sun­day night

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JOELLE KO­VACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer joelle.ko­vach @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Shore­lines Slots at Kawartha Downs will re­main open af­ter the new casino on Craw­ford Dr. in Peter­bor­ough opens at 5 p.m. on Mon­day, an of­fi­cial con­firmed.

Rui Brum, a spokesman for On­tario Lottery and Gam­ing, stated in an email the slots “will be re­tained” at Kawartha Downs, fol­low­ing an agree­ment forged over the Thanks­giv­ing week­end be­tween the Downs and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

The Downs was fac­ing clo­sure be­cause the last sched­uled horse races took place in Septem­ber and the slots were all ex­pected re­moved by the time Shore­lines Casino Peter­bor­ough opens on Mon­day evening.

The Downs had re­jected an of­fer from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to keep 150 slot ma­chines; gen­eral man­ager Orazio Va­lente told The Ex­am­iner last week it was be­cause they needed 250 slots to stay afloat fi­nan­cially.

But then on Satur­day, the deal was ac­cepted and Va­lente said the Downs would re­main open. He didn’t men­tion whether the of­fer from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment was enhanced; he said he was bound by a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment to say noth­ing.

Labour Min­is­ter Lau­rie Scott, the MPP for Hal­ibur­ton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock rid­ing, which in­cludes Fraserville, said Tues­day that the deal is for 150 slot ma­chines to re­main.

Mean­while on Thurs­day there was a Face­book post­ing on the page of Shore­lines Slots at Kawartha Downs not­ing that the Downs would close its doors on Sun­day night, just be­fore mid­night, to fi­nal­ize its move to Shore­lines Casino Peter­bor­ough — and that more “di­rec­tion” was ex­pected from OLG soon, re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the Downs.

But that no­tice was re­moved from Face­book late Thurs­day af­ter­noon, and Brum ad­vised The Ex­am­iner by email that the slots will stay at Kawartha Downs, “pur­suant to the an­nounce­ment made by the prov­ince.”

“There has been no change in this re­gard.”

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