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December 14, 2012
City of Toronto launching public consultation on casinos
The City of Toronto has launched a website as the start of public consultation on the possible establishment of a casino in Toronto. Community open houses for public consultation will start the second week of January.

The website, which includes the consultation plan and links to background reports, and will provide opportunities to comment in January, is available at

The consultation will gather input, including the public's views and opinions on a casino generally, on possible locations for a casino, and what the public would like Council to consider when making a decision on this matter. The consultation plan encourages public learning and discussion by providing clear information and questions as well as opportunities to participate online and in person.

The consultation will also include workbooks that will be produced and distributed at public meetings and online, and will provide summary information as well as the same questions as the online feedback form. In addition, there will be community open houses and discussions across the city at various times and days of the week, which will give people opportunities to learn more about the process and issues, talk with City staff, join discussion groups and offer their feedback.

Community discussion locations and times:
• Wednesday, January 9: City Hall Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W, 6 to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, January 12: North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St., 1 to 4 p.m.
• Monday, January 14: Etobicoke Olympium Gymnasium, 590 Rathburn Rd., 6 to 9 p.m.
• Thursday, January 17: Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda, 150 Borough Dr., 6 to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, January 19: Bluma Appel Salon at Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., 1 to 4 p.m.

All Torontonians - whether they attend a community discussion or not - are encouraged to fill out the online feedback form when available in January. A report on the public's comments will be made available online after the consultation is complete and provided to City Manager Joe Pennachetti to assist in the preparation of his report to Toronto's Executive Committee in March 2013.

The City Manager will consider the findings of the public consultations in preparing a report on the matter of a possible casino. The City's Executive Committee is expected to consider the report in March. In November, the Executive Committee requested that the City Manager seek the public's input on the establishment of a new casino in Toronto.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Jackie DeSouza
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