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OLG head office staying in Sault - but how will it change?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012   by: Staff




Orazietti announces OLG head office to remain in Sault Ste. Marie

Province reaffirms commitment to Sault’s economic well-being
SAULT STE. MARIE – David Orazietti, MPP was joined today via video conference with Rod Phillips, president and CEO of Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG), to announce that the OLG head office will remain in Sault Ste. Marie.
“The OLG head office will remain open in the Sault because our government understands the importance of this organization to the economic well-being of the community,” said Orazietti. “We have made historic investments in Sault Ste. Marie since 2003 and we are committed to building on the tremendous progress we have made.”
In February, the Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services by economist Don Drummond recommended the province close one of OLG’s offices in either Sault Ste. Marie or Toronto in one of 362 recommendations to eliminate Ontario’s deficit by 2017.
On March 12, 2012, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and Paul Godfrey, OLG Chairman, presented a plan for modernizing lottery and gaming in Ontario that included maximizing revenue by responding to consumer demands.
“As we move forward with our plan to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario, I’m very pleased that our office in the Sault will continue to play an important role,” said Phillips. “During my first week at OLG I came up to the Sault to meet our dynamic and talented staff. Since then, day after day, the staff continues to exemplify the best of OLG.”
“Since the release of the Drummond Report I have been determined and steadfast in my insistence that the OLG head office remain in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Orazietti. “Moving forward, the province will continue to closely examine every opportunity to further strengthen the Sault's economy."


Earlier coverage of this story

Close one OLG head office - recommendation to government
Loss of OLGC would be devastating to the Sault: Amaroso to McGuinty
EDC writes to McGuinty. Says Sault is the only OLG headquarters location
Time to rally around local OLG employees, says Sheehan
'All told, OLG would be a much smaller organization' - report
Orazietti writes to McGuinty again about OLG's future here
Hundreds lose jobs because of McGuinty's OLG moves: OPSEU
Straight from the OLG's mouth
McGuinty government will decide Lottery Corp's future: OLG president
Sault casino to be privatized: OLG top dog
OLG head office staying in Sault - but how will it change?

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DT_14 3/20/2012 10:59:16 AM Report

AWESOME!!! THANK GOD!! Now hopefully the jobs stay as well!!
Rent To Own 3/20/2012 11:02:35 AM Report

I think most will

so are they closing the Toronto one then???

or downsizing both

hopefully they will do a updated story when that news comes out
Truck 3/20/2012 11:24:48 AM Report

staying....less 2/3 the staff!
Zombie 3/20/2012 11:35:19 AM Report

I think that most of the employees loosing their jobs would have more of an effect on the Sault economy then having the warm and fuzzy feeling that the OLG "head office" is in the Sault.
FreeThought 3/20/2012 11:47:14 AM Report

Unless you know something we don't, no pink slips have been issued by OLG for staff at this time.
Seriously, your "chicken little" attitude does not hold any merrit at this time. Until the OLG process begins to roll, not even OLG knows exactly what the modernization of the company will look like.
Chill out.
FreeThought 3/20/2012 11:48:01 AM Report

That should read by "local" OLG to staff. I got a little too vehement there.
EZGoing 3/20/2012 12:03:15 PM Report

I'm pretty sure neither OLG offices will be closing. It is very crucial for OLG to have both offices remain open. They are mirrored offices for disaster recovery purposes. If they were to close down one mirrored offices and leave themselves with only one office, can be very crippling to the Corporation should a disaster occur. Therefor, closing down one of the offices period, is not a wise decision to be made by anyone.
cooker_eh 3/20/2012 12:11:18 PM Report

EZ that is incorrect. The SSM site is a head office / data centre. The other "head office" is in York Mills. The other data centre or "mirror site" is in Don Mills. Two separate locations in the GTA.
EZGoing 3/20/2012 12:18:20 PM Report

Correct, so if a disaster occurred in Toronto, OLG can continue to fully operate out of the Sault office or vice versa flawlessly.
soocrew 3/20/2012 1:01:56 PM Report

Politically it will remain open but it lost all the top dogs about 6 -7 years ago along with 100 positions to York Mills.

Wherever the top dogs sit is where most jobs go. Until you see the CEO reside in the Soo don't be too comfortable. that's the question that really matters. WHERE WILL THE CEO WORK FROM Mr. O. Then you will know who will really be impacted
elf 3/20/2012 1:45:41 PM Report

Um, this was already announced yesterday! How is this news?
TankGirl 3/20/2012 1:48:01 PM Report

People, there are lots of changes still to come including more departments moving to privatization.

The report says OLG “should shift the day-to-day operation of the lottery network to a regulated private sector operator.” " and “In the long term, OLG will likely have a small operational footprint — it will do less.”
EZGoing 3/20/2012 2:11:02 PM Report

@Tank, the article you posted is all speculation with nothing concrete. No decisions have been made. It is clearly stated in this article that OLG Sault office will remain open. Considering Laws and AGCO regulations, just who would OLG privatize to, Vegas? At this point they can't even if they wanted to.
OMGWTF 3/20/2012 2:39:08 PM Report

Read the story in the link. Government makes laws so they can be changed if needed. According to the story in the link laws don't need to be changed here. Many lotteries around the world are either run or managed by private operators. You're right that nothing is concrete.
TankGirl 3/20/2012 2:42:25 PM Report

Nothing is concrete because the final plan hasn't been put out for approval however, it is coming. Departments WILL be privatized.
EZGoing 3/20/2012 2:52:16 PM Report

Now, now, let's not panic. That's how rumors start and misleading information as well
TankGirl 3/20/2012 3:53:44 PM Report

I am not saying anything that isn't already in the documents provided in the links in the Sootoday story and the link I provided.

If you read through the "strategy" you will see, privatization of departments is very much a part of the plan.
TankGirl 3/20/2012 3:56:37 PM Report

Directly from the link in the article above - "Increase operational efficiencies by expanding the role of the private sector"

What do you think that means exactly? It means more privatization.
TankGirl 3/20/2012 3:57:14 PM Report

Also -
TankGirl 3/20/2012 7:27:04 PM Report

They will create "Zones" as stated in the OLG document I posted. By doing so, they will have created "individual" operations still operating under one umbrella being the OLG. Those "Zone Operations" can then be privatized while still operated under the Corporate Rules and Regs of the OLG which will still be owned by the Government.

clane 3/20/2012 9:31:55 PM Report

Good news, now perhaps the Premier and/or CEO can go one step further. Instead of declaring the Sault as the "Head Office" in name only, make it a real head office.

This would require ALL senior managers, board of directors, CIOs, CFO, CEO etc to MOVE to where their office is. RIght here in Sault Ste. Marie. THis also goes for any staff in TO who work at the "Head Office" to either move to the Sault or pursue other opportunities elsewhere.

More then once I have seen people have to move to southern Ontario because they were given the choice "Move or find work else where", well the same goes to them. If you can't live without your ChocaMochaDoubleFOam lattes, or your weekly Rolling Stones concerts then by all means ask Mr. Drummand and his rich banker friends for a job in TO, but I am sure there are more then enough people willing to move here for your job, better yet hire local people ....
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