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Toronto's chief medical officer wants casino restrictions

11/10/2012 10:01 EST | Updated 01/10/2013 05:12 EST
Toronto's chief medical officer is proposing a number of restrictions, should Toronto decide to allow a casino in the city.

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.

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