29 April 2006

April 29th,2006 Headlines

Ontario Gamblers Wagering More

Ontario gambling revenue up from last fiscal year

Canadian Press

TORONTO — Ontario gamblers wagered $5.85 billion in fiscal 2004-05, an increase of $125 million from the previous year.

However, after expenses were deducted, the province received only $1.7 billion in net income from gambling.

The annual report of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation shows the bulk of the revenues -- $2.3 billion -- came from lottery tickets and bingo operations.

Commercial casinos brought in $1.5 billion, while charity casinos and slot machines at provincial racetracks brought in $1.9 billion.

The gaming corporation is promising to create new customer services centres in its commercial casinos this year that are staffed by problem gambling specialists.

The province will spend $4 million over the next two years on public awareness campaigns about gambling addiction.

Majority of Canadians Support Gambling Actual poll results are here.

Rise of Internet gambling raising concerns
Apr. 24, 2006. 01:00 AM

Last week, half a dozen federal and provincial officials met behind closed doors at Queen's Park with representatives of casinos and racetracks.

The topic: the startling rise in illegal Internet gambling and what to do about it.

Starting from scratch just a few years ago, Ontarians are now spending an estimated $300 million a year playing poker or betting on races from the comfort of their own homes via the Internet.

"It's one of those issues that kind of creeps up on you a bit," says Gerry Phillips, minister of government services, who is responsible for the oversight of gambling in the province.

It was Phillips who instigated last week's federal-provincial-industry meeting at Queen's Park with a March 6 letter to federal Justice Minister Vic Toews raising "some serious concerns" about the growth in Internet gambling.

Internet gambling is strictly illegal in Canada. But because the gambling web sites are based offshore or, in some cases, on an Indian reserve in Quebec, it is tough for law enforcement authorities to get at them.

Meanwhile, Ontario's casinos and racetracks are feeling the effects of Internet gambling on their bottom lines.....

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