There is an all-candidate’s debate on Global News tomorrow night. Please submit your questions tonight on their position on Gambling Expansion in BC.
We want to know: “Given the City of Vancouver’s overwhelming opposition to a casino, and the City of Surrey recent denial of a Casino gaming license for the proposed South Surrey Mega-Casino as requested by the majority of Surrey Residents, What is the Candidate’s position on the Expansion of Gambling in BC?”
Please submit your questions in advance via email to:
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Surrey City Council approves permanent Slot Machines in Newton. Surrey City Council originally rejected extending the Newton Slots license on Monday night’s council meeting, then called another vote that same night and then voted in favor. We should make some noise about this. Didn’t residents make it clear that Casino and Slots are not wanted in Surrey?
Councilor Linda Hepner pushed to have another vote even though the proposal was originally denied earlier Monday night. Why not email her and ask her why she would want to do this to Newton residents when we already showed that 84% of residents were not in favor of a new casino. That’s not right. Her email address is LMHepner@Surrey.ca
Click here to read the full story.
There is a lot of science behind the high gambling addiction rates of Casino Slot Machines. It is not just entertainment as the Casino Operators and BCLC (and OLG in Ontario) would have you believe. The machines are designed to stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain. The same pleasure sensors which help people to learn from their mistakes and get better. The brain has evolved to give us pleasure when we nearly win or accomplish a task. By doing so, it helps us learn as we see ourselves getting nearing to our goal. Without this response from the brain, we could never learn a task as we would only receive pleasure on accomplishing the goal and we would receive only displeasure from our learning experience.
This is how Slot Machines are designed. While the odds of winning are very low, the odds of ALMOST WINNING is programmed to be MUCH HIGHER than normal. This means that our brain gets stimulated and we receive pleasure from almost winning at Slots. While we may be losing hundreds of dollars a night, our brain is tricking us into thinking we are doing well because these near misses fool the brain and stimulate the pleasure center even though you may be losing your house on the next pull of the lever. Very clever these Casino Operators. That is why the gambling addiction rates for people who play slots on a regular basis is as high as 35%.
Watch the video report on this by clicking here.
The fight against the Casino in downtown Toronto continues. Unlike Surrey where we have the wonderful Mayor Dianne Watts who listens to residents, the people in Toronto are not so lucky. A well-known White Rock author is helping them in their fight. Here is a recent interview with Gary Stephen Ross on Casino Gambling. Good work Gary!
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In Toronto, it is the Mayor and Construction Unions and Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) against the residents of Toronto. Here is a good article about the debate and how religious leaders are stepping up to fight the Casino and the negative impacts it will have on the community. Surrey even gets an honorable mention for our efforts! Click here to read the article.
While those who stand to gain from casinos such as BCLC and Casino owners, like to down play crime and their relationship to Casinos. They mention how good their security is within a Casino, but they forget to mention all the crime such as Loan-Sharking that happens in and out of a Casino as they turn the other eye. They also forget to tell you about the long-term impact of Casinos on Crime.
Whether Casinos increase Crime is not a matter of opinion, there are well researched university papers which clearly show that crime increases the closer one lives to a Casino. As Casinos take money from the community, those addicted to gambling get more and more desperate to make up for their losses. It creates a vicious cycle that Casinos rely on for their profits.
The people who run Gambler’s Anonymous say that about 90% of Gambler’s Anonymous members report that they have resorted to some form of crime to support their Gambling habit. We also have 20 year long studies which compared 3000 side-by-side communities, and those that have Casinos so a significant increase in crime over time. Check out the picture here .
Read individual stories of gambling addiction and how it leads to crime in this Globe and Mail article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-crimes-linked-to-gambling-addiction/article9333715/
To view the full public hearing on the proposed South Surrey Casino, click on the link below to go to the City of Surrey’s Website for recordings of all City Council meetings. To view, the Casino meetings, select either Jan 14 or Jan 18 on the calendar, then hit SEARCH to get a list of recorded sessions for that day. The first meeting occurred on Jan 14th and is labeled “Regular Council Public Hearing (RCPH) January 14, 2013 – Part One”, select this entry in the menu and it will start playing. The second meeting occurred on Jan 18th 2013.
Click on the following link to view these sessions:
City of Surrey Video Archive of Past Council Sessions
BC Minister for Gambling Rich Coleman is upset that Mayor Watts and 4 councilors listen to their residents and said NO to the South Surrey Casino. He says that he will not waste any more time with Casinos in Surrey. Thanks Rich! We are very happy with your decision not to prey on the vulnerable in Surrey. Read More Here
BC Minister for BCLC is Upset with Surrey
We hope Rich is a man of his word and never plagues Surrey with another Casino again. The Slots license in Newton expires in 18 months. If he tries to extend that licence or expand gambling there, NoCasinoSurrey will join forces with Newton to ensure that this does not happen. We know that the Mayor and those 4 councillors will listen to residents!