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Toronto casino deal may have finally iced long-planned downtown integrated resort

Five years ago, Las Vegas gaming executives were spending more time in Toronto than hardcore Maple Leafs fans. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) was considering approval of a single hotel-casino complex in Canada’s largest city, a facility that experts predicted would produce an estimated $1 billion CDN a year in gaming revenue.

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8/11/2017

article Toronto casino deal may have finally iced long-planned downtown integrated resort
(Toronto) -- Five years ago, Las Vegas gaming executives were spending more time in Toronto than hardcore Maple Leafs fans. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG)...

8/8/2017

article Great Canadian, Brookfield Win Bid to Run Toronto Area Casinos
(Ontario) -- Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Brookfield Business Partners LP won a bid to operate gaming facilities in the Toronto area that generate revenue of more...

9/24/2016

article Big Players Looking to Cash in at New Woodbine Casino
(Ontario) -- Some of the biggest names in the international gaming industry are hoping to come to Ontario and the GTA in what could be one of the biggest boosts to...

8/31/2016

article Caesars, other casino operators consider bidding for three GTA sites
(Toronto) -- Casino fever is building again as Caesars and five other companies consider bidding to build gambling resorts in job-starved Rexdale and two sites in the...

8/29/2016

article Oh God, is the Toronto Casino Debate Back Again?
(Toronto) -- 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...

8/22/2016

article Caesars Entertainment keen on Toronto casino complex
(Toronto) -- Canadian business news sources have reported that Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CEC) is one of the bidding firms seeking to win the building rights for...

8/18/2016

article Caesars makes its pitch for Toronto casino project
(Toronto) -- Caesars Entertainment, its bankrupt unit trying desperately to win the support of creditors for a plan of reorganization, is in the running for a Toronto...

8/9/2015

article The top 5 casinos in and around Toronto
(Ontario) -- Toronto area casinos are places where hope springs eternal. Whether you want to trek out to Niagara Falls to place your bets, or stay within city limits,...

7/20/2015

article Woodbine casino expansion won’t affect crime levels, says top cop Supt. Ron Taverner
(Toronto) -- Expanded gaming and a future entertainment complex at Woodbine Racetrack is being touted by local advocates for its potential to fight poverty, provide...

7/15/2015

article Casino expansion at Woodbine brings added security to horse racing industry
(Toronto) -- The people who breed, train, love and live off race horses and horse racing in Ontario may not know what a new casino at Woodbine Racetrack will mean to...

7/13/2015

article T.O. casino would ‘devastate’ Niagara, Diodati says
(Toronto) -- A plan to expand gaming capacity at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto will be “devastating” for not only Niagara Falls, but all of Niagara as well,...

7/12/2015

article Why the Woodbine gaming deal could be a pathway to good jobs
(Toronto) -- More playgrounds. Better daycare centres. High-tech libraries. That’s one councillor’s modest vision of a post-casino Toronto.

7/10/2015

article Horse racing industry could get boost with more gaming at Woodbine
(Toronto) -- Has the Woodbine Entertainment Group — and by association the rest of the Ontario horse racing industry — hit the jackpot once again?
article Proposed Woodbine gaming expansion could impact Niagara Falls, Ont. operations
(Toronto) -- A vote by the Toronto City Council to support a massive gaming expansion at the Woodbine Racetrack could have a chilling economic impact on a pair of...
article WEG Teams with Derby Games to bring popular online gambling games to players in Canada
(Toronto) -- Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Derby Games, the leading developer of online pari-mutuel horse racing games in North America, have partnered to bring...

7/9/2015

article Council approves expanded gambling at Woodbine Racetrack
(Toronto) -- City council has backed a plan to allow a major casino at the Woodbine Racetrack, two years after banning further expansion on the site and also rejecting a...
article Council ups ante on gambling at Woodbine
(Toronto) -- They weighed the potential benefits against the risks, but in the end Toronto city councillors upped the ante on gambling at Woodbine.
article Council’s wrangles on Uber, gambling have familiar ring: James
(Toronto) -- Toronto cabbies are spitting mad. Uber is stealing their business and the public couldn’t care less. Casinos are fronting as “economic...

7/8/2015

article Council to decide on Woodbine casino expansion
(Toronto) -- Council will decide Wednesday whether to bet on expanding gaming at Woodbine Racetrack. Mayor John Tory has been pushing for council to give its conditional...
article Council votes in favour of expanded gaming at Woodbine
(Toronto) -- City council has voted 25-19 in favour of expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack, moving one step closer to becoming a full-fledged casino.
article Councillors vote in favour of expanded gambling at Woodbine Racetrack
(Toronto) -- City council has voted 25-19 in favour of a motion that supports expanding the gambling facilities at Woodbine Racetrack. The vote came after a debate that...
article Expanded gambling debate at Woodbine off to the races
(Toronto) -- City council is debating whether it should take a gamble and expand gaming options at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack. The plan -- which was recommended by...
article Woodbine casino expansion approved by divided city council
(Toronto) -- If you were to somehow cut the roof off the Woodbine casino and film it from above — from a blimp, say, or an aerial drone — what you’d...
article “Anything in moderation” says Rob Ford as he backs gambling expansion
(Toronto) -- Councillor Rob is throwing his support for expanded gambling at Woodbine Race Track and attacking Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard). “I...

