The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has recently proposed the expansion of casinos in the GTA. The Ontario Gurudwaras Committee (OGC) is proud to announce its support behind an interfaith statement from 265 GTA faith leaders which was released yesterday at the Toronto City Hall which vehemently opposes this new casino expansion.
The inclusion of a casino in the GTA holds strong potential of being detrimental to the many communities which reside within the city. It is strongly suggested that gambling often leads to alcohol abuse, addiction and even criminal behavior – all of which pose a serious threat to the Community. Furthermore, it often leads to a complete breakdown personally, emotionally and financially.
The coordination between faith groups has been a fulfilling experience. “Along with all others involved, we’d like to thank Suraj Persad from the Hindu Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto for coordinating this initiative and bringing light to this issue” said Amarjit Singh Mann, Spokesperson of the OGC.
As a religious organization that works to promote, unite and strengthen the community, we cannot be in support of such a notion that is so strongly against our morals and a potential detriment to our social fabric and coming generations.