CRE is Opposed to Possible Relocation of Camrose Casino

August 10, 2022

Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis
Senior Manager, Inspections Gaming
50 Corriveau Avenue
St. Albert, AB T8N 3T5
Email: Inspections.Mailbox@aglc.ca

RE: Public Notice of proposed relocation of Camrose Casino, currently located at 3201-48 Avenue, Camrose to the proposed relocation address to 420 Parson Road SW, Edmonton.

Please accept this letter as an official submission stating to AGLC the position of being opposed to the proposed relocation of Camrose Casino to the address location indicated above.

Camrose Regional Exhibition & Agricultural Society respectfully requests the AGLC Board to carefully consider the areas of concerns as indicated below and vote against approving the proposed relocation of Camrose Casino and stopping any further progression from Step 2 (Community Support). Camrose Regional Exhibition & Agricultural Society is a major creditor of Mayfield Investments Ltd. that has been trying to recoup funds lent to them in
approximately 2006 to build the Camrose Casino.

  1. Camrose Regional Exhibition & Agricultural Society (CRE) was one of the primary funders of the Camrose Casino lending funds to Mayfield Investment Ltd. (Mayfield). In 2015 a settlement agreement was reached between CRE and Mayfield that outlined repayment to CRE for the original loaned funds. Commencing in April 2020, Mayfield defaulted in its payment obligations to CRE. Mayfield has made only two payments to CRE since that default in April of 2020, and a substantial amount remains owing by Mayfield to CRE. We are questioning whether AGLC was made aware of all legal filings as part of the full disclosure that would be necessary for the
    licensee to present as part of their business plan presentations.
  2. There are many rural groups that host “Casino Events” at the Camrose Casino to fund their rural charities. Camrose Regional Exhibition & Agricultural Society had a clause grandfathered in with AGLC protecting their “Casino” event that would usually run on the CRE grounds during BVJ and instead it was protected at the Camrose Casino location. These funds are vital to the ongoing operation of our Agricultural Society to pay utilities and fund repairs to our operational equipment. No one from AGLC has contacted CRE regarding this clause to ensure that it would continue at the proposed location. After 2 years of barely surviving the COVID closures
    financially, the CRE is dependent on these funds for continued operation of it’s Agricultural Society.
  3. The casino being in Camrose is a great benefit to our rural community. The Camrose Regional Exhibition is an agricultural society (located next door to the casino) that supports agriculture and the rural communities that it serves. In conjunction with the casino and hotel it provides a wonderful product offering for rural Alberta. We need to support our rural communities to ensure their survival into the future. One job in Camrose is the equivalent to 80 in the greater Edmonton area by population. The moving of the casino would cause a loss of jobs and economic spin off for Camrose.
  4. We would respectfully suggest that this application cannot be considered as a relocation. The applicants have not only asked to move it from a rural setting into a large city, but into a completely different market. A relocation should be only considered when in the same market area.
  5. The proposal to relocate a Rural Casino License into an Urban marketplace conflicts with existing AGLC Casino Terms and Conditions and Operating Guidelines (CTCOG):

A casino license relocation to the proposed location has many negative impacts for Camrose Regional Exhibition & Agricultural Society, the Camrose region and many other smaller rural centers outside the Camrose region that hold their approved charitable gaming events at the Camrose Casino.

Considering these substation damaging impacts, we respectfully request this relocation proposal be opposed and denied as a final decision.

Sincerely,

The Board of Directors & Executive Director
Camrose Regional Exhibition & Agricultural Society

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Training Events

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Banquets and Celebrations

Whatever your IT, CRE is ready to host it.  Celebrations and banquets from 25 to 25,000 are welcome at CRE thanks to our experienced staff and fantastic suppliers who pull all the details together so you can focus on celebrating.

