Vancouver Not Vegas opposes the proposed expansion of Edgewater Casino and calls for a moratorium on all expansion of gambling in Vancouver.
Who are we?
Vancouver Not Vegas! Coalition is a non-partisan group of individuals and groups:
Bing Thom and Andy Yan of Bing Thom Architects
Sean Bickerton (as well as Fern Jeffries and Patsy McMillan, co-chairs of the False Creek Residents Ass’n)
James Johnstone (Strathcona Residents Assn)
Tom Durrie (Grandview Woodlands Area Council, Arts Advocacy BC)
Amir Ali Alibhai (Alliance for Arts & Culture)
Susan Marsden (BC Ass’n for Charitable Gaming)
Supporters of the coalition, and communication help:
Colleen (Hardwick) Nystedt
Community and advocacy groups:
False Creek Residents’ Association
Strathcona Residents’ Association
Grandview-Woodlands Area Council
BC Association of Charitable Gaming
Alliance for Arts & Culture
Stop BC Arts Cuts
Arts Advocacy BC
…as well as thousands of Vancouver citizens who don’t believe a mega-casino is consistent with their vision of our city.
The Vancouver Not Vegas coalition was founded by Sandy Garossino and Lindsay Brown in late September 2010, in cooperation with the BC Ass’n for Charitable Gaming and the Alliance for Arts & Culture. It soon after began to collaborate with work being done by the False Creek Residents’ Association (Sean Bickerton, Patsy McMillan and Fern Jeffries). The coalition was joined early on by the Strathcona Residents’ Assn followed by the Grandview Woodlands Area Council and was supported by Arts Advocacy BC, and Stop BC Arts Cuts. Over the months that followed many more organizations and individuals came forward to support the coalition, including seniors’ groups, church groups, charities, health organizations, workers and key figures in public policy, law, law enforcement, academia, economics, urban planning, architecture and community work. You can see the full list of these names on our homepage.
To contact us, click on Contact at left.
Some of our reasons for opposing the mega-casino expansion were, and are:
This massive casino would be located directly adjacent to BC Place Stadium, and countless Vancouverites, especially children and youth, would pass by its doors as they travel to and from the stadium. This will normalize and legitimate the idea of gambling;
The proximity of more than 1500 slot machines just walking distance from the residential city centre and the Downtown Eastside is a massive and convenient temptation to Vancouverites, and studies clearly show that addiction rates will rise;
Gambling places an oppressive burden upon the elderly and low-income. This is known as the collection of a “regressive tax”;
Gambling, when expanded far enough, drains money from other businesses both in the immediate vicinity and beyond;
The inevitable increase in crime, violence, poverty and all the assembled social ills that invariably attend the gambling industry, and the general influx of troublesome social elements;
All the associated traffic that will constantly flow in and out of the mega-casino complex – 300 cars per hour, and a significant portion of it related to organized crime;
The cost of policing the casino and its outspill, a cost that will fall to the City and not to the Province of BC that owns the property. This will therefore be a cost shouldered by the citizens of Vancouver;
The inevitable architectural poverty and negative aesthetic impact of a structure of that size, a major problem considering the site’s size and central location in our city. Casinos, especially casinos of this size, are fortresses unconducive to neighbourhood vitality.
Thank you for your time and interest and your continued vigilance! This will not be the last time the gambling industry attempts to expand in our town. It will relentlessly put pressure on civic and provincial governments. Keep watching!