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#621 Cassidy

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 11:54 AM

so I see view royal has a dj every Friday a music bingo night and a comedy night.
hardly the big acts they thought their venue would bring.

These casino meeting rooms being sold as "theaters" in order to get casino expansion plans approved by local governments are in reality - just another iteration of the legendary 95 cent Shrimp Cocktail.



#622 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 12:54 PM

so I see view royal has a dj every Friday a music bingo night and a comedy night.

 

 

none of that anymore.

 

there is a bryan adams tribute coming at the d end of september for $40 but it appears only 8 tickets are sold so far.



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:10 PM

The only reason I know of anyone going to the VR casino is the lobster/prime rib Friday dinner specials. And the few folks I know who go there even for that reason are the type who are, shall we say, 'thrifty' with their $......


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#624 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 09:41 AM

The B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has reached out to Saanich to discuss bringing a casino to the municipality.

On March 11, Saanich received a letter from the BCLC explaining that, in accordance with interest expressed in 2016, the lottery corporation hopes to discuss the potential of bringing a “gaming and entertainment facility” to the District.

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In 2016, the BCLC short-listed Saanich and Victoria for a new south Island casino. A year later, the BCLC announced Victoria was the preferred municipality to host the region’s second gaming facility. At the time, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps called this “good news,” but later announced Victoria was no longer interested in having a casino. Helps cited concerns about drugs and money laundering.

 

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Despite it being too early for Haynes to speculate about a specific location for a potential casino, he expects that proximity to the Elements Casino would be taken into consideration. This means it would be unlikely that the new gaming facility would be built near Uptown Shopping Centre, he said, despite a 2016 report indicating the mall would be the ideal location. Haynes pointed out that the casino would need to be located further east.

 

https://www.vicnews....ds-for-saanich/

 

 

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(don't read the full article though it has some of the elements you'd like to avoid)

 

anyway "further east" seems interesting but does it make sense?  shelbourne plaza area?

 

how about mt. tolmie?  "canada's first cliffiside casino"  lose big just throw yourself off the edge.

 

maybe it could replace planet organic.

 

oh haynes says a hotel complex too.  well university heights then.  or cadboro bay.  it could be cadborosaurus-themed.

 

how about on the royal oak golf course land?  those neighbours be careful what you wish for!

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 18 March 2020 - 09:47 AM.


#625 Nparker

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 10:09 AM

 

nparker welcome in this thread

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#626 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 10:18 AM

haynes says not near uptown but i can't help think the lottery corp wants it handy to the tourists of victoria still. 

 

the red lion basement space now needs a tenant.  hotel already included.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 18 March 2020 - 10:18 AM.


#627 Nparker

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 10:34 AM

And then there's the vacant Mayfair Lanes site...


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#628 Matt R.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 11:34 AM

:banana:


Omg did you find something Nparker actually *likes*?!

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#629 Nparker

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 11:40 AM

...did you find something Nparker actually *likes*?

Nparker likes LOTS of things...unfortunately no one is posting any of those subjects on VV these days.


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#630 Spy Black

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:55 PM

In the eyes of the B.C. Lotteries Corp, all casinos in B.C. are essentially destination attractions, places people drive to.

As a result, they don't really focus on the specific location, rather they look at how effective a location is at bringing in potentially new customers from the surrounding area.

 

Someplace that fits the bill perfectly in Victoria, and is flush with mini-malls just waiting to be torn down is Jubilee.

 

And before you say that Jubilee isn't in Saanich, this building is in Saanich:

https://www.google.c...!7i13312!8i6656



#631 lanforod

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 09:00 PM

I'd think they would want to keep it by a major road or highway. Pretty much every major casino is. Uptown makes way too much sense to me, current casino location aside. Otherwise further north or east; Shelbourne corridor or Royal Oak area (though I can't really think of a specific spot in Royal Oak; pretty sure the golf course won't happen :).



#632 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 03:13 AM

I'd think they would want to keep it by a major road or highway. Pretty much every major casino is. Uptown makes way too much sense to me, current casino location aside. Otherwise further north or east; Shelbourne corridor or Royal Oak area (though I can't really think of a specific spot in Royal Oak; pretty sure the golf course won't happen :).

 

the broadmead centre might support it.

 

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#633 Spy Black

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 07:20 AM

Broadmead and Royal Oak are, generally speaking, only a tad further away from the View Royal casino than Uptown is, just via different roads.

 

Based on the Lottery Corp's apparent aversion to proximity, I doubt they'd choose either location.



#634 Jackerbie

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 07:32 AM

Why not throw it in the fields behind the Elk Lake rowing centre? Sure, you'd have to remove the park designation, but that shouldn't be too hard for a Crown corporation 


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#635 Spy Black

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 07:40 AM

Elk and Beaver Lake parks are owned by the CRD, not the Province or Saanich.

The CRD tends to protect their parks with a rabid passion, and I doubt they'd ever even come to the table to discuss removal of parkland in favour of a massive casino!

 

For those that can recall the time when Elk Lake was basically surrounded by lakeside cabins and cottages, the complete absence of such today demonstrates the lengths the CRD went to in order to remove anything and everything that wasn't "natural" to the park, with the possible exception of the filter beds, rowing club, and the dam (and of course a bunch of parking lots for folks to drive to in order to access that "nature").


Edited by Spy Black, 19 March 2020 - 07:40 AM.


#636 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 07:43 AM

The CRD tends to protect their parks with a rabid passion, and I doubt they'd ever even come to the table to discuss removal of parkland in favour of a massive casino!

 

that's why you invite them to the blackjack table with lots of free drinks!  loosen them stiffs up a bit.

 

also demand for touchless casino chips is about to rise.  buy shares.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 19 March 2020 - 07:44 AM.

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#637 G-Man

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 05:50 PM

I am betting they have made a deal with the developers of Uni Heights and that is why it pulled the previous application. 


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#638 Mike K.

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 08:47 PM

I am betting they have made a deal with the developers of Uni Heights and that is why it pulled the previous application.


I can confirm that is not the case. The previous application was not the right way to proceed and the proposal has changed quite considerably, but there won’t be a casino on the property.

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#639 magmazing

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 01:34 AM

University Heights would be a really stupid place for a casino. A middle school is across the street and a high school and UVic practically down the street. 



#640 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 02:17 AM

casinos near schools is not harmful. hiding adult things from kids has never been a “solution”.

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