The high cost of pathological gambling

Are the profits from government sponsored gambling worth the cost in human lives, broken relationships and misery?

The high cost of pathological gamblingSince the early 1990s permanent casinos have been springing up in communities all across Canada. Our government has relaxed its views on gambling and made it much more accessible to adults everywhere. In more recent years this has expanded to include government-run online gambling portals as well. With this increase in availability has come an…

Let’s make ‘vapin’ in the boys room’ a thing of the past

Young people are getting hooked on vaping, despite the many unknowns. We need to develop effective counter programs before it's too late

Let’s make ‘vapin’ in the boys room’ a thing of the pastIn 1973, the band Brownsville Station released the song Smokin’ in the Boys Room. At the time, nearly half of Canadian adults and teens smoked. Reports had been coming out for years about the dangers of tobacco use but smoking was still seen as a cool thing to do. Over the next several decades, the…

Gambling in Different Countries

Depending on where you are in the world, you will face a different type of challenge when you go to place a bet. Some countries are not restricted at all, and placing a bet or gaming inside a casino is easy, although these countries will often not regulate or licence the operators there and in…

Westleaf’s first Prairie Records cannabis store licensed in Alberta

Westleaf’s first Prairie Records cannabis store licensed in AlbertaCalgary-based cannabis company Westleaf has received a licence from Alberta, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis for its first Prairie Records branded retail store in Alberta. The store is at 4420 17th Ave. S.E. in Calgary. “This is a small but significant step in our development as a full spectrum cannabis company, with seed-to-sale operations,” said Adam…

Pushing back on the shame over addiction

Vanisha Breault of the Terminator Foundation talks about facing and overcoming the growing pandemic of addictions

Pushing back on the shame over addictionVanisha Breault is founder and executive director of the Terminator Foundation. What is the Terminator Foundation and what does it do? Breault: The Terminator Foundation is a collaboration of integrated health-care systems that support youth and young adults in their effort to recover from addiction and mental health issues. Our goal is to strengthen recovery…

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few years

Global sales of cannabis grew by 20% in 2018 and are expected to grow by 36% this year: report

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few yearsAn international report says spending on adult-use cannabis in Canada is forecast to grow from $113 million in the partial year of 2018 to almost $4.8 billion by 2024. Cannabis became legalized nationwide on Oct. 17, 2018. The seventh edition in the series State of Legal Cannabis Markets reports was released Thursday by Arcview Market…

Canadian gaming industry surpasses $17 billion in revenue

Supports approximately 182,500 jobs, which translates into $11.9 billion in labour income

Canadian gaming industry surpasses $17 billion in revenueCanadian gaming has become a multibillion-dollar industry directly supporting more than 182,000 jobs across the country, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Canadian Gaming Association. The National Economic Benefits of the Canadian Gaming Industry study said the industry produced $17.1 billion in revenue in 2017. That includes $1 billion in non-gaming revenue…
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