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Markham votes against reopening casino debate

Markham city council has voted against reopening a debate over a proposed casino.

This comes one week after Toronto city council voted 40-4 against a downtown casino and against expansion at Woodbine.

The motion was rejected by a vote of 9-4 Tuesday evening.

City council in Vaughan is also holding a separate meeting to consider a casino.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) wants to build a casino in southern Ontario. It is also considering Mississauga, Milton and Pickering as possible locations.

If a casino is built in Vaughan, it would have a negative effect on Woodbine, Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Nick Eaves warned.

Without the long-term, sustainable revenue offered by an expansion, Woodbine’s horse racing operations – and, by extension, the entire sector – would be at risk.

“A competing casino in a neighbouring municipality, which could be devastating to our operations, to our core business and to horse racing in Ontario,” Eaves said last week.