Vancouver City Councillor

Toronto casino neither “most amazing thing ever” nor “deepest depths of hell”

According to the Mayor of Brantford, Ont., whose town has hosted a casino since 1999, a new waterfront casino in Toronto – if it is ever approved — “is not going to be the most amazing thing ever.

“But you’re not going to drop into the deepest depths of Hell,” says Chris Friel. “It will be somewhere in the middle. The truth is that, just as we function now, you will function in the same way. It is . . . just another industry.”

The titanic struggle over the Toronto casino, slated to be much larger than the proposed Vancouver casino if is approved, has more twists and turns than the PNE rollercoaster.

Just in the last week, the casino proponents have held a massive job fair and Premier Kathleen Wynne has called the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) on the carpet to warn executive they cannot offer Toronto a special deal. Toronto papers say they will get the deal anyway.

Now OLG is said to be looking at alternate locations . . . and all this with the Toronto council vote still weeks away.