City Council will be discussing expanded gambling at Woodbine Race Track on Tuesday.
If passed, Woodbine could go from 2,000 to 5,000 slot machines, and could add 120 tables.
Mayor John Tory has been vocal about the issue, particularly when it comes to a casino. He’s said he’s in favour of the expansion if it will lead to a casino and other entertainment development projects being built in the northwestern area, which according to the Toronto Star, has seen its employment rate decline by 26% over the last decade.
Councillor Mike Layton is among those who think that economic development would be valuable in the neighborhood, but thinks a casino would have a negative impact in the long run, suggesting it would suck money out of the local economy.
Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, as well as Councillors James Pasternak and Paul Ainslie have told reporters they will be voting against the expansion.