Toronto’s executive committee will be meeting today to discuss the possibility of a casino being built in the city. The committee will hear from some nearly 200 deputants at today’s meeting before deciding whether to gamble on the downtown venture.
Here’s what you need to know about the proposed Toronto casino project. And you can watch the debate, live here.
1. It Would be a Destination Resort
Some fear a casino downtown would increase rates of criminal activity within the city, but according to the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission, “The majority of the information collected during the past decade indicates that there is no link between gambling, particularly casino-style gambling, and crime. The security on the premises of gambling facilities, the multiple layers of regulatory control, and the economic and social benefits that gambling seems to offer to communities are effective deterrents of criminal activity.”
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8. Problem Gamblers
— Modern OLG (@modern_olg) April 15, 2013
Worldwide rates of problem gambling hover consistently around 0.5% and 1.5%, according to research from 2008.
“No operator wants to do business with problem gamblers, and actively works to keep them out of casinos and provide access to help,” says TorontoCasinoFacts.ca.
The City would also make it a priority that any establishment, if approved, would have limited hours of operation, not 24-hours and would not offer things such as customer loyalty programs.
9. The Mayor Supports It
Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, supports the idea of a Casino in downtown Toronto, saying in an open letter, “After reviewing all available information, consulting with my Council colleagues and members of the public, I am confident Toronto faces a golden opportunity.”
Landowners from Liberty Village are at Executive Cmt today worried about casinos in neigbourhoods.
— Mike Layton (@m_layton) April 15, 2013
Deputant notes that Torontonians are consistently against a casino. 1997 referendum results: 71% opposed. 2013 consultation: 71% opposed.
— No Casino Toronto (@nocasinotoronto) April 15, 2013
Toronto International Boat Show President tells Ex Place board they oppose Casino.
— Gord Perks (@gordperks) April 12, 2013
It’s interesting to note that some councillors who traditionally support the mayor’s agenda, such as Denzil Minnan-Wong and John Parker, are opposing the proposed downtown facility. Other vocal opponents include local residents and councillors Adam Vaughan and Mike Layton.