June 17, 2024
We're losers in Ontario's lottery payout
Ontarians are sold on the lottery and other gambling in the province as being run by a government agency to better our communities. Right now, the balance appears to be off and it looks like OLG is there to benefit the people at the top, not the ones buying the tickets.
Ontarians are sold on the lottery and other gambling in the province as being run by a government agency to better our communities. Right now, the balance appears to be off and it looks like OLG is there to benefit the people at the top, not the ones buying the tickets.

Something is rotten with the state of lotteries in Ontario.

We have an organization in this province, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., tasked with running lotteries and casinos all to generate revenue for the province. The sad part is that while revenues went up for OLG last year, by a substantial margin, profits to pay for hospitals and other community ventures went down.

Don’t worry though, the people earning big bucks at the top of the organization kept growing.

The number of people from OLG appearing on the annual Sunshine List of civil servants earning more than $100,000 a year has grown by almost 50% over the past few years. When President and CEO Stephen Rigby was appointed to head up the organization in January, 2015, there were 286 people on the Sunshine List. There are now at least 418 people on the list.

I say at least because under Rigby, the executive ranks of OLG continue to swell. The man, who previously worked as a career civil servant for the federal government, has styled himself as if he is a minister running his own department.

Rigby now has his own chief of staff, much like government ministers, plus his own communications team and other support staff around him, rather than relying on people that serve the whole organization. A recent job posting for a “special advisor” sought a person who would be, “responsible for developing the President & CEO’s communications products and material, conducting research, and providing stakeholder management and other support for the operations of the President & CEO’s office.”

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See Also:

(1) Health care workers call on Doug Ford government to reinstate paid sick days

(2) Ontario high school teachers vote ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour of strike action

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