7/7/2015

article Expanded gambling at Woodbine on the agenda at last council meeting before summer break
(Toronto) -- The debate on whether to expand gambling options at Woodbine Racetrack is on the agenda at city hall this week as councillors gather for the last council...

7/6/2015

article Council set to debate Woodbine gambling expansion
(Toronto) -- City council is set to debate expanded gambling at Woodbine Race Track, which could nearly double the number of slot machines on site - to 5,000 - and add...

7/5/2015

article Use new Woodbine gambling cash for education: Karygiannis
(Toronto) -- Up to 3% of the profits from any new Woodbine Racetrack casino operation should be used to educate children about gambling addiction, insists Toronto...

6/30/2015

article Executive committee gives a thumbs-up to expanded Woodbine gaming
(Toronto) -- In a late evening decision, the city’s executive committee has voted 10-3 to back a staff report recommending expanded gambling at Woodbine Racetrack...
article John Tory expects casino at Woodbine will be 'catalyst' for jobs
(Toronto) -- Mayor John Tory supports bringing more gambling to Woodbine, but not necessarily for gambling-related jobs at the expanded facility. "Those aren't...
article Table gambling, additional slots at Woodbine one step closer to reality
(Toronto) -- An expanded casino at Woodbine Racetrack moved one step closer to reality after sailing through Mayor John Tory’s inner circle. The executive committee, a...
article Woodbine gaming expansion debate on deck for executive committee
(Toronto) -- Mayor John Tory's executive committee will decide Tuesday whether or not to roll the dice on expanded gambling at Woodbine Racetrack. Councillors will...

6/29/2015

article The problem with expanding gambling at Woodbine
(Toronto) -- The Ontario government’s desire to generate revenue and Woodbine’s interests in dramatically increasing gambling profits converge in their...

6/28/2015

article Casino suddenly seems respectable — in Rexdale: Hume
(Toronto) -- How quickly we forget. A couple of years ago when there was talk about building a casino/entertainment complex on the Toronto waterfront, the opposition was...

6/23/2015

article City report recommends expanding gaming at Woodbine
(Toronto) -- A new report by city hall staff is recommending that the city move forward with plans to expand gaming at Woodbine Racetrack.
article Expand Woodbine gaming options: City staff
(Toronto) -- City staff say allowing an expansion of gambling at Woodbine Racetrack is a safe bet. But Mayor John Tory and the rest of city council still have to decide...
article Toronto explores Woodbine Racetrack gambling expansion
(Toronto) -- The expansion of gambling at Woodbine Racetrack could generate up to $14-million in additional revenue for the City of Toronto, according to a report from...

4/2/2015

article Falls keeping tabs on Toronto casino consultations
(Toronto) -- A Toronto casino could lead to "massive layoffs" in Niagara Falls and deal a potentially fatal blow to the region's No. 1 employer, says...

4/1/2015

article No matter what anyone says, a Woodbine casino would be good for Toronto
(Toronto) -- I’m not a fan of casinos. I’ve never dropped a single coin into a slot machine. As someone with a background in money management, gambling is...
article Toronto council requests report on Woodbine gaming
(Toronto) -- Three years after overwhelmingly rejecting a downtown casino, Toronto city council is prepared to explore the idea of allowing expanded gambling at Woodbine...

3/22/2015

article LETTER: Questions on Rexdale casino
(Ontario) -- ​Although the need in the Rexdale community is apparent, is a full-fledged casino the answer to the area’s much-needed revitalization?

3/21/2015

article Editorial: Council should revive Woodbine casino plan
(Ontario) -- Two years ago a sensible proposal for a casino/resort at Woodbine Racetrack was shot down at city council — narrowly — as collateral damage...

3/18/2015

article A casino in Rexdale? It’s already there: Keenan
(Toronto) -- I went out to Rexdale this week to consider the possibility of the city allowing construction of a casino there. What I found is that there is already a...
article Deputy mayor wants Toronto to reopen casino debate with report on Woodbine Racetrack expansion
(Toronto) -- Two years after Toronto councillors rejected a casino within the city limits, a deputy mayor in John Tory’s administration is pushing them to...
article Woodbine gaming expansion back on council radar
(Toronto) -- Bet on another casino debate starting next week. Mayor John Tory’s executive committee is being asked to direct city officials to look at expanding...

3/12/2015

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

3/11/2015

article Toronto councillors willing to look at Woodbine casino
(Ontario) -- Woodbine racetrack’s bid for a full casino is being approached with caution at city hall, but not the fury that killed the downtown casino proposal...
article Tory open to restarting debate on expanded gaming at Woodbine
(Ontario) -- Mayor John Tory says he is open to restarting the debate on expanding gaming options at Woodbine Racetrack. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Tory...

