Flamborough’s economic health experienced a couple of major developments over the past couple of days.
First, it was announced that the provincial government and St. Marys Cement had reached a $15 million settlement that will result in the final ‘nail in the coffin’ for the proposed Mountsberg quarry. Graham Flint – the chair of FORCE (Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment) and the treasurer of the FCC BOD – played a major role in quashing the controversial project.
It was also announced that the Ontario Lottery Corporation (OLG) has successfully negotiated a new lease with the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation that will see the OLG slots remain at Flamboro Downs for the foreseeable future (at least until the proponent and site for a new casino somewhere in the greater Hamilton area is determined and developed).
Finally – while uncertainty remains – it also appears the province is determined to keep some form of horse racing in Ontario alive. While the new model will be smaller, it appears the province is ready to help maintain the industry’s longterm financial viability.