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Claire Hurley


With over 30 years  experience as a journalist, editor and writer, Claire Hurley writes for newspapers and magazines in the US and Canada.  She was an adjunct faculty member of the journalism department at Western Washington University  in 1998 and 1999 and an instructor in the marketing management department at BC Institute of Technology in 1999 and 2000.


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.