by Peter Conradi/Bullet News
One day after Niagara Falls council voted to voice concern to the province about the possibility of a casino in Toronto, the head of the government's new panel to make recommendations on the future uses for Ontario Place refused to rule out the possibility of a new gaming facility.
While John Tory said he was lukewarm to the idea of providing more places for Ontarians to gamble, he said nothing is ruled out at this time. Tory, the former leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives who was named to his new post Wednesday, acknowledged that a casino is one of the options.
"We're not ruling anything in or out, and the government hasn't ruled anything in or out either," Tory told reporters at Queen's Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Tourism Minister Michael Chan echoed those comments, saying options for the waterfront land are "wide-open" at the moment.
That won't be welcome news for Niagara Falls politicians, who voted unanimously Tuesday night to contact the province, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. and the Ministry of Tourism to express their worry about the negative impact a casino in Toronto would have on the local operations, and to also encourage government officials to expedite the construction of a 7,000-seat entertainment complex at Fallsview Casino.