During the spring of 2013, the casino debate raging around Toronto city hall was all abuzz. The city was divided between people who supported the project, and those opposed – all of whom expressed their interests to their city councilors for months on end.
In the end, the casino proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by a council vote of 40-4, with one abstention. Toronto would not be the heart of the OLG’s gambling modernization strategy as initially proposed, and the city began thinking of new ways to generate revenue.
But one man, Rick Keevil has a new idea that could revitalize the Toronto casino plans. Keevil believes casino revenue is an excellent way to support investments in public transit and local infrastructure.
Keevil’s proposal is to avoid building a casino on city property by instead using Toronto’s subway cars as a travelling casino. The idea would be to remodel some of the cars to incorporate casino games during times of the day outside of rush hour, as well as after hours until the subway closes around two in the morning.
Keevil believes a travelling casino would address many of the concerns that led to councilors rejecting the initial casino proposal. Without development on city land, Toronto would eliminate the cost to build the casino, and there would be no concerns of congested parking in the already overburdened downtown core.
The travelling casino would also help alleviate problem gambling concerns. Rather than spend hours at a time gambling in a casino entertainment centre, Torontonians could play a few hands or spin the slots between subway destinations, and know when to walk away at their stop.
What do you think? Is a travelling casino a good idea for Toronto?