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   Monday, July 22 2024 
The expansion of Woodbine casino receives green light - Toronto

The expansion of the casino at Woodbine Racetrack had just received the approval of the municipality of Toronto. The elected officials of the city voted for the project at this gambling facility in the northwest of Toronto during its monthly council meeting. Having already made known its opinion on the project as a response to the creation of employment in the city, Mayor John Tory voted on Wednesday for the project. But the project was not unanimous among local councilors. Indeed, the proposed development of the casino at Woodbine Racetrack was voted 25 against 19. Mike Layton, Toronto city councilor, was among the elected officials who voted against the project based on social problems and health associated with gambling. The counselor Joe Cressy was also opposed to the project, indicating that gambling establishments are harmful to residents.

But the project was approved under several conditions, including the construction of an entertainment center but not only casino games and the conclusion of an agreement with any union that wants to represent the employees of the center. According to the general manager of the city of Toronto, John Lively, the city can at any time withdraw its support if the conditions are not met. Note that the Woodbine facility offers currently 3,000 slot machines and 180 gaming tables. The proposal presented to the City Council provided over 2,000 machines and 120 additional gaming tables. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation believes that the economic benefits could amount to nearly $ 30 million.

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