Councillor McMahon on a Casino in the GTA

As she has made aware, Councillor McMahon opposes the construction of a casino in our city. She believes that casinos damage the social environment in cities and do not offer the economic benefits they advertise. They negatively affect local businesses and prey on the impulses of the addicted and vulnerable. She believes there are alternative, more innovative and less damaging ways to solve Toronto’s financial troubles. Councillor McMahon has heard from many Ward 32 residents and fellow Torontonians of their opposition to the casino at the five consultations held across the city.

Therefore, Councillor McMahon will not be supporting any proposal to place a casino in our city.

 

4 Comments

  1. JJ says:

    I would very much like the Councillor to share her thoughts on the “alternative, more innovative and less damaging ways to solve Toronto’s financial troubles”. Also, how do casinos “negatively affect local businesses”?
    I appreciate the Councillor’s personal moral position but I strongly suspect the silent majority on this issue is simply that – silent!

    • Edward Birnbaum says:

      Hi JJ,

      Thank you for your message. Councillor McMahon believes that the City of Toronto’s financial shortfall can be greatly reduced through a combination of rigorous financial oversight and economic development. As vice-chair of the Audit Committee, she has worked closely with the Auditor General to root out waste and find efficiencies in the programs that the City of Toronto offers. Just last week Councillor McMahon spoke passionately about potential efficiencies and the need for continual oversight on city projects to ensure taxpayer funds are not wasted.Please see this article. Another example of how Toronto can save money is increased energy efficiency in City of Toronto buildings, which Councillor McMahon has aggressively supported. This small change alone will save the City millions in the future.

      In wider terms, Toronto is already a top tourist destination in North America and the number one reason people travel here is to experience arts and culture. Promoting Toronto’s music, art and theatre community is a sure way to create additional economic benefits for the city government, and Torontonians.

      The casino was a very divisive issue and I appreciate your position. However, Councillor McMahon believes that casinos do not produce the economic benefits that promoters suggest. Walker and Jackson (2007) found that there was no long term economic benefit to casinos in American states and that increases to employment were unproven. Prof. Goodland noted in his book “The Luck Business” (1996) that casinos tend to cannibalize the business that went to local restaurants and shops, hurting their business significantly.

      Finally, Councillor McMahon’s office received an overwhelming number of emails in opposition to a casino and more than 700 signatures on the NO CASINO petition.

      Please do not hesitate to Councillor McMahon’s office anytime.

      Thank you,

      Edward Birnbaum
      Executive Assistant
      Office of Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
      Ward 32, Beaches-East York
      416.338.5229
      Toronto City Hall
      100 Queen Street West, Suite B28
      Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

      • Kevin says:

        As much as I believe any person has a right to their opinions and views, including our misguided councillor, I also firmly believe that they should not impose their views on others! Wow, over 700 persons signed the “No” petition and an overwhelming number of emails too; (can you say too few to even bother counting?); and this in a Ward of thousands of eligible voters! Councillor McMahon should not be imposing her views and opinions on others and her arrogance and sanctimonious attitude has certainly been shining through as of late! I find it totally irresponsible to have voted no to expand the casino at Woodbine. Thanks to her stupidity and audacity, the City has lost hundreds if not thousands of job opportunities as well as an excellent revenue stream. We might as well start calling her Councillor McBussan because that’s who she is reminding a lot of unhappy and dissatisfied voters in Ward 32!

        • Edward Birnbaum says:

          Hi Kevin,

          Thank you for your email. I am sorry that you and Councillor McMahon do not agree on this issue. Councillor McMahon voted with the majority of Toronto City Council to oppose a casino in Toronto. I will relay your thoughts on the issue to the Councillor and I hope that you continue to contact Councillor McMahon’s office with your thoughts on issues before City Council.

          Thank you,

          Edward Birnbaum
          Executive Assistant
          Office of Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
          Ward 32, Beaches-East York
          416.338.5229
          Toronto City Hall
          100 Queen Street West, Suite B28
          Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

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