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Morning Brew: Poll suggests Toronto supports casinos, MGM eyes CNE, Stintz says Ford needs strong agenda, Sun News loses $17 million, and more Real Jerk woes

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 23, 2013

toronto maple leafsAccording to a poll commissioned by the National Post, Global Television and Newstalk 1010, the majority of Toronto residents are in favour of a major gaming facility somewhere in the city. 52% of those surveyed said they "strongly or somewhat" wanted a downtown casino, 42% were opposed. Speaking to the National Post, the senior vice president of the polling company called a casino a "slam dunk." Agree?

Speaking of gambling halls, the president of MGM says a gaming facility could peacefully co-exist with the CNE. Speaking before the Economic Club of Canada, Jim Murren said the Ex could sustain an "integrated resort." Too bad the president of the grounds doesn't agree. Brian Ashton says it's one or the other.

TTC chair Karen Stintz says Rob Ford needs a stronger agenda during the second part of his term if he's going to accomplish his political goals. Speaking on the question of whether Toronto's political leadership has failed the city, Stintz, a mayoral hopeful herself, said a clearer agenda would "alleviate some of the noise that takes place when we have sideshow issues." Do you agree that Ford needs to develop a clearer brand?

The Sun News Network lost $17 million in 2012 because it's not part of the mandatory cable package, according to the owners of the channel. The television counterpart to the newspaper company is lobbying to be made part of the standard cable package, which includes the CBC, to help turn its fortunes around. Being part of basic cable could make the company profitable by 2014.

Bixi's bikes are doing well in these wintery conditions, according to the Star. Big tires and aluminum frames prevent the rental cycles becoming unridable or falling to pieces in the face of chill weather.

Here's a neat info-graphic breaking down the diverse range of languages spoken in Toronto courtesy of the City. Most people with non-English first languages speak Mandarin shortly followed by Portuguese. When grouped together, "Other Chinese Dialects" actually comes out top.

The Real Jerk is continuing to have real problems with its new neighbours. The Caribbean restaurant was forced from its old digs at Queen and Broadview last year and is now trying to open a new place in the ground floor of a condo a few blocks west. Too many residents of the building aren't so crazy about the liquor license application currently in progress. 24 of around 60 residents have written to object.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "Leafs' Home Opener" by Jackman Chiu/blogTO Flickr pool.



alan / January 23, 2013 at 08:14 am
i'd wager the "voters" who are in favour of a casino are the ford supporters from outside the city of toronto core...
j-rock / January 23, 2013 at 08:24 am
The National Post and NewsTalk 1010 conducted the poll? Yeah, no agenda there.
ward29 replying to a comment from alan / January 23, 2013 at 08:26 am
I didn't vote for Ford and I support a casino.
Skye / January 23, 2013 at 08:30 am
Sun News Network lost $17 million in 2012 because it's not part of the mandatory cable package? Wishful thinking, Quebecor. Sun News Network lost $17 million because it's terrible. Time for Quebecor to cut its losses and admit Canadians just aren't interested in what's basically Fox News North.
Notahipster / January 23, 2013 at 08:32 am
Yes to casino!
AV replying to a comment from Notahipster / January 23, 2013 at 08:40 am
I would never, ever vote for Ford, and I would love a casino.
Ray / January 23, 2013 at 08:42 am
As far as a Casino in Toronto goes put it to the people in a referendum for the residents of Toronto in the next general municipal election. Don't worry about us who live in the 905 and beyond! It's the only way to know for sure that the people want it!
Rafa / January 23, 2013 at 08:57 am
Liquor license, my foot! These residents are more concerned about a bunch of Rude Bois hangin' bout dee place.
BM / January 23, 2013 at 08:59 am
Rafa! Don't be such an ignorant f**k.
PS. Paula Fletcher is a huge, no talent, out of touch idiot.
Scott replying to a comment from Rafa / January 23, 2013 at 09:09 am
My thinking exactly... residents wouldn't care if it was a new David Chang spot. Did buyers of this development not notice that this was a neighbourhood in transition and people need cheap eats? Of course not. Nothing mattered before they bought the place.
Turd TV / January 23, 2013 at 09:11 am
If right wing Canadians actually gave enough of a shit to seek out a right winged news slant they would already be subscribing to Sun TV. They're not. There is no market for this amateurish, shrill, bottom feeding turd machine. Let it die.
jer replying to a comment from Rafa / January 23, 2013 at 09:23 am
Yeah, I am thinking the same thing... The concern is probably more that it isn't just a "restaurant" but that they will be having live entertainment/etc... If it was just a restaurant with normal sound levels/music for a restaurant then I imagine there wouldn't be as much of an issue.

