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Casino in Toronto: Smart money maker or policy disaster?

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Here’s what we’re talking about this week:

Casino in Toronto
Opening a casino in the GTA is problematic, to say the least. Aside from the issues of morality and social balance, there’s also the question of whether this will even work, since a local casino is likely to cannibalize revenue from border casinos that are already struggling.

Rob Ford’s integrity troubles
Mayor Ford got into some trouble by using city hall letterhead to solicit donations to his football foundation from private interests, a violation of the municipal code of conduct. Now a lawsuit is seeking Ford’s ouster. While it’s almost inconceivable that a judge might – quite legally – remove the mayor of Canada’s largest city from office, why didn’t Ford take steps to avoid this whole mess in the first place?

Editorial page editor Andrew Phillips is joined by editorial board members Gordon Barthos, Kerry Gillespie and Leslie Papp.


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Very bad idea!

Did you read the Drummond Report: it's a copy paste of IMF policies. Decrease social services, health care, education, increase fees, fiscal austerity at all cost without touching anything to corporates and financial services, increase the number of LCBO so that you can access easily to alcohol and now the casino in the major urban area. Now you may call this a left wing government but it doesn't stand a second look.

The ontario liberal government has sold out it's own people (to the US no less) by greenlighting this proposal for the OLG. Not only will it desimate the horse racing industry in ontario, it will destroy the lives of all those who make thier living in relation to this industry and it will eliminate all the economic spinoffs for rural ontario. Upwards of 60,000 lives will be affected. Some to the point of complete devastation of thier livelihoods, homes and life as they know it. The arrangement now in place is a money maker for ontario, see for yourself at www.value4money.ca
I urge ontarians to show some compassion, and put themselves in the shoes of the many that will suffer if this proposal moves ahead. Many rural areas struggle for funds to provide infastructure, parks and the like, to make thier communities a nice place to live. They do not have the benefit of the masses to collect taxes from like the large cities, but they are still a vital and important part of the fabric of the province. Many municipalities will be losing out on thier share of the revenue from the slots at tracks programs, so where are they to recover this lost revenue? I can only see a raise in taxes for rural ontarians.
The other thing that Toronto should be worried about is that the next in line to do business in your city is the Nevada brothel owner of the bunny ranch. He has expressed interest in opening shop in Toronto, so be prepared to be known for the first province in Canada to open a legal whorehouse. Keep your eyes and ears peeled people, he could be coming into YOUR neighbourhood.

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