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Executive Committee Recommends Aggressive Casino Expansion

City councilu2019s executive committee, composed of many of Rob Fordu2019s closest allies, has endorsed a strong pro-casino stance, voting for several measures that go beyond staff advice and would expand the list of potential casino locations to include Ontario Place and the Port Lands. Here is your run-down of exactly what they are recommending.

Decoder: City Staff's Casino Report

A casino would need to be at least 30 per cent larger than planners recommend if it's to have the desired economic impact, according to staff's final report.

A History of Casino Proposals

The province wants to build a casino in Toronto. If history is any indication, the odds of anything actually happening aren't good.

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  • Oh God, is the Toronto Casino Debate Back Again? Aug. 29, 2016 2:00 PM - Time is a flat circle. Three years after we declared a downtown casino “well and truly dead,” it’s back on the table. Here’s a quick guide to what happened last time, why we’re back here again, and what might happen.
  • Toronto Casino Well and Thoroughly Dead May. 21, 2013 2:33 PM - City council rejected all proposals for expanded gaming in Toronto today. By a resounding vote of 40–4 they opposed the establishment of any new downtown casino (the dissenters were Rob Ford, Norm Kelly, Vincent Crisanti, and Giorgio Mammoliti). This was widely expected, in the wake of a concerted grassroots campaign opposing a new facility, and […]
  • Toronto’s Casino Debate is Back On May. 17, 2013 5:36 PM - It was only yesterday that Mayor Rob Ford proclaimed proposals for a Toronto casino “dead.” In the wake of the province’s foot-dragging on the issue, and reluctance to commit to giving the city the $100 million Ford thought was a “fair share” of the gambling revenue any new facility would bring in, the mayor abruptly […]
  • Public Works: A Casino That Works? May. 16, 2013 1:30 PM - Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. On May 21, city council will decide whether to move forward with the possible construction of a casino/resort/convention centre/shopping complex in Toronto. The meeting is the culmination of months of heated debate […]
  • Why Mayor Rob Ford’s Casino Victory is No Victory At All Apr. 17, 2013 12:30 PM - If there’s a safe place for a mayoralty in our post–City of Toronto Act era, it’s the executive committee. This is essentially a handpicked committee whose job is to help mould and massage a mayor’s agenda into fighting shape. Differences are ironed out, a unified front formed. There should be no unpleasant surprises sprung on […]
  • Executive Committee Recommends Aggressive Casino Expansion Apr. 16, 2013 6:42 PM - City council’s executive committee, composed of many of Rob Ford’s closest allies, has endorsed a strong pro-casino stance at the end of a two-day special meeting dedicated specifically to that topic. Though there were some dissenting votes, as a whole the committee voted to go further than City staff recommended in terms of potential casino […]
  • No Clear Case for a Casino, Public Tells Councillors Apr. 16, 2013 8:29 AM - For 11 hours at City Hall on Monday members of the public, as well as representatives from various organizations and industry groups, went before city council’s executive committee to share their opinions about the prospect of opening a casino in Toronto. No overwhelming consensus emerged, but there was a clear tendency: of the roughly 100 […]
  • Liveblog: Torontonians at City Hall Share Their Views About a Casino Apr. 15, 2013 5:40 PM - Today, after months of build-up, the formal debate about whether to permit a new casino in Toronto begins at City Hall. The debate will be in two parts: first, the executive committee (that’s the most powerful of all the various council committees, and the one stocked with most of Mayor Rob Ford’s closest allies) will […]
  • The Rob Ford Radio Recap: “Found Money” Apr. 15, 2013 11:45 AM - Welcome to another installment of the Rob Ford Radio Recap, dear Raccoon Nation. Who knows what wild shenanigans we’ll get up to this week? Will Rob express his disgust for streetcars? Will Doug state that he just hates spending taxpayer dollars on bicycle projects? Will Rob and Doug express concerns about the $19.4 million in […]
  • RESOURCES Apr. 14, 2013 10:17 PM - Some key City staff reports and other documents:   The City Manager‘s final report, which will form the basis of council’s deliberations Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health on the social impacts of a casino A report the City commissioned from Ernst & Young on the potential benefits and risks of opening a casino (PDF) The […]
  • Mayor Ford Says Proposed Casino Will Make Toronto a “Convention Destination” Apr. 8, 2013 4:50 PM - Following City staff’s final report on a proposed casino in Toronto—a report which neither endorsed nor rejected the suggestion that we permit one—Mayor Rob Ford is touting the facility’s potential to boost the city’s economy. “Toronto has been presented a golden opportunity, folks,” Ford said a a press conference this afternoon, “an opportunity that creates […]
  • City Staff: We’d Need to Over-Size a Casino to See Major Economic Benefits Apr. 8, 2013 3:15 PM - This morning Toronto’s top civil servant released a long-awaited report on the prospect of allowing a new casino in Toronto. That report is an exercise in diplomacy—or hedging, depending on your point of view—and comes to no conclusions about whether we should permit a major gaming complex downtown. (The report does recommend expanded gaming at […]
  • 250 Religous Leaders Issue Joint Statement Opposing a Casino Apr. 4, 2013 2:45 PM - More than 250 religious leaders from across the GTA released a statement today, expressing their shared opposition to the prospect of expanded gambling in Ontario, and in particular to a new casino in Toronto. The leaders, representing Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Jain, and Christian coalitions, as well as numerous congregations across Toronto, also took their message […]
  • The Rob Ford Radio Recap: Every Doug Has His Day Mar. 18, 2013 4:45 PM - What will The City address today? How will our contemporary fireside chat move the public discourse forward in a way that unites our city in finding solutions and building a better future? For that, let’s turn to Councillors Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) and Frances Nunziata (Ward 11, York South-Weston)!

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