Community service and arts groups ask City to intervene in gaming development

Photos by Linda Solomon

The BC Association for Charitable Gaming, a coalition of approximately 1,000 non-profit community service, sports, cultural, and other organizations held a media conference yesterday morning at Vancouver City Hall to address the pending application to expand gaming in the Vancouver downtown core.

The BCACG called for the City of Vancouver to make the expansion of gaming conditional upon the provincial government honouring its 1999 Memorandum of Agreement, which included a formula for 33 percent of gaming revenues to be invested in non-profit social service organizations serving the elderly, disabled, sports, cultural, environmental and other sectors.

Vancouver Poet  Laureate Brad Cran listens intently below...

Councillor Ellen Woodsworth was there as well.

"We will not be made fools of," this speaker said.

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