BM / January 23, 2013 at 09:38 am
Yes. They want to have live music and karaoke and stay open until 1 am. That's a bar, bot a restaurant.
Toronto hates fun replying to a comment from jer / January 23, 2013 at 09:42 am
It is "just a restaurant". To my knowledge The Real Jerk never hosted live music. Can anyone confirm that? The issue isn't noise. They live on Queen east.
rjasonb / January 23, 2013 at 09:44 am
Am I reading a different language graphic than you? It looks like Cantonese, Italian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Tamil all beat Mandarin and Portuguese.
Mike replying to a comment from Toronto hates fun / January 23, 2013 at 09:56 am
I don't know about live music, but I do know that they hosted reggae karaoke pretty frequently.
betterthanezra / January 23, 2013 at 09:57 am
There's something wonderfully ironic about Ezra Levant's network begging and pleading the bureaucrats at the much-maligned CRTC to save them from their lack of financial success and business-savvy.

With regard to the poll, if you actually read the regular coverage of Toronto in the National Post you would find it very balanced and, in the commentary section, very critical of Ford's antics. The Star, on the other hand, has become ridiculous with its anti-Ford agenda. The lack of any objectivity undercuts any of its legitimacy (such as it might have had) as a "newspaper". And I'm certainly no Ford supporter.
Aaron / January 23, 2013 at 10:02 am
The only reason why support for a casino is so high is because the Ford brothers and the OLG have been pushing exaggerated revenue numbers, while ignoring the fact that most of that revenue will simply be taken away from other Toronto businesses. There's no infinite pot of money available to be tapped by a casino. When people spend money in a casino that's money they won't be spending in local businesses.
BM replying to a comment from Mike / January 23, 2013 at 10:10 am
I was at the hearing yesterday. They do want to have live music and BBQ on the side patio.
tnt replying to a comment from Rafa / January 23, 2013 at 10:15 am
Agree totally Rafa, and for the record I'm's about a bunch of whining little property owning professionals, hipsters, that want to dwell in the city, utilizing all of it's conveniences,but don't want a N joint in their foyer....
AV replying to a comment from Aaron / January 23, 2013 at 10:24 am
You're right, when I went to Vegas I just gambled the whole time. Didn't eat at any restaurants on the strip (or off strip), didn't go to the Gun Store to fire some rounds, totally didn't buy any souvenirs or take any side-trips. Yep, I just gambled, slept, woke up, and gambled some more. Didn't even stop to take a shit.

Mar replying to a comment from Turd TV / January 23, 2013 at 10:40 am
Also cp24 does a much better job of it on basic cable.
Vs / January 23, 2013 at 11:17 am
CBC newsworld got premium placement in its infancy. CTV newsnet recieved the same for its start up phase. Sun News deserves the same treatment for its start up. If it fails after that then so be it. A government agency can't discriminate just because there is more comptetion for the government's network.
Tommy replying to a comment from Vs / January 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Sun TV DID get premium placement when it started out. Channel 15 on Rogers!! No one watched it though, so it got bumped to 144 and off of basic cable. This was a business decision by Rogers - it made no money and therefore no sense.
Skye replying to a comment from Vs / January 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm
What Tommy said. Quebecor is essentially trying to force Rogers to reverse one of its own business decisions! The hypocrisy is stunning.
fooo / January 23, 2013 at 04:42 pm
Goodbye Sun News. I will miss your complete unbridled insanity. Where will the douchebags get jobs now though?
Mark replying to a comment from fooo / January 23, 2013 at 04:53 pm
Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, NOW, The Grid, CBC, CTV, Global?
BM replying to a comment from tnt / January 23, 2013 at 08:37 pm
You're offensive. Can I assume you know all the residents?
Ten replying to a comment from BM / January 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm
BM, do you know the residents? I have a feeling you do.

Do you know me? I live in the building. And it's true... The condo is mostly yuppies. Though they say the reason against the liquor license is noise, I've heard many more reasons. My favorite is "that it will ruin the aesthetic of the building". Pfffft, please! Have you seen how grey and dull the building looks??

I welcome The Real Jerk, can't wait to have some decent affordable food in this neighborhood, not to mention good vibes and music.
Alex replying to a comment from BM / January 24, 2013 at 08:09 am
He's not offensive, most likely he's right.
BM replying to a comment from Alex / January 24, 2013 at 08:42 am
Great! You should see if you can switch units with the guy who will be directly above the bar.
Very short sighted Ten. You best hope you never need to be backed up by your neighbors should something happen that affects your home.
BM replying to a comment from Alex / January 24, 2013 at 08:43 am
Right. Everyone hates blacks. My bad.
Butterfield / January 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Can we put the casino in Etobicoke? Near Rob Ford's place? If so, then I'm all for it.
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