Canada: Vaccine progress raises optimism of casino owner Ted Clarke, Prince George Citizen · January 12, 2021 at 1:30 am There’s an eerie quiet that’s crept into the Treasure Cove Casino these days. The huge parking lot that borders Highway 16 and 97 is empty, aside from the odd transport truck whose driver pulls off the road to try to get some sleep. On the casino floor, the slot machines and the chimes, bells and electronic beeps they’re known for in pre-pandemic times stand silent, with not a soul in sight to bring them back to life with the drop of a coin. Nobody’s calling out bingo games, the brakes are on the roulette wheels and no poker decks are being shuffled. It’s been that way even since mid-March, when COVID came to Canada and closed every casino in the province.