Anti-casino voices dominate in Kitchener, Waterloo
The resounding message the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener are hearing from residents during public consultations is that they are against the idea of a casino.
On Tuesday Waterloo wrapped up its month-long public consultation on possibly bringing a casino to the city.
Tim Anderson, the Chief Administrative Officer for Waterloo, said they city received around 1,000 responses electronically, on the phone or in writing.
"The majority of the responses seem to appear not in favour of hosting a casino in the City of Waterloo," he said.
Anderson will present a final report summarizing the responses to council next Monday.
Meanwhile in Kitchener, the mayor and council have had two public input sessions in council this month. The vast majority of delegates have said they do not want a casino in the city or the region.
Coun. Berry Vrbanovic said he didn't expect so many people would be against the casino.
"I have to say I was a little surprised it was so overwhelmingly one-sided on the issue. I expected the numbers to be probably a little different," he told CBC News.
"I think what it demonstrates is that we have a lot of caring people in the community who are really concerned about what the potential impact is, both economically and socially."
Kitchener citizens can still provide their input at an online survey that will be open until the end of Wednesday.
Kitchener council will make a final decision on May 13th.