From Councillor Mike Layton’s Email Newsletter:
It’s no secret that I am opposed to the OLG’s proposal for a mega casino downtown and in our ward at Exhibition Place. Last spring I moved a motion to stop the proposal from coming to Ontario Place [pdf] and in May I published an opinion piece in The Toronto Star after speaking before a committee of the Province [thestar]. More recently I went head-to-head with MGM in a debate at Revival and online in a Huffington Post article. I also published a piece for Now Magazine. Each of those pieces covers different arguments on why the casino is a bad bet for Toronto.
Many, from residents associations to businesses to the president of the Toronto Blue Jays, have come out opposed to the casino. I have also heard directly from over 1,500 ward 19 residents opposed to the casino. Things continue to heat up in this debate and today the Canadian National Exhibition Association issued a cease and desist letter [pdf] to MGM, which has been using their logos and imagery to promote the casino proposal.
We were supposed to debate this issue at Council in the next few weeks but the Mayor recently delayed the vote. We don’t know when it will come forward, but the decision will likely be made in April or early May. In the meantime No Casino Toronto continues to organize across this city. They have lawn signs available by request here. In order to stop the casino, we need the support of my fellow councillors so please ask your friends and family to sign the petition at nocasinotoronto.com/take-action and like No Casino Toronto online at facebook.com/nocasinotoronto.
March 13: Fort York Casino Town Hall
Want to stop a mega casino next door? Join Councillor Mike Layton and Fort York Neighbours’ panel discussion on the impact of a mega-casino downtown or at Exhibition Place Wednesday March 13, 7:30pm 231 Fort York Blvd (map) multipurpose room behind the concierge. A mega casino at exhibition place or nearby would:
- Increase traffic in our neighbourhood: upwards of 40,000 more vehicle trips a day
- Cannibalize local businesses and arts
- Double gambling addiction in the City of Toronto according to our Medical Officer of Health
- Increase crime in our neighbourhood
- Increase local pollution by adding more cars on our roads and causing even more traffic
- Cost us more than we gain
Download the flyer here [pdf].
March 14: Liberty Village Casino Town Hall
Do you want a casino in your neighbourhood?Join Councillor Mike Layton and the Liberty Village BIA at a town hall meeting to discuss the large casino and entertainment facility proposed for Exhibition Place.Thursday March 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm Brazen Head Irish Pub, 4th Floor 165 East Liberty Street (map) drop in – the discussion will be on-going Light snacks are provided courtesy of the Brazen Head Irish Pub. Additional food and drink orders, at your expense, can be made on-site. See the flyer here [pdf].