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droyces

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And so, will coach Ford and brother Doug now tout this location as being the right spot for their casino love?

Or with the land they have it could be used as a secondary airport to replace the island airport that david miller had closed.
 

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you do realize that the island airport is now open, and that the woodbine live site is located RIGHT BESIDE PEARSON AIRPORT?
 

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Casino debate could focus on expanded gaming at Woodbine racetrack
The Toronto casino debate is set to reignite, this time focused solely on expanded gaming at Woodbine racetrack, the Star has learned.


The Toronto casino debate is set to reignite, this time focused solely on expanded gaming at Woodbine racetrack, the Star has learned.
Woodbine Entertainment Group, the company that operates the northwest Etobicoke track, has in recent months lobbied Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard), councillors and city officials to reconsider council’s May 2013 vote.
Back then, councillors approved by 24-20 a ban on expanding gambling at Woodbine beyond racing and its 3,000 slot machines. The rejection of table games happened during a tense meeting that saw the more controversial, high-profile bid to host a downtown casino resort shot down 40-4.
With Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. now setting the stage to choose an operator of expanded gambling in the GTA, and other municipalities interested in hosting, it is “critical†that Toronto council lift the restrictions, said Woodbine president Nick Eaves.
“It is vitally important to the future of the Woodbine racetrack business model and the approximately 7,500 jobs that Woodbine is responsible for†at the track and beyond, Eaves said in an interview.

Tory is open to rekindling the debate, said his communications director, Amanda Galbraith, but only if it involves an “entertainment destination†with hotel, restaurant and other amenities that would bring more jobs to economically depressed Rexdale than a stand-alone “box casino.â€
More...........http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...on-expanded-gaming-at-woodbine-racetrack.html
 

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Council approves expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack

From this link, at The Star:

Councillors voted Wednesday in favour of the additions to the track located in Rexdale, which has seen a 26 per cent decline in employment in the last decade.

After an all-day debate, city council has voted 25-19 to support expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack in the northwest part of the city.


Mayor John Tory, a strong proponent of the plan, said he doesn’t diminish opponents on council who are concerned about problems created by gambling.


“My support for taking this proposition to the next stage does, however, arise out of a profound determination that I have to see more jobs become available in the northwest corner of the city, an area that has been starved for jobs and opportunity for a long, long time,” Tory said before the vote.


The track is located in Rexdale which has seen a 26 per cent decline in employment in the last decade.

The mayor said he would have been less supportive of the plan if horse racing betting and slot machines weren’t already on the site.

But he Tory said he is counting on the additional investment he expects to flow from other development on the 680-acre site.

Three members of Tory’s executive committee, Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Paul Ainslie and James Pasternak, voted against expansion.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has proposed almost doubling the number of slot machines on site – to 5,000 – and adding 120 gaming tables, such as black jack, craps and roulette. A search for an operator is underway.

Darn that the Carleton Race Course is no more. That was where the first Queen's Plate was held, in 1860. We could have been discussing about a casino at High Park Avenue and Humberside instead. See link.

 

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Yesterday, council approved an interim report on a poverty reduction strategy. Today they approved a poverty enhancement plan.
 

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You got to love how all the casinos in the region are located in areas that are pretty much the armpit (pretty Niagara Falls aside, the area where it sits is pretty dumpy) - almost a LULU. Guess this continues the trend.

AoD
 

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When building casinos is being seen and applied as a public policy response to declining towns and municipalities (and not on its' own merit) we knew it had hit the bottom of the barrel - they got more serious issues to deal with than what incremental benefits any casino can offer.

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