Debate over Woodbine Racetrack casino resumes at city hall
City Council is re-opening the debate on expanded gambling at Woodbine Racetrack.
Councillors voted almost unanimously on Wednesday on approving a review that would examine the requirements, risks, and merits associated with increased gambling at the venue.
It was only just in 2012 when the previous executive committee 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.
Speaking with reporters, Tory said he thinks its worthwhile to review the possibility of putting a casino in the Rexdale area of Etobicoke, calling it a “catalyst” for economic development.
Councillor James Pasternak was the only nay vote, while Councillor Mike Layton did raise some concerns, saying he believes the city should ensure any new jobs are “good jobs” and not just “jobs.”
According to City Staff, they would need to decide on whether or not they support a casino by this fall in order to align with the OLG’s process.