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 yourbestbet.ca .last_img read more

Canadian home prices drop for sixth month straight

TORONTO — The Teranet-National Bank house price index had its sixth consecutive month-to-month decline in February, providing more evidence of the cooling trend that has beset home sales since last summer.The index fell 0.2% from January and increased only 2.7% on a year-to-year basis from February 2012.That matched January’s year-to-year increase, the smallest since November 2009.Teranet compiles the index based on a selection of homes sold in major markets across Canada.The national composite index stood at 152.72 in February.Many economists and industry groups have noted that Canadian housing prices have softened since the latest mortgage reforms brought in by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty last July.The Canadian Press