Little Time Left Before Casino Decision
It appears there's about a month left before Toronto city council votes on a Hogtown casino, with the issue expected to come up at the next meeting in early April.
With the stakes so high, both sides of the debate appear to be going all in.
Casino giant MGM has been lobbying hard, showing off a model of its vision for a gaming resort at Exhibition Place, which is said to include restaurant and hotel space, expanded transit, and a place for the CNE and Honda Indy.
It will unveil that vision publicly on Wednesday morning.
Newstalk 1010's John Tory got an early look at the plans.
Wynn Resorts also wrote a letter to city manager Joe Pennachetti Monday expressing interest in a Toronto casino saying in an email to Newstalk 1010 "our goal is to create a luxury resort that will confirm Toronto as a major global tourist and convention destination."
At the same time anti-casino activists like Maureen Lynett say "time is running out."
The co-founder of No Casino Toronto has brought in a woman who helped lead the fight against a casino in Vancouver, looking for advice on how to maximize their message.
Right now No Casino Toronto is planning on making appearances at subway stations, malls, and more in order to try and spread the word.
"Watch for us in the next four weeks because we are going to be making an impact on this city," she said.
Councillor Doug Ford is pro-casino and his message to those opposing a casino is that if Toronto doesn't get one, another GTA municipality will.
"Why give the 905ers the income when we need the income?" He asked.
For other councillors that have seen the plans, there are still more questions but Councillor Mark Grimes, chair of the Exhibition Place Board sees some benefit.
"It was just great to hear that they are taking the CNE into account in the planning," he told Newstalk 1010.
Councillor Norm Kelly was impressed by the plans.
"They had done their homework."
"I'm discounting the models at this point," said Councillor Frank Di Giorgio who is still waiting to see the numbers, expected in the city managers report that will come to the Executive Committee later this month.