5/22/2014

article Gambling operation for revenue: Peter Sinclair’s Big Idea
(Toronto) -- Peter Sinclair has a great idea about gambling for revenue: A gambling operation at better wager deals than traditional locations so Toronto could become...

4/13/2014

article No To Toronto Casino On City Ballot Says Niagara Falls Mayor
(Ontario) -- With the Toronto municipal election underway, residents are placing their bets on which mayoral candidate will be in the mayor’s chair after October...

3/25/2014

article Spectre of Toronto casino looms large over Niagara Falls
(Toronto) -- The push for a referendum to put a casino in Toronto could be “dire” for Niagara Falls. Last May, Toronto city council rejected a casino within...

3/24/2014

article Toronto officials mulling casino referendum
(Toronto) -- The idea of a casino for Toronto has been raised again, this time ahead of a municipal election slated for the fall. One Toronto businessman wants a...

12/28/2013

article Toronto 2013 Will Be Immortalized By OLG Casino Debate And Rob Ford
(Ontario) -- International headlines over the last two months revolved around Toronto, and in particular Toronto’s scandal-plagued and crack smoking mayor, Rob...

10/23/2013

article Toronto Area Casino Opportunities Dwindling As More Doors Slam Shut
(Toronto) -- O Toronto, Canada! You do not seem to cotton too much to the idea of a casino, do you? Toronto and outlying areas have been earmarked and several developers...

10/21/2013

article Casino opportunities continue to shrink in Greater Toronto
(Ontario) -- The prospects of a newly built gambling complex coming to the GTA soon continue to dim with Vaughan’s 5-4 vote against it, but longtime municipal...

6/11/2013

article Toronto's casino discussion cost at least $370,000, says city manager
(Toronto) -- City manager Joe Pennachetti says Toronto’s casino discussion cost at least $370,000. City council last month voted against both a massive new...

6/10/2013

article Casino study process cost Toronto at least $370,000
(Toronto) -- Toronto spent at least $370,000 to study the casino proposals that were rejected by council in May. The city’s top civil servant, city manager Joe...

6/9/2013

article Ford brothers want council to revisit Woodbine casino debate
(Toronto) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother are vowing to re-open debate on a new casino at the Woodbine Racetrack. Toronto city council overwhelmingly voted no...
article What do Toronto casino opponents have against jobs?
(Toronto) -- Got a few seconds? Here’s a quick question for all those vociferous City Hall opponents of a major downtown Toronto casino and convention complex.

5/29/2013

article Casino: Split vote in Vaughan favours bidding for a gambling facility
(Ontario) -- In the end, the glittering promise of $32 million per year from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. hosting fees, up to $3 million in property taxes, 8,000 to...
article Vaughan council votes to ask for casino
(Ontario) -- Vaughan says it wants to become home to a casino as part of a major cultural and entertainment complex. Council voted early Wednesday to notify the Ontario...
article Vaughan councillors green-light casino plan
(Ontario) -- In the end, money talked louder than family values in the great debate over willing host status for a casino and entertainment complex for Vaughan.
article City of Vaughan says it's interested in hosting casino
(Ontario) -- The City of Vaughan has declared its interest in hosting a Greater Toronto Area casino after an eight-hour meeting. The final vote came around 3:30 a.m....

5/26/2013

article No CasinoToronto Ecstatic with Outcome
(Toronto) -- Toronto is an amazing city with the mayor being in some kind of hot water about drug taking and then council voting down the MGM pitch to put a Las Vegas...
article Reaction to the vote against a casino
(Toronto) -- Congratulations and thanks to the thousands of citizens who made their voices heard, and to the vast majority of councillors who voted against the downtown...
article Toronto City Council Votes Against Casino
(Toronto) -- Toronto’s city council has decisively voted against a major downtown casino despite Mayor Rob Ford’s support for the project. After a morning...

5/24/2013

article Will there ever be a casino built in the Toronto area?
(Toronto) -- The future of gambling in Toronto is extremely hazy after this week’s decisions by city lawmakers.
article T.O. casino vote no surprise: Diodati
(Ontario) -- Toronto City Council’s decision to give a thumbs down to the idea of a casino in the city’s downtown came as no real surprise to Mayor Jim...

5/22/2013

article Council’s casino decision leaves Woodbine vulnerable
(Toronto) -- It was no surprise when Toronto councillors voted against hosting a downtown casino on Tuesday. But their decision during the special council meeting not to...
article Suburban cities warm up to casino project Toronto rejected
(Toronto) -- Toronto councillors may have overwhelmingly rejected a downtown casino, but some of their nearby counterparts are betting that a gambling facility could pay...
article Toronto Rejects Gaming Expansion at Woodbine
(Toronto) -- The Toronto City Council May 20 voted 24-20 against expansion of the gaming facility at Woodbine to include more slot machines and table games.

