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Support Ontario racing through new website
Friday, March 02, 2012 - from the OHRIA

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Toronto, ON--The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association has been overwhelmed by the support it has been receiving from industry members and the general public over the last two weeks in response to its efforts to protect the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program.

“Phones in our office are ringing off the hooks. We are receiving hundreds of emails a day,” said Sue Leslie, president of the OHRIA. “We wanted to create a single industry-wide website to allow individuals to tell the government how they feel, while providing a one-stop shop for folks to stay up to date on our activities."

OHRIA has been busy working with industry members, the general public and government to ensure there is a greater understanding of the Slots at Racetrack Program before the provincial budget is announced.

“We were gravely concerned when Minister Duncan suggested that ending the Slots at Racetrack program would save the government $345 million dollars. The government’s own numbers show that the program actually generates $1.1 billion for the government,” said Leslie.

The website contains factual information about the OLG Slots at Racetrack Program, shares the industry’s economic impact and importance to Ontario’s rural economy, and gives citizens tools to engage the government of Ontario by email with the click of a button.

“We are very happy to provide all concerned Ontarians with a web-based tool that makes emailing all 107 MPPs as easy as typing in your name, e-mail address and postal code,” said Leslie. “We expect thousands of Ontarians will share their views using this feature.”

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