A broad ecumenical coalition of churches and Christian leaders brought a delegation to city council on Thursday, February 14. The churches want to tell the city's decision-makers that a casino in downtown Hamilton is inconsistent with the vision we have of a city that is growing, vibrant, healthy, just and caring.
The churches also reminded our civic leaders that their first responsibility is toward the most vulnerable who live in our city. The social consequences of a casino located in downtown Hamilton would be devestating to many individuals and families.
The message, which was presented by Fr. David Anderson, who brought this coalition together, was generally well-received by members of council.
In the end, however, the council vote left the door open to a potential downtown sight. Councillor McHattie observed that the downtown had been "thrown under the bus."
February 11, 2013