5/21/2013

article Casino dies as Rob Ford stays silent on scandal
(Toronto) -- City council has finally slammed the door shut on a new Toronto casino. As expected, at a special meeting on Tuesday councillors voted to reject a...
article Kathleen Wynne on Rob Ford crack allegations
(Ontario) -- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she takes it seriously when personal issues start to impact city governance. Wynne was asked about recent reports of a...
article Toronto Mayor Ford stays mum on drug-tape allegations at casino meeting
(Toronto) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has no plans of addressing allegations that he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine Tuesday, the mayor's spokesperson said.
article City council rejects new downtown casino, Woodbine expansion
(Toronto) -- City council has voted in favour of rejecting any new gaming facilities for Toronto, effectively shutting the book on a multi-billion dollar casino and...
article Ford Motion Backs Woodbine, Not Downtown For Casino Expansion
(Toronto) -- Toronto City Council's meeting on the topic of casino expansion is taking place today (Tuesday, May 21), after 24 city councillors reversed Mayor Rob...
article It's over: Toronto council votes overwhelmingly against downtown casino
(Toronto) -- Toronto city council has voted to say no to a downtown casino, putting to an end a year-long debate that included a parade of proposals from U.S. gambling...
article Toronto Casino Well and Thoroughly Dead
(Toronto) -- 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...
article Toronto casino: Decisive 40-4 city council vote kills Ford’s dream
(Toronto) -- City council has crushed Mayor Rob Ford’s pitch for “10,000 good-paying jobs” by decisively voting against a major downtown casino.
article Toronto City Council votes to kill casino project
(Toronto) -- The Toronto City Council went ahead with a vote Tuesday to kill a casino project proposed for the downtown area that attracted interest from Nevada largest...
article Woodbine's bid to expand casino gambling rejected by Toronto council
(Toronto) -- The Woodbine Entertainment Group’s plans for expanded casino gambling suffered what would appear to be a fatal blow on Tuesday when Toronto City...
article Niagara Falls rejoices after Toronto's rejects casino
(Ontario) -- Niagara Falls has hit the jackpot, says MPP Kim Craitor. Four days after the city learned it could see $20 million more a year for hosting two casinos,...

5/20/2013

article Will alleged Ford video overshadow Toronto casino debate?
(Toronto) -- A debate about a proposed downtown casino is supposed to take centre stage at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday, but it seems a safe bet that a still-unseen...
article At casino meeting, Rob Ford to face council for first time since drug allegation
(Toronto) -- When Toronto city council meets Tuesday morning to formally kill the proposal for a downtown casino, it will end for good what was once a pet project for...
article Matlow says council likely to reject casino at meeting
(Toronto) -- City councillors will debate the casino issue at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday, despite Mayor Rob Ford’s prior efforts to quash the meeting.
article Toronto councillors hope to bury ‘essentially dead’ casino at vote Tuesday
(Toronto) -- A big downtown casino may be “essentially dead,” but many city councillors want to bury it. They hope a solid majority of the 45-member city...

5/19/2013

article City council casino debate to go ahead after all
(Toronto) -- A special city council meeting to debate a proposed casino complex will go ahead after all. After Mayor Rob Ford announced last week that he had cancelled...
article Commentary: Beyond the Rob Ford embarrassment is a broken Toronto
(Toronto) -- Long the epitome of a humane, prosperous, diverse, caring city, Toronto has at long last captured the world’s attention – but not in the way...
article Do-or-die meeting on downtown Toronto casino to proceed as councillors defy Mayor Rob Ford
(Toronto) -- A petition signed by 24 Toronto city councillors has reversed Mayor Rob Ford’s decision to cancel a special meeting to debate a downtown casino.
article Matlow says council likely to reject casino at meeting
(Toronto) -- City councillors will debate the casino issue at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday, despite Mayor Rob Ford’s prior efforts to quash the meeting.
article Meeting back on: Toronto councillors to vote on proposed downtown casino
(Toronto) -- Toronto city councillors will be going ahead with a special meeting on Tuesday to vote on a proposed downtown casino, overruling Mayor Rob Ford’s...

5/18/2013

article Coun. Mike Layton pushing for Tuesday debate on casino deal
(Toronto) -- A Toronto city councillor is pushing for a debate on the proposed downtown casino on Tuesday, after Mayor Rob Ford cancelled a special meeting on the issue.

5/17/2013

article Councillors planning special casino meeting
(Toronto) -- Toronto councillors have collected the 23 required signatures to hold a casino special meeting Tuesday, after the mayor cancelled the planned council...
article Ex-OLG chief Godfrey maintains Toronto deserves higher cut of casino revenue
(Toronto) -- The ousted chairman of Ontario’s lottery corporation says Toronto deserved more money to play host to a casino because “Toronto is the centre of...
article Toronto casino project that drew Nevada interest appears dead
(Toronto) -- A downtown Toronto resort complex that attracted the interest of Nevada’s largest casino operators appears dead Friday after the city’s mayor...
article Toronto councillors will vote on casino despite Ford declaring deal ‘dead’
(Toronto) -- Toronto councillors are going ahead with a special meeting to vote on a downtown casino, overruling Mayor Rob Ford for the second time in two weeks –...
article Toronto’s Casino Debate is Back On
(Toronto) -- 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...

