Give Your Input: Possibility of a Casino in Toronto + Ontario’s Proposed Regulations for Debt Settlement Companies

This video presents “The public weighs in on a Toronto casino”:

  • Wed, Oct 10, 2012: City Hall is holding public consultations to hear from the residents of Toronto on the possibility of a casino in the city’s future
  • Jackson Proskow reports

Toronto casino consultation

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, is seeking the public’s input on the possible establishment of a casino in Toronto:

  • The consultation will gather input, including your views and opinions on:

    • the following possible locations for a new casino:
      • Exhibition Place

      • the Portlands

      • a downtown location

      • one exiting facility (Woodbine Racetrack)

    • a casino generally:

      • info on potential revenues and costs associated with establishing a casino generally, and where possible in each location

      • other potential issues such as:
        • social
        • health
        • employment
        • tourism
        • traffic infrastructure
        • land use impacts
    • what the public would like City Council’s Executive Committee to consider when making a decision on this matter

  • Please click here for:
    • Background Information

    • Toronto Facts and Figures

    • Info on Who’s Who in the Casino Question

  • All feedback must be received by January 25, 2013:
    • The results of the public consultation will form part of the information that City Council will consider when making a decision about a new casino in Toronto

      • In February 2013, the City Manager Joe Pennachetti will receive a report on the findings of the consultation

      • The City Manager will consider this information when writing his report to the Executive Committee  which will consider the possible establishment of a casino in Toronto at its meeting on March 20, 2013

    • Council will also have information from stakeholder consultations, staff reports, and feedback from constituents to consider in its decision-making

Here are the following opportunities for you to participate:

  • Take part in community discussions:
    • Join the City at a community open house and discussion to learn more about the process and issues, talk with City staff, and join discussion groups

    • All community discussion venues are fully accessible

      • If you require additional support to participate in a community discussion, please contact them as soon as possible and City staff will make every effort to accommodate your needs

    • Drop-in anytime during one of the following open houses:
      • Wednesday, January 9

        Toronto City Hall Rotunda
        100 Queen Street West
        6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      • Saturday, January 12

        North York Memorial Hall
        5110 Yonge Street, lower level
        1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      • Monday, January 14

        Etobicoke Olympium Gymnasium
        590 Rathburn Road
        6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      • Thursday, January 17

        Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda
        150 Borough Drive
        6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      • Saturday, January 19

        Bluma Appel Salon at Reference Library
        789 Yonge Street
        1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Speak on the item at City Council’s Executive Committee
    • The City Manager was asked to conduct public consultations and report to the Executive Committee on March 20, 2013 on the results of the consultation and any further analysis conducted

    • A summary of the public consultation along with public input will be provided along with the City Manager’s report and will also be posted to the City’s website and Open Data page

    • If you would like to submit comments or speak at this meeting of Executive Committee you can contact the Committee Secretary once the agenda for this meeting is posted in March

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Please click here for more info on the Toronto Casino Consultation.

This video presents “The Experts Speak: Handling debt”:

  • How to Get Out of Debt: The Experts Speak Consumer expert Alison Griffiths, Toronto Star columnist and host of Maxed Out, gives advice on handling debt
  • Consolidate and focus on highest rate debt
  • Put other saving and spending aside until you gain control

Ontario's Proposed Regulations for Debt Settlement Companies
Ontario’s Proposed Regulations for Debt Settlement Companies

Ontario Protecting Consumers Seeking Financial Help

Also, the Government of Ontario in Canada wants your comments regarding regulatory proposals on debt settlement companies.

In order to protect consumers from exaggerated claims and abusive practices, Ontario intends to regulate debt settlement companies via new regulations which will:

  • Ban debt settlement companies from charging up-front fees
  • Limit the amount of fees consumers are charged
  • Require clear, transparent contracts
  • Implement a 10-day cooling-off period

The government has posted regulatory proposals for public comment:

Comments Due Date: February 25, 2013
Ministry Contact Address: Debt Settlement Consultation
Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch
Ministry of Consumer Services
5th Floor, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3

Did you know…?

  • There are over 20 debt settlement companies operating in Ontario
  • Average consumer debt in Ontario is up to $25,447 in the second quarter of 2012, compared to $24,721 in the second quarter of 2011

For more info regarding Ontario Taking Steps to Regulate Debt Settlement Companies, please click here.


Bryan Leblanc
Minister’s Office

Ministry of Consumer Services

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


January 3, 2013

Public input invited in Toronto casino consultation

The City of Toronto’s casino consultation is now open for public input. From January 3 to January 25, members of the public can get information, download materials and provide their input at

The City has also scheduled five sessions to provide opportunities for people to learn more about the consultation process, join discussions on key topics, speak with staff and provide input. Members of the public are invited to drop in any time during the following open houses:
• Wednesday, January 9: 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 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 at

The public consultation closes on January 25, the last date that input will be accepted. The findings of the consultation will be provided to City Manager Joe Pennachetti to assist in the preparation of his report to Toronto’s Executive Committee, which will consider the possible establishment of a casino in Toronto at its meeting on March 20. A report on the public’s comments will also be made available on the City’s website at that time.

The plan for consultation results from an Executive Committee request to the City Manager for public input on the possible establishment of a 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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