Ask Mayor Dianne Watts and Surrey City Council to respect the wishes of the community and deny Gateway a gambling license for the proposed South Surrey Casino.
The City of Surrey’s own report shows that 83.5% of Surrey residents oppose the proposed South Surrey casino and entertainment complex. Within 5 kms of the complex, the number opposed goes up to an overwhelming 94.3% opposed.
The residents of Surrey clearly do not want this casino!
According to a recent Toronto Board of Health Report, casinos raise significant public health concerns and cause a major increase in gambling addictions. Increased crime, lower property values, loss of our unique community feel, and increased social issues could be the future for South Surrey in exchange for the $3 Million that Gateway claims Surrey will receive each year. That boils down to just $23 per household. Would you be willing to accept $23 in exchange for more crime and poverty down the street from where you live? No, of course not. However that is exactly what BCLC and Gateway are asking Surrey Tax Payers to accept. It is a bad deal for Surrey and it is a bad deal for the community. Just say NO to this proposed South Surrey Casino.
Let’s make sure we have the numbers we need to send the right message to City Hall in time for the January 14th Public Hearing. Show the Mayor and Surrey City Council that Marvin Hunt got it right when he voted to deny Gateway a Casino Gaming License at the December 10th Land Use Committee meeting.
Surrey does not want this proposed South Surrey Casino. Sign the petition now!
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Gambling has expanded in BC at a rapid rate without sufficient public oversight on its impact to society or to the economy. This casino puts South Surrey and White Rock at significant risk of losing the unique community atmosphere that drew so many to the area, lowering property values, increasing crime, and causing many social problems including gambling addiction, suicides, traffic congestion, impaired driving, disturbing the peace, drug possession, loan sharking, and money laundering as reported by the RCMP in other municipalities such as Richmond.
According to a recent Toronto Board of Health report, casinos raise significant public health concerns and cause a major increase in problem and pathological gambling by providing easy access to a gambling facility. The impact of their gambling extends to their families and community police and health services. We risk an increase in criminal, social and health problems and the loss of community identity and property values. Gateway has shrewdly chosen a spot with close access to three statistically vulnerable populations: seniors, Aboriginals, and 19- and 20-year old youths from the USA, as well as our area, who will be drawn in from the across the border by the lure of legal access to alcohol and gambling. The B.C. Government study shows that a new casino would not produce a significant economic benefit for Surrey and that the possibility exists for a net outflow of money from the local community.
The $3 Million that Gateway claims Surrey will receive each year boils down to just $23 per household. Would you be willing to accept $23 in exchange for more crime and poverty down the street from where you live? No, of course not! But that is exactly what BCLC and Gateway are asking Surrey Tax Payers to accept. It is a bad deal for Surrey and it is a bad deal for the community.
Just say NO to this proposed South Surrey Casino!