Our work is complete! … for now

With the Surrey Slots being removed, and the South Surrey Casino long dead, it looks like our work is complete!

NoCasinoSurrey would like to thank all residents of Surrey and beyond who have helped us over the past two years to put a stop to increased gambling in Surrey and make our community safer. NoCasinoSurrey is made up of dozens of individuals and thousands of supporters, many of whom have spent hundreds of hours of volunteer time to fight expansion of Casino Gambling here in Surrey.

Special thanks to Terry McNeice who founded our organization and worked tirelessly on this project and many others to give our children a better tomorrow. Individual’s DO make a difference!
Terry McNeice at the ABC Restaurant - No Casino Surreys Kickoff Meeting

We also thank the Newton Community Association and the leaders of that organization for all their hard work to make Newton safer. Great victory for you and your community! Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/newtoncommunity

VancouverNotVegas has also been a huge help in fighting the spread of Casinos in the Lower Mainland. Please support them as well. Thanks.

http://www.vancouvernotvegas.ca

For now, it seems like our work here in Surrey is complete. We will watch for new Casino proposals and keep you informed. Please consider supporting the groups above who have also helped to make your community safer for all.

Thanks so much for your support!
Together, we CAN make a difference!
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Surrey wins another Jackpot as BCLC agrees to remove Slots from Newton!

Surrey wins a second Jackpot as BCLC agrees to remove Slots from Newton!

Many thanks to Mayor Dianne Watts and City Council for listening to the concerns of Newton and Surrey Residents!
NoCasinoSurrey is also grateful to the members of the Newton Community Association who applied pressure to get rid of these slots and make Newton as safer place for residents.

Together, we CAN make a difference!

Read the story in the Now Newspaper by clicking on the picture below.
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Surrey City Council passed a motion asking the BC Lottery Corporation to remove the slot machines from Newton

Hot off the presses from yesterday’s Surrey City Council meeting…

Surrey City Council has passed a motion asking the BC Lottery Corporation to remove the slot machines from the Newton Gaming Hall.
Councillor Barinder Rasode says the Newton Community Association has been relentless in its efforts to get rid of the slots.
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She says, “Mayor Watts asked that City staff approach the BCLC to have the slot machines removed as they have not met their fulfillment of the redevelopment of the site that was to be the equivalent of a $20-million development.”

Two years ago Council approved the slot machines by a narrow, 5-4 vote.

Rasode says those slots should never have gone into such a vulnerable community.
Read the details in the Surrey North Delta Leader in this story by Kevin Diakiw. Also see the CKNW news item here
Bingo Country building exterior in Newton. EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

Vancouver Not Vegas Calls on Province to Block Graydon Appointment

Vancouver Not Vegas Calls on Province to Block Graydon Appointment

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Vancouver Not Vegas calls for the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) to refuse to recognize Michael Graydon as a qualified officer of the newly formed PV Hospitality ULC, due to the public perception that Mr. Graydon may have violated the Conflict of Interest Guidelines of the BC Lottery Corporation, and due to his possession of sensitive confidential information pertaining to Paragon’s competitors.

Further, Vancouver Not Vegas calls for the City of Vancouver to attach a restrictive covenant to the property’s Development Permit, permanently limiting the number of slots and gaming tables on the new Edgewater Casino site.

Finally, VNV calls for the BC Lottery Corporation to publicly disclose all financial projections and public subsidies associated with the proposed Edgewater Casino expansion at BC Place.

“Public trust and confidence in the integrity of the BC Lottery Corporation is at stake,” says VNV member Ian Pitfield. “The corporation’s own Conflict of Interest Guidelines enjoin management from conduct which raises the perception of conflict. These rules are meaningless if there are no post-employment consequences for violations.”

“The City must respond to Mr. Graydon’s actions. Paragon is building a casino that’s oversized by some 40,000 square feet, and the BCLC governs the number of slots and table licenses that will go there.” says VNV spokesperson Sandy Garossino. “Mr. Graydon’s defection raises grave concerns about his neutrality while at BCLC, and what promises may have been made to Paragon.”

According to previous financial projections associated with an expanded Edgewater Casino, the BC Lottery Corporation was scheduled to transfer $16.9 million annually to Paragon Gaming to off-set construction costs. PavCo has re-negotiated a 50% lease reduction to $3 million annually. No projections of increased revenues (net of revenue losses to other local casinos) to the BCLC have been made public.

BCLC Conflict of Interest Guidelines
http://corporate.bclc.com/content/dam/bclc/corporate/documents/soebc-for-employees.pdf

Gaming Control Act:
http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_02014_01

Deloitte report showing $16.9 m in construction subsidy: http://vancouvernotvegas.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Deloittes-Economic-Report-Entertainment-Complex.pdf (P. 8)

Sandy Garossino
Please TEXT queries to:
778-231-5230

Ian Pitfield
604-828-5494

The Newton Community Association hosting a public forum on community safety this Saturday

The Newton Community Association is hosting a public forum on community safety this Saturday, February 15th from 2:00-4:00pm at the Newton Recreation Centre gym, 13730 72nd Avenue
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The forum is in response to the overwhelming interest and concerns of Newton residents following the first public meeting of the Newton Community Association, a Neighbourhood Public safety forum is being held to facilitate dialogue between residents and public officials.

