TORONTO — Following months of controversy and debate, Toronto councillors have voted against developing a casino complex in the city.

“We have been through a year of debate and deliberation with members of the public, and it came across loud and clear that residents don’t favour a casino in the City of Toronto, and that’s reflected in the votes from council,” said Coun. Mike Layton as quoted by CBC News.

The council voted 40 to 4 against the casino, which may have possibly housed a hotel. According to the Toronto Star, the four in favour of gaming expansion were mayor Rob Ford and councillors Giorgio Mammoliti, Vincent Crisanti and Norm Kelly.

According to the National Post, the councillors also rejected expanded gaming facilities at Woodbine Racetrack but did not discount the idea of a casino in the Greater Toronto Area. Further, the city will consult with Queen’s Park about expanding convention space in Toronto.

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