New BC liquor laws lead to changes in lottery channel communications

New signage designed for BCLC pull tab vending machines

New signage designed for BCLC pull tab vending machines

The British Columbia government’s recent moves to modernize liquor regulations have been generally well-received.  But with younger family members now able to enter pubs with their parents, a number of changes were needed to BCLC’s lottery business within bars and pubs.  Areas which had previously been managed as age-restricted venues (for example, pull tabs sold at pubs and bars were through self-serve vending machines), needed to be retooled to minimize minors’ exposure and access to gambling.

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Australian researcher recognized for contributions

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Drs. Alex Blaszczynski (centre) and Robert Ladouceur (right) at last year’s New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference

During their recent annual conference in Tampa, Florida, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) presented their Lifetime Research Award to Dr. Alex Blaszczynski.  Alex is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of Sydney in Australia, who has done research work in the past for BCLC and other Canadian gaming jurisdictions, has presented at numerous conferences including BCLC’s New Horizons in Responsible Gambling, and has served as an expert witness in recent BCLC lawsuits involving the Voluntary Self-Exclusion program (both resolved in BCLC’s favour).

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E-mail is like playing a slot machine because …

predictablyI’ve recently been reading a New York Times Bestseller by Duke University Psychology professor Dan Ariely. His book, Predictably Irrational (first published in 2008 and revised in 2010) established Ariely as a thought leader in the developing field of behavioral economics, what the Oxford Dictionary defines as “A method of economic analysis that applies psychological insights into human behavior to explain economic decision-making.” Continue reading

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High marks from 2014 conference participants raises bar for future presenters

Watch interviews with some of the New Horizons in RG 2014 presenters.

Watch interviews with some of the New Horizons in RG 2014 presenters.

More than 270 delegates from across Canada and six other countries traveled to Vancouver last January to attend the second New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference.  The overwhelmingly positive feedback offered by the delegates sets up a huge challenge for conference organizers and in particular for those hoping to present at the 2015 conference being held next February. Continue reading

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Personal delivery: bringing player education initiatives to life at CGCs

promo-gamesense-info.jpg.scale.208x118BCLC’s community gaming centres (CGCs) have not been receiving the level of personal responsible gambling support over the years as their big brother casino properties. But we’re working to change that. Continue reading

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