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Players protest end of bingo at Minoru

Thursday night bingo players show their support, objecting the city’s recent decision to end the event. From left to right, Georgina Hamilton, Fred Powell, Shirley Prosser and Aileen Doyle. - Jacqueline Langen
Thursday night bingo players show their support, objecting the city’s recent decision to end the event. From left to right, Georgina Hamilton, Fred Powell, Shirley Prosser and Aileen Doyle.
— image credit: Jacqueline Langen

Bingo players continue to protest a decision to disband a den of daubers at Minoru Place Activity Centre.

Georgina Hamilton said they planned to protest yesterday outside Richmond City Hall, following the cancellation of a long-running twice-weekly unlicensed bingo game last month.

Centre operators say they cancelled the program due to a drop in attendance and the discovery the game—previously exempt from provincial gaming rules—needed a licence.

Hamilton said the players are proposing a game with less impact on the centre: one bingo game per week in the cafeteria by donation. That, she said, would free up the main hall and avoid the need for a licence.

She said about 40 players are losing out on their weekly fun, and games in neighbouring cities are either too infrequent, too small or too far away.

City spokesperson Ted Townsend said the players’ proposal is being reviewed by the Minoru Seniors Society.

“The decision to end the bingo program was taken by the Minoru Seniors Society board, based on their lengthy review of demand and need. The board makes decisions on programming priorities at the centre on behalf of their membership,” he said.

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