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At City Hall hearings on casino expansion, proponents and opponents struggled to be heard

An hour before the public hearings on the proposed casino expansion at BC Place, Vancouver Not Vegas organized a casino protest on the steps of City Hall.  Passing motorists honked their...

A battle long brewing comes to a head tonight at City Hall

A battle that has been brewing for months over Vancouver's future will come to a head tonight at City Hall.  Public hearings twice delayed will finally take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in City...

More compelling reasons not to bank on casino revenue

Addiction and human trafficking, money laundering. Twenty-four hour help lines for problem gamblers. All potential costs to the city of a mega-casino complex expansion downtown.

City Hall casino hearings delayed

Deluged with  requests by citizens to speak at hearings on the proposed mega-casino complex at B.C. Place, City Hall has delayed the hearings.  The hearings were slated for Thursday night....

The road to Paragon

A quick and dirty proposal call with one serious proponent — a proposal set up by a rezoning worked out between the NPA council and the government of BC through the BC Pavilion Corporation. That...

How to launder money at a casino: video

Graphic artist's depiction of how to launder money at a casino. A call to action against PAVCO and Paragon's proposed mega-casino complex at B.C. Place.

Will B.C. casinos' bad record on money laundering get worse at B.C. Place casino?

In the shadowy underworld of organized crime, casinos are an ideal place to turn dirty money into legitimate cash, according to a spokesperson from FINTRAC, the federal agency that monitors cases of...

Casino expansion at B.C. Place may lead to increase in organized crime activity, sources say

"Studies have shown that organized crime will try to infiltrate casinos in many different ways, whenever they’re expanding," Sgt. Randy Morstensen said.

Is PAVCO's proposed mega-casino at B.C. Place too big to fail? No!!!!

Just picture it. We did. Cash from the proposed mega-casino at B.C. Place, heads down I-5 to the Las Vegas-based Paragon Gaming as revenue. The sleaze stays here.

Destination casino not a lucrative idea for the world's most livable city

Vancouver citizens and city council will soon have an opportunity to table their demands for benefits from the new "destination casino" at BC Place. They had better come prepared, because so far,...