The Grey Eagle Casino has only been open for a short time, but they are treading on dangerous waters. The casino is operating without a contract for fire and ambulance services.
The Tsuu T’ina Nation is the owners and operators of the casino. They have an agreement with the city of Calgary for the rest of their reservation, but not the casino.
The Nation believes that Calgary will respond quickly enough should anything catastrophic happen. “The Tsuu T’ina Nation and the city of Calgary enjoy a longstanding history of mutual co-operation regarding emergency response,” said Chief Sandford Big Plume.
It is not that the Nation does not want the emergency unit response. It is clear they do, but Calgary is unable to provide the service due to lack of manpower.
“We have been asked by a number of external customers, including the Tsuu T’ina to provide more services to meet their growing needs. At this point, given the challenges we have to keep up with growth within our jurisdiction, we’re not in a position to take further contracts,” said Mayor Dave Bronconnier.
The size of the casino further complicates the issue. Several fire trucks would be needed to be dispersed to the casino. In addition, twelve firefighters would be needed.
Gambling Rehabilitation Center Opposed By Residents in Virginia
Problem gambling can come in many forms and sizes. It can hit the best of us. even the most adamant of supporters must agree that gambling could become a problem if not carefully watched.
Those same supporters will point to educating and having the proper rehab centers available should the gambling addiction afflict people. In Virginia, residents are opposing a potential rehab center.
Residents in Corolla are outraged at the potential of a rehab center that would provide help for problem gamblers, alcohol, and drugs. Most would welcome a place like that to their area.
The Mychal Institute, has not been so lucky in this area. Residents are taking issue to the center, saying that it will bring sex and drug addicts to their town.
“It has become a highly emotional issue. I don’t care if a rock star or a U.S. Senator went there, I wouldn’t want them in my neighborhood,” said Chairman of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, Barry Nelms.
He was responding to the fact that it might be a wealthy clientele that checks into the rehab center. The center does not take Medicaid, Medicare, or insurance. Checking into the center could cost up to $60,000 a month. Clearly, the center is targeting high end clients with addiction problems.
The center, no matter how much opposition it receives, should have no problem opening. The only requirements are that which are laid out on the application. The company has met all of those requirements.