The signs are not good , regarding to the bild of the new Casino near the Downtown of Toronto. The City’s Mayor Rob For is strongly trying the last days to change the bad climate for the new Casino but the news from the City council are not good at all. We have informed you in the past from our website that the opposing side (the counsellors that don’t want the new Casino to the city of Toronto ) is much better organised and active than the supporting side. Now , one month earlier than the critical day of the final vote for the Casino construction the 21 of the 45 members of the City Council have made clear that they will vote against in the voting process and two others are saying that they feel much more closer to vote against as well. As you understand with 23 votes the NO answer takes the majority and the new Casino project is definitely abandoned. But the bad news are not ending here as the most of the undecided councillors have changed their minds closer to the NO side the last week and the reason is the fact of an old nun that stole $120.000 to go and play at a Casino. The Casino market is on public disgrace after this news and the councillors of Toronto can’t risk their popularity so one by one they are going to the NO side. We have one more month for the big day but the signs are not good for the Toronto Casino that seems to die before its even constructed!
After the legalization of online gaming in New Jersey the state officers waited a raise of the incomes generated by the taxes that would produced by the raise of the total gambling turnover in the state. But the result wasn’t good, because the raise of online gaming resulted to a reduction on the land based Casinos taxes because the local players turned to online gambling because of the ease that online gambling gives to the players as they can gamble from their houses. As if this was not enough , Pensylvania overtook Antlantic city last year as the most popular gambling destination after Las Vegas in the U.S so Moody’s grated badly the city’s credit rating last year and as the bad news for the city continued to come , the prospects for the city’s debt are not good, but for now the situation seems to be stabilized . The legalization of online gaming in the state was an issue that helped the graduation of the city’s credit rating by the Moody’s , as the prospects for the future incomes by the online gaming taxes are good for sure. According to the online gaming law project , the servers that will host the online Casinos should be located in the Atlantic city’s land based Casinos so the state’s government authorities could easily check the income taxes.
It seems that the new Casino project of Toronto has a new opponent against it , as last week the workers’ union of Toronto took a clearly negative position against the new Casino. The voting process inside the union showed that the opposing percentage was about 65 % and about 81% of the voters thought that the crime and the poverty Would be increased by the built of the new Casino. Unions President Tim Maguire stated ’’ Our Union cant imagine any positive consequential of the new Casino project in a city (Toronto) which already faces the problem of a growing poverty and a city that already has weak social structures for its citizens’’. He also predicted that the gambling problems to the average family of Toronto would increase’’ I think that the problem would hardly effect the average family of Toronto as the gambling problems with the new Casino built could be four or five times bigger from what they are now. Whe should notice that the CUPE Local 79 (official name of the Toronto workers Union) counts a number of About 20000 workers that work in plenty of the city’s work places , so the Unions decision couldn’t be easily unnoticed.
The Casino companies have given an ultimatum to the Toronto city’s council to take a decision for the approval or not of a luxury Casino in the city. According to the city press the deadline that the company has given is the upcoming spring. The MGM president Bill Hornbuckle said to the press last week , that his company would like a clear decision till spring 2013. ‘’ It’s a deadline for us, we are waiting for a decision for about a year now, so we would like a clear decision ,positive or negative till the spring so the company could examine its alternative solutions for our Casino project.’’ he said. On the other hand, the city council doesn’t seem to be bothered from the company’s ultimatum and some of the councils representatives said to the press that the council couldn’t take a final decision before the long awaited report from the city manager comes to their hand. The council have already made clear that they wont say the big ‘’YES’’ if the annual income for the city will be an amount below 100 million dollars. So these are the new facts in the famous ‘’Toronto Casino’’ case this week. Stay tuned for fresh news about the case every week only from our site.
The Casino policy regarding the Toronto Casino project won’t be different from the other Canadian provinces policies. The Ontario province government decided to end the rumours and the voices that talked about a special treatment to the funding of the Toronto Casino project by the official state government compared to the previous projects in other provinces in the past. “The hosting formula for Toronto will be the same as the one for other communities. All Canadian provinces and all Ontario’s regions should be treated the same way so they can all share in the benefits.” A government official representative stated. The rumours started last week by The Globe article in which it was mentioned that the funding for the new Casino project in Toronto by the Crown Company that belongs to the state will be twice the funding of the other states. Some mayors of other Canadian states and more specifically of other Ontarian states asked for explanations in public from the official government so they forced the Ontario government to make the oficial states to the press that calmed down all the incensed mayors. The Liberals party , that controls the government of the Ontario province see their popularity falling down the last months after some decisions they took about the farmers and they wouldn’t stand another black point to their electoral period as the Ontario state considered to be critical for the party’s future.