5/16/2013

article Rob Ford Proclaims Toronto Casino “Dead”
(Toronto) -- Breaking with just about every precedent of his mayoralty thus far, Rob Ford has decided to call it quits on an issue he’s championed rather than...
article Toronto casino: City’s new take would be $53.7 million, sources say
(Toronto) -- The long hard push by Ontario’s gambling agency, deep-pocketed Nevada-based casino giants and Mayor Rob Ford to build a massive casino resort on...
article Toronto would get $53.7-million to host casino; Mayor says deal 'dead' unless it's $100-million
(Toronto) -- Plans to build a casino in downtown Toronto have lost all signs of life, with the province preparing to give the city about half the revenue it was...

5/15/2013

article Scarborough councillor joins group opposing casino in downtown Toronto
(Toronto) -- Scarborough councillor Michelle Berardinetti is adding her voice to the growing number of Toronto politicians who oppose a downtown casino, leaving Mayor...

5/8/2013

article Casino opposition backs off from plans for special meeting
(Toronto) -- A group of anti-casino city councillors have backed off – at least for now – on plans to put the controversial question of whether Toronto wants...

5/6/2013

article Toronto casino hosting fee a 'bribe': Tim Hudak
(Toronto) -- The Ontario Liberal government seems determined to “bribe” Toronto into accepting a casino, PC Leader Tim Hudak says.

5/4/2013

article Toronto’s matter of convention
(Toronto) -- When Janet Skorepa visited Toronto a couple of years ago, she had visions of bringing the American Urological Association’s annual meeting – a...

5/3/2013

article $100-million casino fee for Toronto unlikely, sources say
(Toronto) -- The Ontario government appears to be leaning away from offering Toronto a $100-million annual take from a prospective casino.
article Globe Editorial: Don’t wager on the casino
(Toronto) -- Large casinos do not sit comfortably in the centres of major cities. In greater Vancouver, the River Rock Casino is in Richmond – looking over the...
article OLG proposes $100M for Toronto to host casino
(Toronto) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has come up with a revised funding formula for any casino in downtown Toronto — and sources tell CBC News...
article OLG recommends $100-million hosting fee for Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- OLG is ready to give Toronto $100-million a year to host a downtown casino. That according to a report from the CBC. They say a re-jigged funding scheme and...

5/2/2013

article Special meeting for Toronto casino debate scheduled for May 21
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford is setting aside a day for council to debate the casino question, calling a special meeting of Toronto city council May 21, a move that will...
article Toronto casino: Exhibition Place chair expensed drinks at bars in Las Vegas
(Toronto) -- The Exhibition Place chairman’s taxpayer-funded Las Vegas trip cost more than reported and included drinks at casino bars, documents show.

5/1/2013

article Debate delayed: City council to tackle casino issue May 21
(Toronto) -- Toronto city councillors will hold a special meeting to debate the potential development of a casino in the city.

4/30/2013

article Mayor Ford seeks special council meeting on casino
(Toronto) -- Toronto city councillors may have to wait to cast their votes on a downtown casino if Mayor Rob Ford follows through with his plans to call a special...
article Special council meeting planned to settle casino issue
(Toronto) -- Toronto’s casino debate is going to last a little longer now that Mayor Rob Ford has requested a special meeting to decide the controversial question.
article Toronto casino: Ford yanks item from agenda, delaying vote
(Toronto) -- Facing the likely death of his downtown casino dream, Mayor Rob Ford has yanked the item from next week’s council meeting in hopes he can muster more...

4/29/2013

article Casino could bring ‘grievous suffering’: Archbishop of Toronto
(Toronto) -- In my years of pastoral ministry as priest and bishop, I have become sadly aware of the grievous suffering experienced by individuals and families because...
article Mammoliti calls for property tax freeze with casino approval
(Toronto) -- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti wants to put a five-year property tax freeze on the table if the city approves a downtown casino. “That’s really...

4/25/2013

article Archbishop warns Roman Catholics, Toronto of negative impacts of casino plans
(Toronto) -- With city council preparing to debate whether or not Toronto should get a casino, the Archbishop of Toronto has penned a letter to Roman Catholics across...
article Toronto casino: Catholic church condemns
(Toronto) -- The Archbishop of Toronto has joined a chorus of more than 265 religious leaders who have spoken out against a bringing a casino to this city.
article Bill Rutsey: The facts support a Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- David Frum was certainly correct in his column last Saturday — Toronto does face a hugely important issue about its future. The decision the city is...
article LETTER: Ford’s gambling remark hurtful
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford has dismissed arguments bringing forward the reality of gambling addictions, saying that “they just don’t exist,” and...

4/23/2013

article OP/ED: On casino question, let the people decide
(Toronto) -- The public can say “No” only so many times before succumbing to the weight of history and the press of those advocating for change, good or bad.

4/22/2013

article Council’s power to put strings on Toronto casino approval questioned Add to ...
(Toronto) -- A Toronto real estate company fighting plans for a casino at Exhibition Place is questioning whether city council has the legal ability to put strings on...