Newton residents are encouraged to attend to discuss their concerns and will have a chance to speak at an open microphone to address local politicians, stakeholders and RCMP. We have several questions for our local politicians regarding Crime and how the Newton Slots is helping to make things worse.

Confirmed guests include:
Mayor Dianne Watts and council
MLA Harry Bains
MLA Marvin Hunt
MP Jinny Sims
The RCMP
Translink Director Barry Forbes
Translink Senior manager of Planning Jeff Busby Marou

Our questions regarding community safety include:

  1. Regarding the Newton Slots and its effect on increased crime in the neighborhood, we know from various academic studies and statistics that conclusively show that gambling casinos are linked with an increase in violent crimes and drug use in the neighborhoods where they exist. What has Surrey done to monitor the growth of these social ills on the Newton community caused by the Newton Slots, and what steps is city council doing to address them?
  2.  The City of Surrey makes significant revenue from the existence of the Newton Slots. This money is taken from residents in this area to benefit Gateway and the city, we would hope a significant amount of the profits taken by Surrey are used to combat the problems that this facility creates. Can you tell us what percentage of that money goes back into the local community to pay for needed increases in policing and increased gambling and drug addiction counseling within the Newton area?
  3. We understand that extension of the Newton Slots Gaming License was conditional upon Gateway further developing the site. We have seen no significant site improvements as required by the agreement between Gateway and the city. The City of Surrey’s gaming policy states that any Surrey casino must be a component of a “cluster of tourism facilities”. Since no additional tourism facilities were created, is it not proper that the City of Surrey revoke Gateway’s gaming license for the Newton Slots? Given the correlation between gambling and crime, this would be a positive step forward for our community.

Surrey604.com who has volunteered to livestream the Forum for those who cannot make it. Visit Surrey604.com to view the live video stream at the time of the event

For more information, visit the Newton Community Association website
http://www.newtoncommunity.org/

Newton Residents Fearful, Furious and Frustrated…

We dodged a bullet in South Surrey when we avoided the proposed South Surrey Casino and all it’s associated crime, but Newton was not so lucky. A once beautiful neighbourhood, has been neglected by city officials and has become a dangerous place for residents and visitors alike.

In light of this week’s horrific and unprovoked attack of Hockey Mom Julie Paskall, we need some answers from Mayor Watts on the ongoing neglect of Newton, the heart of Surrey.
Julie Paskall

The Newton Community Association is holding their monthly meeting this Monday Jan 6th at the Newton Seniors Centre at 7pm. Surrey residents are welcome to attend. We don’t have all the answers, but now is the time for action and solutions. Let’s get to work. First for Julie Paskall and her grieving family, and then for everyone who calls Surrey home. Click here for details.

The Government Needs to Beats its own Addiction to Casino Gambling

Gambling can be a terrible addiction, made worse by government’s addiction to money while turning a blind eye to the harm Casinos create.

But while the discussion about casinos usually focuses on where to put them, and how to divide up the spoils, too little attention is paid to the huge issue they represent for governments and fairness.

As one participant in a conference on gambling observed a few years ago, “the Canadian government gambling model focuses on revenue generation and glosses over harm.” If you’ve ever sat in a bar watching punters feed loonies into video lottery terminals, you’ll know that a lot of gambling has nothing to do with the Hollywood image of tuxedoed high rollers betting vast sums on a roll of the dice.

Much of it is cheap and sordid, vulnerable people enticed to throw away the rent money in the eternal quest for the Big Score.

Knowing that the industry preys on human weakness, governments sensibly used to make it hard to gamble. Casinos were only available in distant places like Reno and Las Vegas, or restricted to private clubs to ensure that low-budget punters didn’t get in to squander that week’s pay.

Because they didn’t depend on them for revenue, governments could be the disinterested regulators that potentially dangerous activities require.

Then they discovered what the Mob has known all along – that gambling generates huge amounts of cash for those who own or control casinos. After that the jig was up.

Governments’ insatiable search for money, born of an inability to control their own spending, unleashed a wave of state-promoted gambling dens to relieve the credulous of their cash.

Knowing that the industry preys on human weakness, governments sensibly used to make it hard to gamble. Casinos were only available in places like Reno and Las Vegas. But then governments discovered what the Mob has known all along, and shifted the discussion to all the benefits that could be created by getting their hands on casino cash cows.

Knowing that the industry preys on human weakness, governments sensibly used to make it hard to gamble. Casinos were only available in places like Reno and Las Vegas. But then governments discovered what the Mob has known all along, and shifted the discussion to all the benefits that could be created by getting their hands on casino cash cows.

Read the full article here.