Stories of Canadian political scene are opposite to the master plan of the total liberation of online gambling and the built of new Casinos in Ontario. The party is totally opposite with this perspective and they say that the province should better invest to the improvement of the already existing horse-racing industry . The Liberals that are the Canadian government right now have cancelled the program for the horse – race operators as the government decided to promote the online gaming and the new Casino building project. Tim Hudak who is the leader of the opposition party said that the online gambling is not the solution to the problems of the province and said that the termination of the horse – race industry would cost to the region about 60000 – 70000 work places. ‘’ The province needs a pro-jobs policy and the termination of the horse race industry is not the solution . In case we are the next government we’ll give a boost to that economical sector’’ Hudak said to the press last week. ‘’The government’s plans for online gambling by the end of this year is only a new way to find new taxes and nothing more and the only result will be the loss of 65000 work places’’ he said.
The upcoming built of the new Casino in Toronto seems to be delayed for one more time for the last ten months, a period that the ‘’Toronto Casino’’ series goes on. More specifically , the city’s mayor , waited for a very important report regarding the new Toronto Casino gaming facilities . Well, this report won’t arrive till next month so as you all unterstand the voting plan should go at least 3 weeks back. The 20th of March was the date that all the gamblers waiting in Toronto , but they will be all disappointed. At least for the next two or three weeks. A spokeswoman from the Canadian television said yesterday hat there is not a definite date for the new voting procedure , but this could be in the next scheduled city’s council on April 23. So it seems that the new date that has been arranged for the final decision is now the April 23. The positive is that the Casino’s representatives are not disappointed with the turn of the events but on the opposite they think it is a good chance for the Toronto audience , to know better the whole project for the new Casino. Rod Phillips, CEO of the Ontario Lottery said “We think the most important thing is that the citizens and, finally, the city council will have a new chance to work with the project ,to learn more for our opinion about the city’s future and our Company’s view for the new Toronto Casino”. More to come in the following days.
It seems that the upcoming new Canadian Casino in Toronto has serious opponents before its opening. More specifically , within the public debate for the built or not of a new Casino in the city of Toronto the city’s counsellors seem to have serious disagreements about the new Casino project of the city. One great opponent to this new project is Sandy Garossino. This woman is determined to stop the built of the casino to the city of Toronto as she did in Vancouver where she pushed hard the ‘’no’’ propaganda against the built of a Casino there. That’s why she attended to the city council of Toronto last week in which she developed her thoughts about the entrance of a gaming place in the city. ‘’ Casino industry’s only target is to milk the money of the people, nothing more and nothing less’’ she said to the council. But Sandy Garossino is not alone in her effort as the former city of Toronto mayor , David Crombie is opponent to the Casino built to. David Crombie is taking part of the city councils the last months that conversation is taking place and he don’t miss the chance to publish his ‘’no’’ thoughts every time he can. “They use numbers that are, well, fantastic. They give us fantastic numbers because they are not believable,” he said to the press recently So , the debate in Toronto continues and the final decision by the city council is now a matter of time, but the outcome is yet unknown.
We have told you many times in the past that online gaming and gambling generally are extremely addictive habbits that everyone should control before they drive them to dangerous paths. A respectable priest was jailed last week according to the court because he has gambled church’s money playing slot machines. More specifically, Father John Fitzmaurice, 57 years old, gambled 150,000 dollars in total in a period of five and a half years. So the court found him guilty last week and sentensed him with the penalty of two years and three months in prison. The priest was opposed to eight federal charges and the judge John Macdonald yesterday found him guilty. Despite the priest’s action, the officials of the local church support him and they say that he could continue doing his job in the future after his release. Furthermore they say that may be doing again his job in the same church would be a mistake but he could start in another church instead. ‘’ Church should forgive their children like our god does’’ and ‘’ He’s part of the church family. We’ll support him all the way,” some priests said outside the court. We should say here that all of the priests legal bills are paid from the official church organization.
It’s always a difficult situation for everyone to have any kind of argument with a casino. Casinos always are parts of huge Companies with countless dollars behind them and with the best lawyers to represent them, so its very difficult for one person to have a litigation with a Casino, even if they are really rich. There were many players in the past that went to the courts opponent to the Casinos because they lost huge amounts of money there, but the winners always were the Casinos. Another story between gamblers and the Fallsview Casino took place recently in Ontario. More specifically the ‘’ big whales’’ Joaquim Moreira, Moshe Braunstein, Remo Gigliotti and Tebaldo Barbuscio had lost an amount of about 2 million dollars after they spent lots of hours in Ontario’s Casino roulette. After their huge loss the gamblers decided to go to the Court of Appeal for Ontario against the Fallsview Casino and take their money back, so they sued the Casino for 4 million dollars. As expected, the 4 roulette players have lost both of their battles with the Casino and further more the court made them to pay an extra 200.000 dollars for Casino’s legal bills! For the history, two of the players, Braunstein and Barbuscio had taken gambling loans from the Casino back in 2008 and 2009 and the court decided against them which means that the players after their first huge loss, now they have to pay their loans back as well!