4/20/2013

article FRUM: Two Huge Choices for Toronto's Future
(Toronto) -- My National Post column deals with the two big questions facing Toronto: a proposed casino, and whether to expand the city's airport.

4/19/2013

article Another casino would be a mistake: Perkins
(Toronto) -- The answer? Put sportsbooks in existing casinos and racetracks, peel a little off the top for the landlords and a bit more to fund Canada’s Olympians...
article Toronto casino: In 2001 crime was a concern at Woodbine. Has anything changed?
(Toronto) -- Slot machines had been operating less than a year at Woodbine racetrack when Toronto police asked city council to fund an extra 18 officers to handle the...

4/18/2013

article Casino bid passes hurdle with executive committee approval, but ‘no’ votes grow as proposal heads to council
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford successfully won the approval of the executive committee Tuesday for a downtown casino complex, but he faces a tough fight when the proposal...
article Councillor Grimes says taxpayer-funded Vegas trip was not for casino meetings
(Toronto) -- Councillor Mark Grimes says the taxpayer-funded trip he took to Las Vegas last July was not for the purpose of meeting with casino operators MGM and Caesars...
article Toronto casino passes first test, but still faces uphill battle
(Toronto) -- A committee of Toronto City Council members Wednesday approved a single casino-resort complex to be located in Canada’s largest city, but the proposal...

4/17/2013

article Council Scorecard Projection: Downtown casino now a dead issue walking
(Toronto) -- The downtown Toronto casino is not happening. The debate is done. It’s really, really done. There are so many gambling clichés that I could use to...
article Executive Committee Recommends Aggressive Casino Expansion
(Toronto) -- 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-...
article Executive committee votes in favour of downtown casino
(Toronto) -- Toronto is one step closer to getting a downtown casino, but the biggest hurdle is yet to come. The mayor's executive committee voted today in favour of...
article Toronto Casino nearing approval for Cadillac Fairview and MGM
(Toronto) -- Cadillac Fairview Corp and MGM Resorts International are very near to building its casino in Toronto after the mayor's executive committee voted in...
article BLOG: Casinos Ruin Cities
(Toronto) -- The debate over a casino in downtown Toronto is coming to a head. Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee of Toronto City Council voted 9-4 in favour of a...
article Column: Casinos are for losers, and Toronto is a winner
(Toronto) -- There are really only two good reasons for a city to overlook all the ills that flow from gambling and welcome a casino: one, because the city is so...
article Column: Do the research before saying ‘yes’
(Toronto) -- Some big spenders want to build a casino in Toronto. They’ve spent thousands of dollars lobbying city representatives, most notably the mayor and his...
article Jimmy Kimmel makes fun of Rob Ford’s collision with a TV camera on Tuesday night show
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford’s face plant into a television camera and associated cursing has made it to U.S. late night TV. A clip of the “unfortunate...
article Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Rob Ford's Camera Smash (VIDEO)
(Toronto) -- Rob Ford’s latest gaffe has gone international. The Toronto mayor’s collision with a TV cameraman — and subsequent ‘F-bomb’...
article Rob Ford featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live after walking into a TV camera
(Toronto) -- The antics of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford are, once again, fodder for comedy, with late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel taking notice of the mayor on his show...

4/16/2013

article Ford vows to take casino debate to the polls if proposal voted down
(Toronto) -- Faced with growing odds against a win at city council, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is vowing to take the fight for a downtown casino to the polls next year...
article Ford’s executive votes to accept downtown casino with conditions
(Toronto) -- Plans for a waterfront casino have cleared their first hurdle, but the odds of a massive gambling facility in downtown Toronto are far from a sure thing.
article Mayor Rob Ford’s executive backs casino but No votes
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee has officially opened the door to a massive casino resort near the downtown waterfront — if almost 50...
article Mayor’s executive votes to accept downtown casino with conditions
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee has given a qualified yes to a new downtown casino – the first hurdle to the city welcoming a new gambling...
article MGM Resorts Step Closer to Toronto Casino
(Toronto) -- MGM Resorts International (MGM) and Cadillac Fairview Corp. are a step closer to building a casino in Toronto after the mayor’s executive committee...
article Moralizers push me into the casino camp: DiManno
(Toronto) -- There was a rapping 90-year-old pistol, though her rhyming may have been unintentional: “No.” There was another elderly woman — I...
article No Clear Case for a Casino, Public Tells Councillors
(Toronto) -- 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...
article Poised to fail? Majority of councillors oppose Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- The issue of a Toronto casino is poised to fail after an informal poll by CityNews shows a majority of councillors plan to vote against hosting a gaming...
article Rob Ford stands with pro-casino union workers, promises to make it an election issue
(Toronto) -- After ten hours of deputations on the controversial topic of a casino in downtown Toronto, members of Mayor Rob Ford’s executive say they still have...
article Rob Ford’s executive approves downtown casino
(Toronto) -- A controversial proposal to build a casino in downtown Toronto is headed to council, after being approved by Rob Ford’s executive on Tuesday.
article Toronto casino: Mayor Rob Ford says he won’t stop pushing for resort
(Toronto) -- Ford promises he won’t let up on promoting a casino, despite hearing pleas against the project at an executive committee meeting Monday.
article Toronto Casino: Ontario has 300,000 problem gamblers, CAMH says
(Toronto) -- About 300,000 Ontarians have a moderate to severe gambling problem, which in turn affects the lives of those closest to them—about 3 million people,...
article Toronto’s executive committee supports downtown casino
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee has voted 9-4 to go for a casino in downtown Toronto, and expanded gaming at the Woodbine racetrack in north...

