The District of Saanich won't be home to our region's second casino.
After being approached by the BC Lottery Corp., Saanich council decided to take a closer look at the pros and cons of the revenue-generator. Responses from Saanichites appears to have tipped the decision to decline.
“The cons would be around money laundering, the deleterious effects of gambling addiction on a family, etc.," Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes told the Times Colonist. "The pros would be the economic-development side around entertainment, hotels.”
A casino would have brought in up to $3 million per year for the municipality, but ultimately wasn't the right fit for the community.