With all this talk these days about casinos and money laundering, I thought you might be interested to know how much cash the city collected over the last five years from Parq Vancouver and Hastings Racecourse.

I thought you’d also like to know where some of the mayoral candidates stand on the relationship between casinos and collecting revenue that is relied upon to help fund the city’s budget.

A lot to digest here, but I’ll do my best to make it interesting.

Here we go…

As the headline on this piece notes, the city’s cut of casino revenue was $45 million between 2013 and 2017. I got that information after filing a request via the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

I didn’t really have to go that route because the information is available in the annual reports of the B.C. government’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.

But I decided to follow through with the FOI request out of principle, knowing that in previous years the city would turn over the information almost immediately after I asked for it.

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Mike Howell – Vancouver Courier – October 3, 2018.

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