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Casino Facts

1997 Referendum Results

In a 1997 City of Toronto referendum, 70.6% of residents voted against the opening and operation of a casino in Toronto. This time around, the Province made clear they will not take a municipal referendum into consideration in deciding the proposed casino location. Read full 1997 referendum results here    

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Will a mega casino affect traffic & parking?

Yes.  This is inevitable.  A mega casino will result in worse gridlock and a massive parking lot, as 1 parking space is required for each slot machine and 2 parking spaces for each employee. Torontonians need to know if a study has been conducted to determine the impact of traffic density if a resort casino […]

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Will a mega casino cause a higher crime rate?

Yes.  Studies show that of all forms of gambling, casinos have the greatest potential to increase crime. Fraud – Money Laundering - Bad Cheques – Bad Loans -  Theft and Cheating at Play Furthermore, since subsidized alcohol is provided, studies have shown an increase in alcohol related offences (driving while intoxicated). The necessary increase in policing […]

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Will a mega casino increase problem gambling?

Yes. Studies show that of all forms of gambling, casinos have the greatest potential to increase problem gambling.(14) Problem gamblers impose costs on the rest of society. Research confirms the resulting social impact will include: an increase in bankruptcies, unemployment, welfare, medical and criminal justice costs, problem gamblers who suffer from depression, anxiety, financial and […]

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Should Toronto be concerned that the construction of a mega casino will result in another tax burden for Torontonians?

Yes.  Studies show that the costs of the social problems a casino creates far outweigh the economic benefits.(13) Another concern is Paul Godfrey’s and the OLG’s assurance to Torontonians that the increased use of the private sector in a casino development will prevent taxpayers from assuming a financial burden. Torontonians should remember Paul Godfrey’s promise […]

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Will the OLG’s new business strategy create jobs?

No. The OLG’s projections are misleading and should be carefully scrutinized. For example, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan boasts that the OLG’s mega casino will provide up to 2,300 net new jobs.(11) The OLG’s business strategy, however not only includes a mega casino in Toronto but ends the Slots-at –Racetracks program, a successful partnership with the […]

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Will a mega casino help local tourism, entertainment & businesses?

No. This is a popular misconception.  Most casinos will not bring in tourists to the area and become a destination gambling location the likes of Las Vegas.  Rather, communities will be dealing with a situation of convenience where local people will be mainly coming from the surrounding area.(9) A mega casino, comes with bars, restaurants, […]

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Is an economic development strategy based on casino revenue sound economic policy?

No. This hasn’t proven the case in several US cities and there is no reason to believe that Toronto will be different. The OLG holds out the promise of financial benefits for the City of Toronto.  Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan asks Torontonians to, “Imagine an anchor that could create a golden mile on Toronto’s […]

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