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Strathcona Residents' Association says no to mega-casino proposal

Citing negative impacts the proposed casino would have on Strathcona from gang activity to a general increase in crime, the neighborhood association's chairperson said the vote was unanimous.

Recent gang violence strengthens Sean Bickerton's resolve to oppose casino expansion at B.C. Place

The gang-related shootings last weekend highlight the dangers of outside criminal influences infiltrating the city, according to anti-casino activist Sean Bickerton.

Should Rich Coleman be responsible for promoting and regulating gaming?

Solicitor General Rich Coleman, the minister in charge of managing gaming in B.C., is also in charge of investigating gaming-related crimes. Some see  Coleman's double appointments as a conflict...

Big casinos are bad for local business: Donald Trump

Supporters of the Las Vegas-style casino at B.C. Place argue that an expansion in gaming will create new jobs and lead to economic growth in the province. It's a flawed argument, according to real...

In 2004, Canada Safety Council asked government to stop building casinos

In 2004, the Canada Safety Council asked the government to stop building casinos, declaring addictive gambling a national health crisis.

False Creek Residents Association votes against BC Place casino

Last Wednesday, the False Creek Residents Association (FCRA) voted unanimously to oppose the expansion and relocation of Edgewater Casino to B.C. Place. They join a growing list of community and arts

BC Place casino proposal: lack of independent fairness advisor raises questions

The BC Pavillion Corporation, the crown corporation that owns BC Place, decided not to employ an independent, fairness advisor when choosing a developer for the lands west of BC Place. The details of...

Supersized casino story

"Abnormal in the extreme," is how Doug McArthur, SFU professor of public policy describes the length of time it took PavCo to select Paragon Gaming. MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says, "The sequence of

Provincial-backed casino requires City approval, but can City say no?

The proposed expansion of Edgewater Casino at BC Place requires Vancouver city council approval. Public hearings are slated for mid-December.

BC gambling industry poses problems for the vulnerable

BC Lottery Corp ads on TV regale us with tantalizing tales that will never materialize for most of us: huge lottery wins, shots of us flipping the bird to our boss as we walk out the door of our dead-