5 Things To Know
City staff support expanded gambling at Woodbine. Huge increase in noise complaints prompts city meeting. Research shows that Tim Hortons is Canada’s most trusted brand. Rogers to buy Mobilicity for $465M. Pending Board of Governors approval, NHL will go to 3-on-3 overtime for 5 minutes in regular season.
CITY STAFF SUPPORT EXPANDED GAMBLING AT WOODBINE
Former Mayor Rob Ford released a statement today calling for an expansion of the Woodbine Casino. That’s after a report from the city yesterday suggested that expanding gaming at Woodbine could generate an extra $14 million for the city. The report supports the move which will be discussed by the Executive Committee next week. As it stands, Woodbine has about 3, 000 slot machines, but the report says the site could host an additional 2, 000 machines and up to 300 live dealer tables. In one of several polls which asked about expanded gambling, 34% of city residents said they support they idea, with 25% saying they’re against it. Mayor John Tory has previously said he would consider the addition of tables, but only if that was part of a larger proposal including an integrated entertainment complex, which would mean more jobs and development for the area. Ford says he’s been saying for years that an expansion would mean thousands of jobs, both in construction and operations.
HUGE INCREASE IN NOISE COMPLAINTS PROMPT CITY MEETING
The city has organized some public meetings about noise pollution after a survey found 82.5 per cent of Torontonians are upset with how loud their neighbourhood has become. The survey found that 54 per cent of those upset with the noise have filed a noise complaint at some point. Some of the biggest offenders include construction and traffic noise, like motorcycles and delivery trucks along with amplified sound from concerts. The city’s municipal standards department says they’ve had an increase of over 300 per cent in noise complaints and an over 700 per cent increase on complaints related to construction. A public meeting was held last night at city hall and another goes tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North York civic centre. Staff will report to the Licensing and Standards Committee this fall on the consultation findings and possible bylaw changes.
RESEARCH SHOWS TIM HORTONS IS CANADA’S MOST TRUSTED BRAND
Canadian consumers trust Canadian companies according to a newly-released survey. A total of 3,125 consumers were asked to score 249 companies across 22 industries and Tim Horton’s placed number one. People can now submit their dream donut, inspired by a family recipe for Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts Challenge and they’ll be whittled down by a panel of judges and then the public. Tim Hortons will then sell them in stores next year with the most popular one winning a $10,000 prize.
ROGERS TO BUY MOBILICITY
Another big change is coming to Canada’s cellphone market. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Mobilcity is being bought by Rogers Communications at a price tag of $465 million.
PENDING APPROVAL: NHL WILL GO TO 3-ON-3 OVERTIME
In a bid to reduce the number of NHL shootouts, the league’s board of governors is expected today to okay 3-on-3 hockey for the 5 minute overtime period. They figure that’ll create more scoring chances. They’ll also vote on a recommendation to allow for coaches’ challenges for offside goals and goalie interference calls.