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Casino

Casino employee's views on gambling addiction

There was nothing like going to work at the casino at 5:55am with my black Tim Horton's coffee and seeing people (some in a zombie-like state) there. Don't they sleep? How long have they been there?...

Ken Lum tells of father's devastating gambling addiction, as moral issues surface at casino hearings

Moral questions surrounding gambling surfaced repeatedly in today's public hearing on casino expansion. Councillors pressed casino proponents hard, eliciting some surprising answers from casino...

Vancouverites speak out about proposed casino at BC Place: live blog from City Hall

10:10 -- Brian Middleton, first speaker comes up. He started working for casinos 25 yrs ago. He speaks in support of the casino and questions why charities and sports programs are funded through...

A former casino worker's view from the floor

Jason Feng falls silent for a moment, busily calculating the odds on how successful a new casino in downtown Vancouver might eventually be – if the controversial proposal survives the heated public...

Las Vegas freebies snag gamblers' dough

“I lost $1000 but they gave me a free buffet so that‘s OK”. That is the heart of what goes on in Las Vegas. The hotels and casinos in Sin City give out more “comps” than any other city in the world (...

Blunderdome: politics, positioning and a costly retractable roof

 Anyone who wonders how government mega-projects manage to take the public to the cleaners time and time again can step right up for a front row seat at the dog and pony show put on by PavCo’s...

Insular megacasino would add no value to Vancouver's downtown businesses

This Saturday and Sunday, Vancouver City Council is holding rare weekend public consultations on the controversial proposed megacasino project adjacent to BC Place. Council’s ultimate decision on...

Prominent citizens come out against proposed casino

On the eve of City Council's public hearings on the Edgewater casino expansion, prominent citizens have signed on to oppose a new gambling facility in the city's downtown area.   Milton...

Eighteen law enforcement officers oppose casino expansion

Corruption, addiction, petty crime. Entrenched gangs. Organized crime. More of all of the above. This concerns a group of eighteen law enforcement officers from across Canada, who have written the...