Plans being made to try to reopen Woodbine casino debate
Plans are being made to try to reopen the Woodbine casino debate.
Back in May, council voted against expanding Woodbine at the same time that they voted against allowing for a casino downtown.
Councillor Doug Ford and his brother promised on Newstalk 1010's The City back in June that they would bring the issue back.
Councillor Ford says the "first hurdle" is to pass a motion that will be introduced at executive committee next week.
The motion asks council to enter into an updated municipal contribution agreement with the OLG that would see the city get revenue share from slots and any future live tables at Woodbine (see below).
Councillor Ford says he would like to see live tables there.
"It would sure help us make an overall complex and allow us to build a hotel and have an entertainment complex," he says, although he admits, "that's a little ways off."
But to bring live tables to Woodbine would require a two-thirds majority at council to reopen the expansion debate.
Councillor Ford admits he doesn't know whether they could get those votes.
"My biggest concern right now is trying to get a two-thirds vote," he says. "I know we can get 51 per cent."
Councillor Mike Layton, who led the anti-casino push, says the debate is done and should not be revisited.
"There should be no reason that this needs to be brought back and hashed out again and more money spent and more time spent," Layton says. "It's time that we focused on things that build a really great city, and not just continuously rehash these tired old ideas."