07/21/2004 11:00PM

Hastings slots approved

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Purses at Hastings are expected to rise significantly following the decision of Vancouver City Council to allow slots at Hastings. After three days of heated public hearings Council voted 6-5 in favor of the application.

It's been over a year and a half since Woodbine Entertainment Group submitted the application but Council put off dealing with the issue until they had finished a visioning process regarding the Hastings Park site, where the racetrack is located. Citing frustration with both the Provincial and Municipal government, WEG sold Hastings to the Great Canadian Casino Corporation and Peter Wall.

Hastings will still have to go through the development permit process, and that will take at least six months.