counter Gaming Research Weblog: April 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Historical Annual Reports Related to Government Gaming & Gambling in Alberta

From experience, I can tell you that it's not particularly easy to locate current, compatible statistics related to gambling revenues from Canadian provinces (though the Canadian Gambling Digest 2007-08 does an admirable job).

It can be every bit as daunting to go back in time to dig up reports that provide historical information on gambling in the various provinces. Some of the issues you'll have to contend with include: inaccessible publications, frequent changes in government departments responsible for gaming, and report content that can be difficult to decipher.

Having said all that, anyone requiring “historical” annual reports from Alberta related to gambling will definitely want to review my Alberta - Historical Annual Reports web page . It includes a listing of reports that are available in PDF format that have been digitized (with the permission of the publishers) by the Institute Library.

For the reports that don’t have PDF links at present, I’m investigating the possibility of including these in the future. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

"Winners and Losers" CTV W-FIVE Documentary

"With experts suggesting nearly one third of the government's gambling revenue comes from problem gamblers, some wonder if enough is being done to prevent damage and despair, or is the government itself addicted to gambling?"

Continuing on the theme of Canadian gambling documentaries... CTV's W-FIVE aired an episode entitled "Winners and Losers" on March 28th, 2009. It examined the self-exclusion program in Ontario casinos and found that systems to detect self-excluded gamblers weren't particularly stringent.

NOTE: You can watch the entire re-broadcast online from the CTV web site after an obligatory advertisement.