OLG desperately needed an overhaul

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's bid to shake up the province's gambling business is getting thumbs down from the horse racing industry, from communities that will lose their slot machine operations, and from those who oppose the spread of gambling. A Forum Research poll this week found that 69 per cent of Ontarians oppose plans to increase gambling by adding casinos here and in Toronto. Ottawa city councillors have shown initial enthusiasm for the idea of a casino here, but that could be quickly tempered by public opinion. The provincial government, keen for the promised new revenue, will bull ahead with the plan, but it would be doing itself and Ontarians a favour if it took some time to explain why the idea has merit. Read article