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jeffb 04-17-2012 11:02 PM

White Vegas

Toronto may one day be known as Sin City of the North if one of the world's largest gambling companies and a notorious brothel get their way.

According to reports, MGM Resorts International is interested in opening an entertainment complex, including a casino and hotel, in Toronto, while Nevada's infamous Moonlite Bunny Ranch has expressed its desire to open up shop after the courts struck down Canada's bawdy-house laws.

MGM Resorts International's development staff recently visited Toronto and has hired a local firm, Sussex Strategy Group, to make its case at city hall, according to a report in Tuesday's Globe and Mail.

At a meeting last week, MGM associates had information discussions about a casino with Mayor Rob Ford's staff, a dozen councillors and political aides, with the company exploring a $2 billion to $6 billion investment in the city, the newspaper reported.

"It's an amazing market, it's an amazing city," Alan Feldman, MGM's senior vice-president of public affairs, told the Globe and Mail. "We'd be prepared to invest an awful lot in the development of the concept."

MGM Resorts International owns several gambling destinations, including Bellagio, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage in Las Vegas, and properties in Detroit and Dubai.

Meanwhile, the people behind the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nev., are considering an outpost in Canada, according to a report in the Toronto Sun.

Owner Dennis Hof told the newspaper he is planning to scout possible locations in Toronto in June.

"I see Toronto as a classy European kind of city with flair and style," Hof said.

Hof's Bunny Ranch may be the world's best-known brothel, largely due to the HBO series "Cathouse," which follows the lives of workers at the bawdy house.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was caught off guard when he was asked his thoughts on the bunny brothel.

At first, he didn't know what the reporter was referring to but when it was explained to him, McGuinty laughed nervously and said "We're not going there. Next question."

Toronto Coun. Josh Matlow is opposed to both proposals.

On Tuesday, he tweeted the following message: "What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas. I won't be supporting either the casino or brothel proposals for Toronto."


Belsius 04-18-2012 05:08 AM


Spain's two great rival cities, Barcelona and Madrid, are vying to attract a mega casino project planned by US multi-billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson. Dubbed "Eurovegas", the vast 16bn euro ($21bn; 13bn) complex of hotels and casinos will, say Spanish officials, generate up to 200,000 jobs.

For a country with a struggling economy and high jobless rate, the temptations are clear. But Mr Adelson's investment comes with conditions, and some argue he should have to play by the same rules as others in Spain.

The contest to win over the 14th richest man in the world has become a casino version of the El Clasico derby that Spaniards are more used to witnessing on the football pitch.

Barcelona, the Catalan capital, has beaches and a port where cruise ships dock on a daily basis. Madrid, the national capital, has the bigger, and better-connected, airport.

Mr Adelson owns casinos in Las Vegas and in Macau, China. Three years ago he opened Marina Bay Sands, a huge complex of hotels, shops and casinos in Singapore.

It says Mr Adelson is unhappy about the level of social security he would have to pay his workers; he would also like immigration laws to be relaxed so it would be easier for him to bring some workers in from abroad.

The tourism authority also says he would like to defy Spain's nationwide smoking ban in public places by allowing people to light-up in certain parts of the casino complex.

Mr Adelson's company insists it has not made its investment dependent on a list of conditions, describing its talks with the Spanish government as "positive". "While we are not going to discuss specific topics we have discussed, those conversations should not be characterised as our company presenting a list of demands," the company said in a statement.

But the reports have led to criticism, particularly from politicians on the left, that the resort would become a low-tax haven.

Gregorio Gordo, of Spain's United Left party, disputes claims that the project would be a true source of real employment, pointing out that Mr Adelson would bring some workers in from abroad.

He also argues that local hotels would lose business to the 12 hotels which are planned as part of the complex.


Aparently is not going to happend. Thanks god.

fancylad 04-18-2012 07:39 AM

i'm oppose to the Toronto one as well. Is it really nesessary?

Niagara Falls is close enough.

I'd be interested where they plan on building said casino as well.

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