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[URBAN NOTE] "Mayor Rob Ford says he knows what Toronto wants: a casino"

The Toronto Star's Oakland Ross reports.

Toronto residents still have five days to speak out on the controversial prospect of casino development in their city, but Mayor Rob Ford says he already knows what most people think.

“I have a pretty good feeling of what they want out there,” Ford said during his weekly two-hour radio program on Sunday. “How can people say no to this?”

An outspoken proponent of casinos, the mayor devoted much of his radio show to extolling the benefits — in jobs and revenue — that he says would flow from the construction of a major casino somewhere downtown, along with an expansion of the gambling attractions already available at Woodbine Racetrack.

His brother Doug — radio co-host and city councilor for Ward 2, which contains Woodbine — is also an enthusiastic advocate for casino development and joined the mayor on air in promoting the expansion of gambling facilities in Toronto.

“This is all about creating jobs, folks,” he said.

[. . .]

During their radio program Sunday, the Ford brothers said the two gambling proposals, taken together, would create 10,000 jobs and raise as much as $200-million in additional revenues annually.

They denied the project would attract crime to the city.
Tags: economics, politics, toronto, urban note
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