4/15/2013

article Casino meeting draws 200 speakers
(Toronto) -- More the 200 people have signed up to appear before Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee on Monday to speak about the controversial issue of...
article Executive committee debates downtown Toronto casino 105
(Toronto) -- Politics does make strange bedfellows. Right-wing Mayor Rob Ford came out to a pro-casino union rally Monday minutes before his executive committee jumped...
article Executive committee debating potential Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford is ratcheting up the pressure on undecided city councillors as his 12-member executive committee sits down to debate the merits of a...
article Ford vows to take casino debate to the polls if proposal voted down
(Toronto) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is vowing to take the casino question to the polls if councillors vote against the gaming facility. The mayor’s cabinet-like...
article Public speaking to council about Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- The city’s executive committee will hear from nearly 200 people on the divisive casino debate Monday, before it makes a decision on whether to pass...
article Rob Ford stands with pro-casino union workers, promises to make it an election issue
(Toronto) -- On Monday at city hall, Mayor Rob Ford stood alongside pro-casino union workers, vowed to make the construction of a gambling facility an election issue,...
article The Rob Ford Radio Recap: “Found Money”
(Toronto) -- 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?
article Toronto Casino: Mayor Rob Ford urges unions to accept downtown casino
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford is adamant that Toronto must get a downtown casino despite getting an earful from Torontonians opposed to the controversial plan.
article Writing on the wall for Ford’s casino gamble?
(Toronto) -- All eyes will be on the mayor’s executive this morning as it convenes to digest city manager Joe Pennachetti’s casino report – and what a...
article CUPE says NO casino...again
(Toronto) -- The union president representing Toronto's inside city workers is reminding Council today that City workers have said no to a new casino in Toronto.
article Mammoliti makes surprise appearance at city hall
(Toronto) -- A Toronto city councillor who underwent emergency brain surgery earlier this month made a surprise appearance at city hall to voice his support for a...
article Niagara Falls Mayor says casino brought jobs, development to his city
(Toronto) -- As Toronto ponders a casino, the Mayor of Niagara Falls says a casino brought jobs and much-needed development to his city. “There’s the biggest...
article Parkdale-High Park MPP hosts community meeting to discuss potential casino
(Toronto) -- Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo is hosting a community meeting to discuss the proposed casino complex at the Exhibition Place.

4/13/2013

article Anti-casino lobby ramps up campaign
(Toronto) -- No Casino Toronto, the grassroots group started by three women around a dining room table in Etobicoke, says it has the backing of at least half a million...
article Casino proposal to be front and centre at City Hall next week
(Toronto) -- Toronto City Hall will be a busy place next week, with the topic of a casino development being put front and centre once again. City Manager Joe Pennachetti...
article Exhibition Place board backs city manager’s report on casino
(Toronto) -- A conversation on casino concerns preceeded the motion, but the Board of Governors at Exhibition Place voted by a slim margin on Friday, April 12 to endorse...
article Next move in downtown casino up to Ford's executive 166
(Toronto) -- The odds of Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee taking the next step in approving a Toronto casino weren’t clear Friday. While the Exhibition...
article Public deputations on casino plan to be limited at executive committee meeting
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee intends to cut public deputations on the casino report short Monday, April 15 — curtailing speaking time...
article UPDATE Ex board backs city manager's casino report
(Toronto) -- In a 4-3 vote, the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place has endorsed in principle the city manager's report on a possible Toronto casino.

4/12/2013

article Commentary: Crime-casino links should alarm Toronto and Ontario pro-gambling forces
(Toronto) -- If anyone were to suggest to a casino promoter that there is a relationship between organized crime, corruption and the big corporate casinos, the denials...
article Commentary: Research report without research contributes nothing to Toronto casino debate
(Toronto) -- I have studied the casino industry for 18 years and that includes analyzing the actual impacts of casinos in gaming jurisdictions throughout the United...
article OP/ED: Rob Ford notwithstanding, downtown casino a bad bet: Hume
(Toronto) -- To some, all the world’s a sucker. Just ask Toronto mayor Rob Ford, OLG chair Paul Godfrey or any of the many casino proponents now hovering around...
press release Proposed Casino Will Negatively Impact Toronto's Most Vulnerable People
(Toronto) -- As the largest non-governmental provider of direct social services in Canada, The Salvation Army is deeply concerned about the devastating impact a new...
article Salvation Army urges Toronto council to vote against casino
(Toronto) -- The Salvation Army has joined the campaign against building a multi-billion dollar resort and casino complex in downtown Toronto.
article Toronto Casino: Exhibition Place board votes to keep talks open
(Toronto) -- The board that governs Exhibition Place has voted 4-3 to keep the door open to hosting a massive casino resort on the grounds.
article Toronto’s downtown casino: Would it help or hurt the city?
(Toronto) -- A Vegas-style casino could create as much as $148 million in annual revenues for the city of Toronto, but critics say it would increase crime and social...
article Dan Gilbert pitching casino for downtown Toronto
(Detroit) -- Dan Gilbert and partners in Caesars Entertainment will pitch plans for a downtown casino in Toronto to city officials there next week, the Cleveland Plain...

