To sum up the series of articles on VLTs, here is a commentary from Paul Schneidereit, a Herald editorial writer: "No, siree, when it comes to VLTs, money is secondary to the Nova Scotia government.
So says Bob Mackinnon, president of the provincial gaming corporation. Their first priority - really - is social responsibility.
What's that saying about repeating a lie often enough?
Still, no one with a clue believes the above or other rationalizations Mackinnon and others have peddled for years to obscure what's patently obvious - governments are addicted to VLT revenues."
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Last of the six articles: "There was a time when VLTs and the harm they cause were front and centre. Public pressure forced the Nova Scotia government to pull the gambling machines from corner stores, and stories of addiction led to a spate of studies and measures to lessen the damage.
The machines continue to harm players. Governments, businesses and clubs earn tens of millions in profits, hyet the pressure to do something isn't what it was." Read the full article: saltwire.pressreader.com/article/282621741368816 ... See MoreSee Less
Next article: "At one time in Nova Scotia, if you wanted to know what percentage of VLT users were problem gamblers or how many people used the machines, you could find out online in research commissioned by the provincial government.
Now there's very little new on what has been nicknamed 'the crack cocaine of gambling' and in a way, that is by design."
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Next in the series of articles. "The VLTs, these are really ... the big, huge problem because they're so accessible and they're so poorly monitored," lawyer Ray Wagner said. He was hoping a suit could eventually lead to changes in how the machines work to lure gamblers in.
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Continuing the series from Kings College Journalism on VLTs.
"You might call it the VLT shuffle. The machines that have been called the "crack cocaine of gambling" have been regularly moved around to pull in more money, though the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation prefers to say it's providing an 'optimized offering'."
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"Government promised to phase out VLTs, but it also moved them around to make more money and updated them to make them more appealing. Part 2 of a six-part King's Journalism investigation.
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We will post links on this page to all six articles in this series by Kings College Journalism on the dangers and politics of VLTs. Here's the first one again: saltwire.pressreader.com/article/281496459926049 for text only or www.saltwire.com/cape-breton/news/provincial/its-destroyed-me-vlts-have-pulled-in-billions-crushe... for enhanced with vdieos and images. ... See MoreSee Less
First of a series of six articles by Kings College journalism on the harms of VLTs. A number of experts are consulted in this article, including Bruce Dienes, Chair of the GRINS board.
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