UVic Investigative Articles (non-published) (2010)

November, 2010

Betting Blind With High Stakes

Gambling has always been an issue up for debate, especially in the past. Is it right to have legalized gambling in BC? A common pro-gaming argument has been that our gaming revenue have been going to good causes. But is this really the case?

In annual reports for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, a measure was included to increase public awareness of gaming beneficiaries, an attempt to build support for the corporation and the gaming industry. However, this initiative to spread awareness was removed from the report for the 2008/2009 fiscal year and onwards; which begs the question of why it is no longer a priority for BCLC to let the public know how the government is spending this large amount of income…

Full article: Betting Blind With High Stakes



December, 2010

Are You Game?

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation claims they have been making continuous efforts to increase public support for legalized gaming in BC, which includes much of the government’s involvement as well. However, the targeted results the corporation has set for themselves does not seem to measure up to these claims.

Each year, BCLC has been keeping track of the amount of support the public has for the gaming industry in BC. In annual reports dating back to the 2006/2007 fiscal year, BCLC’s targets for following years have either decreased or stayed the same in comparison to the actual percentages found for that particular year. For example, in the 2008/2009 report, public support for legalized gambling sat at 65% of adults who supported legalized gambling; and their target percentage for the following year sat at 63% – showing they predicted a 2% decrease. In 2007/2008, 62% of adults supported gaming and the target percentage for the next year was 62%. This showed they predicted no increase, but rather success in maintaining their baseline of public support…

Full article: Are You Game?


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