OPSEU wants McGuinty to come clean on GTA casino plans
When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced earlier this month plans to bring a casino to the GTA, speculation was rampant that Ontario Place would be converted into a world-class gambling den.
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#1 Mar 31, 2012
The greatest development project in North America is currently underway in the geographic heart of the GTA, but no one seems to know about it. The Town of Markham has been building a downtown for itself, east of Warden and 407, which has been in the planning stages since the mid 90's. The main builder, and owner of the land, Remington Group, have a dream to make downtown markham a world-class area, full of high-end retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment. It is the largest LEED-certified, mixed-use development in North America. About 5 years ago they started work on the main residential area which is just about complete. They recently started building a VIP Cineplex and retail facility, as well as facilities for the Pan Am Games. Last Novemeber, the media reported that Graeme Roustan and friends have plans to build and NHL-sized arena there for concerts and shows. If anyone has seen the area, it is a large piece of prime, undeveloped real-estate, right in the geographic heart of the GTA. The plans that Remington Group have for the area are very amibitious, and back in the 90's they were called crazy. However, many great visionaries throughout history have faced ridicule from doubters claiming that large projects could not be achieved. Remington Group is on a path to prove everyone wrong and by 2020 Downtown Markham will be the envy of the Province and the world. Based on everything I've heard/read on the new GTA Casino, the province wants to casino to be close to the people, be privately funded and operated, and be in-line with the developmental plans of a municipality. I do not think that the casino will be built at Ontario Place. Instead, I think that the province has known for a while that this grand project is underway in Markham, Ontario, and they want to get in on the action. I also believe that a casino in downtown markham would be privately funded and would require little investment from OLG. DOWNTOWN MARKHAM 2020!!!!
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