Responsible Gambling Week Highlights Education Awareness

first_imgNova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn more about responsible gambling through programs and events scheduled for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. “Educating and raising awareness about responsible gambling is an important part of our mandate,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation. “The 13th annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is a good example of how we interact with Nova Scotians to help ensure a responsible gambling environment in our province.” Like 2013, this year’s campaign concept draws from a common human insight — putting your foot in your mouth. Everyone has experienced that moment where they wished they had stopped talking but didn’t, and said the wrong thing. The campaign uses these moments as a way to illustrate how to draw a line by knowing when to stop. The goal is to start the conversation by making the topic of responsible gambling more approachable and positive. Responsible gambling ambassadors will visit five communities to speak with Nova Scotians to deliver responsible gambling information, and give them an opportunity to complete an online responsible gambling quiz for a chance to win a prize. This year’s community visits are in Halifax, Sydney, Amherst, Yarmouth and Dartmouth. The Responsible Gambling Resource Centres at both Casino Nova Scotia locations will also host open houses Saturday, Oct. 4, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. They will encourage players to learn about responsible gambling by speaking with centre staff and using interactive responsible gambling tools. Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation is the Crown corporation that manages the gaming industry in Nova Scotia. For more information on Responsible Gambling Awareness Week or for responsible gambling tips, visit .last_img read more

Electricity System Review Oped

first_imgThroughout the last year, government has been speaking to Nova Scotians about the province’s electricity future. We commissioned expert studies. We met with companies and community groups. We spoke to Nova Scotians — more than 1,300 people from communities throughout the province — in person, online and by phone. The result is our Electricity Review Report, the first of its kind in more than a decade. The review and the year-long consultation process confirmed that there are opportunities, even in our relatively small energy market, for more competition, more consumer control and more transparency. We learned that, ultimately, Nova Scotians care about this province’s energy future. People told us they want long-term rate stabilization and more predictable costs on their power bills. They want more accountability and transparency in how electricity rates are set. And they support a focus on renewable energy and innovation, when it makes financial sense. Most importantly, Nova Scotians want to be part of a long-term, sustainable and cost-effective path forward, one that benefits ratepayers today while protecting our environment for future generations. And that’s exactly what we will deliver this fall with our electricity plan. The plan will bring more stability and predictability to rates, and, for the first time, will outline performance standards for Nova Scotia Power. It will explore ways to increase connections with our neighbours, including looking at regional co-operation, and will give consumers more control over how and when they use electricity. It will also explore ways to innovate, with a focus on managing our energy resources and getting more out of our current system. The plan will also outline how government will support strategic economic development, and opportunities for innovation in the energy sector. In 2013, we made a promise to Nova Scotians to break Nova Scotia Power’s monopoly and put the people of this province first. And I am proud to say we’ve kept that promise. In 2013, we introduced the Electricity Reform Act, which, in addition to setting the stage for our electricity review consultation, also paved the way for renewable energy producers to sell directly to consumers in this province, increasing competition and, for the first time, giving Nova Scotians a choice in where they buy their power. Of course, this process takes time, and it is market driven. But by next spring, we expect that consumers will start seeing some options in the marketplace. I want to thank everyone who participated in our electricity review. Your comments help inform a long-term plan, one that puts Nova Scotia on a clear and sustainable path forward. I look forward to sharing it with all Nova Scotians this fall. To read the Electricity Review final report, visit . -30-last_img read more