 

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Meetings

No matter the size, no matter the set up, CRE has the experience and the staff expertise in house to make your next meeting a success.  From training seminars, to strategy sessions to lunch meetings, CRE has hosted hundreds of meetings in all shapes and sizes with many happy clients. All meeting rooms come with independent Audio/Visual hookups to allow whatever configuration you require.  Thanks to CRE’s unique location on Highway 13 in East Central Alberta, our location and free parking allows attendees from all over to make their way with ease to your next meeting.

 

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Festivals

Every year for the past 27 years, CRE is home to the award winning Big Valley Jamboree that hosts over 20,000 guests. Looking for concert, camping and retail space all ready for your festival with an experienced staff, look no further than CRE.

 

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Consumer Trade Shows

Camrose is home to over 18,000 residents with another 9.000 in the County.  Our catchement area includes over 150,000 people eager to attend unique events with interesting goods and services.

 

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Association Shows and Conferences

Industry Conference – CRE has the unique location for your next Industry Conference.  Only 35 minutes away from the Edmonton International Airport and a thriving business community, we make it easy for your conference success. The unique combinations or indoor and outdoor space available to conference planners will inspire you to create a unique, memorable experience for your attendees.  We have a 40,000 square foot arena to host your tradeshow, three meeting rooms of various sizes and unique outdoor spaces, including a Saloon complete with lighting and audio visual hook-ups.

 

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Agriculture Experience

Livestock Show and Sales – CRE has a proud heritage as an Agricultural Society with our first events being Livestock Shows and Sales.  It is a tradition that continues on today due to our unique location on Highway 13 and facilities that are designed to host Agriculture.  We welcome many livestock shows and sales or various types and would love to host yours as well.

4-H Events – Our commitment to supporting 4-H events is long standing whether it be a 4-H mini show or board meeting.  4-H groups using the CRE automatically qualify for a 50% discount on all facility rentals so contact us today to book your next group event.

Conferences – Agriculture conferences and training are always welcome at CRE.  With our unique location on Highway 13 and our Battle River Trading District catchment area, we can attract attendees from anywhere in East Central Alberta including Saskatchewan.  Agriculture is strong in our area and we would love to work with you to develop your next Agriculture focused conference.

 

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Catering

CRE Catering services, a division of the Camrose Regional Exhibition, serves meals with a service that is second to none.

We have a variety of menu suggestions to choose from. Let us help you make your event a success!

  • Breakfasts
  • Luncheons
  • Classic Buffets
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Desserts
  • Beverage Services

Please contact us for rates & available dates for booking.

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Telephone: 780-672-3640

Email: cre@cre.ab.ca

 

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Rentals

Book one of our many facilities from classrooms to banquet rooms, tradeshow areas, livestock barns or concert areas.

CRE staff is also available to assist your event setup delivery/pickup/set up! Please contact us for rates & available dates for booking.

Facility Rentals

  • Classrooms
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  • Trade Show Areas
  • Livestock Barns
  • Concert Area
  • Decor and equipment rentals

 

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Event Production & Coordination

The Camrose Regional Exhibition events team knows how to produce a large variety of major events and we are available to help you produce yours. Why go it alone when you have a team of experts waiting to lend a helping hand?

Please Contact Us to discuss how we can help you plan your event at the CRE!

 

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Weddings

With your wedding soon approaching, you will be heading into a very busy time in your life. We would like to offer our services to assist your with suggestions for menus, music, photographers, flowers, wedding cakes and any arrangements that will take some of the stress out of planning the most exciting day of your life.

The Camrose Regional Exhibition along with CRE Catering Services would be pleased to offer the following should you book your wedding with us:

  • Room set up and clean up
  • Full meal and beverage services
  • 30 ft. of decorative draping and 3 table skirts per room
  • 10 Decorative silk trees
  • White, Black or Ivory linen tablecloths
  • White, Black or Ivory linen napkins for the head table staging

It would be our pleasure to arrange a convenient time to meet with you to discuss your plans in detail. Please do not hesitate to contact:

 

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