Tory open to restarting debate on expanded gaming at Woodbine
Woodbine Entertainment Group is reportedly lobbying Mayor John Tory and other city Councillors to reconsider a ban on gambling at the track beyond their current slot machines.
According to reports from CP24, spokesperson from Tory’s office said the mayor is open to revisiting the debate on expanding beyond the companies current 3,000 slot machines.
Back in May 2013, councilors voted 24-20 in favour of banning a gambling expansion at Woodbine. The rejection came following a tense meeting where the more controversial idea of building a large downtown casino was ultimately shot down 40-4.
Tory has reportedly met with representatives from Woodbine, but will only approve expanded gambling at the racetrack if its part of a bigger proposal that would include plans for a hotel, restaurants, and other facilities.
According to the Toronto Star, Woodbine’s mandate is to grow beyond the horse breeding and racing industry, but wants the city to articulate the vision. Woodbine president Nick Eaves says the process is to “create an environment where the city is supportive of looking at the options.”