Casino to attract youth?

The idea of attracting young families to our area and building a casino seem to be strongly intertwined.

Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Kim Burden might not have intentionally done this, but the idea of attracting young families to our area and building a casino seem to be strongly intertwined.

With that in mind, I let my imagination go wild and conjured up all kinds of farcical fancies. I saw nursing mothers with cigarettes hanging from their lips, furiously pulling on the one-armed bandit whilst infants peacefully nursed at their bosom. I saw toddlers deep in concentration over the poker table, and instead of mulling over cell phones, teenagers are holed up in the back room their eagle eyes trained on the monitors for card-cheating moms and dads.

Pre-teens are busy too, as they roll the wheel at the blackjack table or cruise the aisles, security mikes in their ears. And granny, what are you doing swinging up there on the chandeliers?

Sorry, just couldn’t resist. Now back to serious council business.

Liz Roy


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