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Lottery limitations relaxed by city council

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The city of Dryden is relaxing its lottery licensing policies to include organizations from outside the community.

The changes come after city councillors took exception to a report put forth at the April 11 Committee of the Whole meeting, suggesting that the city disallow organizations from outside the community to sell any form of lottery tickets within the Dryden city limits if the proceeds did not benefit the city.

The new resolution states the lottery licensing agents for the City of Dryden may grant approval to organizations from other communities to sell their tickets in the community as long as they hold a valid lottery licence from their own municipality or the province.

Council did not agree with the unwritten rules taking place with city staff regarding the refusal of permission for outside organizations, commenting that the city community consists of much more than just city limits and includes Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Ear Falls and Red Lake.

“The decision gets made to purchase or not purchase a ticket on an individual basis and if they choose not to purchase it, then so be it. If they choose to allocate their funds to a local charity versus one from Ignace or another community, so be it,” said councillor Mike Wood at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The issue was raised in council following a complaint from residents and council of the town of Ignace following the Ignace youth bowling league being denied permission to sell fundraising tickets within the city limits of Dryden.

By Ally Dunham


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