The report will go to the board of health later this month.
In it Dr. David McKeown recommends minimizing health impacts by:
- limiting activity to 18 hours per day
- eliminating casino loyalty programs
- prohibiting ATMs on casino floors
- banning alcohol from gaming areas
Coun. Paula Fletcher, a member of the board of health, says these kind of restrictions are key.
"Many people have talked about problem gambling and that's where about a third of revenues come from," said Fletcher. "So [Dr. McKeown] is saying if you are going to have a casino you need to build a firewall around problem gamblers."
Fletcher says McKeown's recommendations should be built into any bids the city considers.
"We'll have a made-in-Toronto casino, not that I really support a casino," said Fletcher.
The public will consulted on the casino idea before council makes a final decision.
Mayor Ford says he is supportive of the idea if a casino could generate more than $100 million annually for the city.Suggest a correction