Category Archives: Gaming expansion

Families First? Then restore all gaming grants! Use the massive BCLC ad budget, if you must!

Vancouver Not Vegas, which fought a battle against a mega-casino in Vancouver that was partly motivated by anger over decreasing gaming contributions to charities, has issued a message to Premier Christy Clark: If you really believe in “Families First,” save the Vancouver International Children’s Festival! Restore all gaming grants to all charities and non-profits in…

BCACG calls on Christy Clark to replace Rich Coleman in gaming portfolio

UPDATE: Gaming was in fact taken away from Min. Rich Coleman in March 2011, in Clark’s cabinet shuffle upon entering the premier’s office. The BC government’s cuts to charities were illegal, and we are glad that Min. Rich Coleman was removed as he did not communicate openly with BC’s charitable sector. However, we still see…

BCACG’s letter in support of Vancouver Councillor Woodsworth’s motion

Councillor Woodsworth’s motion passed! Thanks to Councillor Woodsworth for supporting charities and for calling for a delay in any further gaming expansion until gaming cuts and gambling irregularities and regulation are addressed! This is good news, but the fight is not over. The City does not necessarily have influence over provincial government policy, but this…

BC Lottery Corp on spending spree while charities reel

By Sandy Garossino, BCACG advocate. First printed in The Vancouver Observer. Revelations of our casinos’ extraordinary vulnerability to organized crime—and the deals that Rich Coleman has struck with casino developers—should give British Columbians considerable pause. The financial records of the BC Lottery Corporation give cold comfort to anyone looking for reassurance there. Pete McMartin’s piece…

Strong comments from the 9000 signers of our BC-wide petition against gaming cuts

Below read a small sample of comments left by signers of our BC-wide petition protesting the gaming cuts to charities and non-profits. If you have similar comments or stories, we would like to hear from you! Please email us with stories of how the cuts have affected you and your community! These will help us…

Write a letter to Mayor Robertson and Vancouver City Council

Write a letter to Mayor Robertson and City Council! Ask them to not even consider expansion of gambling and casinos in Vancouver until Minister Rich Coleman and the BC government abide by the binding 1999 agreement with BC charities and non-profits. Just copy and paste this letter into your email (click above to get the…

BC Persons with AIDS endorses BCACG’s request to City Council

BCPWAS (BC Persons with AIDS Society) is the first BC charity to publicly endorse the BCACG’s request to City Council. The BCACG has asked City Council to refuse to look at the BC government’s application to expand gaming in Vancouver until Minister Rich Coleman gives to charities the fraction of gaming revenues that they are…

Petition to BC gov’t & Vancouver City Council to Support Charities and Non-Profits

Please sign the petition to Vancouver City Council to Support Charities and Non-Profits. You can also write a letter to the Mayor and Council here. We are deeply concerned with the cuts to Gaming grants in the province of British Columbia and how they will affect our communities. Gambling was only expanded in B.C. through…