4/11/2013

article Casino approval becoming a long shot
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford’s push for a downtown casino is in jeopardy even before it reaches a council vote, with some members of his executive committee saying...
article Casino fixers stack the deck
(Toronto) -- The long-anticipated city manager’s report on a Toronto casino dropped with a thud Monday morning, April 8. Anyone who bothered to read the city...
article Commentary: Dead man’s hand: Just say no to casinos
(Toronto) -- What could be better than a big casino in downtown Toronto? Why, it’s practically free money! Just pull the lever and hit the jackpot. Jobs and...

4/10/2013

article Casino approval becoming a long shot
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford’s push for a downtown casino is in jeopardy even before it reaches a council vote, with some members of his executive committee saying...
article Casino Toronto: What’s in it for Rob Ford?
(Toronto) -- After months and months of tedious debate, staff at City Hall released their report on the subject of a Toronto casino on Monday. It’s a big document...
article Early council reaction to Mayor Rob Ford’s casino letter
(Toronto) -- Rob Ford has officially reinforced his support of the proposed Toronto casino. Mayor Ford released a letter Monday morning around the same time as the City...
article The definitive guide to the supporters and opponents of a Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- The definitive guide to the supporters and opponents of a Toronto casinoAfter more than a year of debate, Toronto’s still-hypothetical casino will...

4/9/2013

article Casino report: Where the chips will fall on the city’s decision
(Toronto) -- A hotly awaited Toronto city staff report stopped short of recommending council open the door to a downtown casino. It does, however, weigh the opportunity...

4/8/2013

article City report calls for restrictions on casino
(Toronto) -- A Toronto city report recommends that any casino built in downtown Toronto must include more convention and retail space than originally envisioned by the...
article More convention, less gambling: Key report makes downtown casino recommendations, finds majority of Toronto opposes project
(Toronto) -- Mayor Rob Ford and city officials shifted the focus of Toronto’s divisive casino debate to the prospect of gaining more convention space, as a highly...
article Plenty of uncertainty in city casino report
(Toronto) -- The city manager released his much-anticipated casino report on Monday, but it does little to clear up confusion over how much Toronto would benefit from a...
article Staff won't support stand-alone casino: Report
(Toronto) -- Any new casino in the downtown core must be part of a larger “entertainment complex” and not a standalone facility, a report from City Manager...
article Toronto casino could hinge on unique revenue deal
(Toronto) -- Hours after Mayor Rob Ford released an open letter calling a casino a “golden opportunity” for Toronto, the city manager’s released a...
article Toronto casino proposal seeks bigger share of revenues
(Toronto) -- Ontario’s share of gambling revenues would shrink dramatically under a proposal calling for the city of Toronto to receive at least $100-million a...
article Toronto casino report calls for $100M in annual revenue, among 43 conditions
(Toronto) -- The city manager has released a highly-anticipated report on a proposed casino development that comes with a long list of conditions, including a minimum...
article Toronto casino: City needs final plan approval and at least $100M a year, report says
(Toronto) -- If city council opens the door to a downtown Toronto casino resort, it should insist on final approval of the project and an annual hosting fee from the...
article Toronto could score up to a $148M hosting fee for casino
(Toronto) -- Despite the fact they've yet to hammer out a hosting fee agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, city staff estimate Toronto could...
article Toronto should get half of casino hosting fees before approving project: report
(Toronto) -- Toronto should get half of the hosting fees generated from any casino built in the city before it approves the controversial project, a new report...
article Toronto should get half of revenues from casino, report says
(Toronto) -- Toronto should get half the revenues generated by a new casino and convention centre if it approves the controversial project, a new report by municipal...
article Wynne shoots down Toronto’s proposal for two-tiered casino revenue scheme
(Toronto) -- Toronto should only say yes to a downtown casino complex if the province guarantees to give the city a minimum $100-million annually along with an even...
article Ford letter says new casino is a 'golden opportunity'
(Toronto) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has released an open letter calling a downtown casino resort a "golden opportunity" his city can't pass up. Ford's...
article Full text: Rob Ford pens open letter in support of Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- Dear Friends, Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of talk about hosting a new casino in Toronto. I’ve always said I would support a...
article Faith leaders unite to oppose Toronto casino
(Toronto) -- The Toronto Board of Rabbis, along with other groups of GTA faith leaders, has spoken out against the proposed Toronto casino.

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