Canadian Hall of Fame member Robert Burgess has written to the Ontario Liberal Government pointing out that the government's Transition Panel' for racing's projections of only $10 Million in purses for racetracks beyond Woodbine facilities is virtually a death sentence for racing elsewhere in Ontario.
Burgess' letter also states that gaming at racetrack slots facilities is traditionally up 10 to 20 percent on race days, so the government is setting itself up for a $50 Million hit to its own coffers by eliminating so many race dates.
Also, owner Ed James has placed his third full-page advertisement in the Toronto Star (Feb. 23 edition) in another attempt to enlighten the general public on the repercussions of Paul Godfrey's gaming modernization plan.
"Your only chance to stop this nonsense of a casino or slot machine on every corner is your local councillors,” he writes.
James urges everyone to contact their local representatives because it is their voices that will decide whether individual municipalities sign on for this kind of blight.
In addition, Tuesday's (Feb. 26) edition of the Toronto Star includes an editorial which states that the recent bankruptcy of the Revel is a warning for Toronto that putting a casino downtown is akin to chasing fool's gold.
Burgess' letter can be read by clicking here.
To see James' advertisement, click here.
To read the Toronto Star editorial, click here.