What's New at RGC
Mar 21, 2014 10:43 AM
Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 11)
Spring is (just barely!) in the air here in Toronto, and to the Responsible Gambling Council, that means it’s nearly Discovery conference time. In less than six weeks, Discovery 2014 will be underway, and while you’ll see some of the familiar faces of your colleagues there, you’ll also see a few differences.
We spoke to Jon Kelly, CEO of RGC, to get his perspective on the changes this year.
Jan 28, 2014 5:00 PM
Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 4)
RGC's latest social marketing campaign, Stop the Chase, is unquestionably the hardest hitting campaign ever developed by the Council. The campaign commands attention of the 18 to 24 year-old target group on a very personal level by aggressively challenging perceptions of the value of persevering when it comes to gambling.
Jan 10, 2014 11:47 AM
Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 1)
Playing the lottery is one of the most popular forms of gambling in Canada and elsewhere. Lottery tickets are much more readily available than other types of gambling— with nearly 30,000 outlets across Canada that sell them (as shown in the Canadian Gambling Digest 2011-2012). And today, seven of ten Canadian provinces offer online lottery ticket sales.
Dec 13, 2013 11:16 AM
Newscan (Vol. 15, Issue 48)
RGC had another lesson recently about the importance of listening to the audience when constructing prevention messages. We are currently focus-testing a new campaign for 18 to 24-year-olds that addresses “the chase.”
Jun 14, 2013 12:10 PM
Newscan (Vol. 15, Issue 22)
“It would help a lot if the casinos I played at would offer me the ability to set my own limits.”
“The best way to curb any gambling problem is to enforce strict restrictions as per what the maximum amounts are that people can possibly play.”
These statements by players on Internet gambling forums were collected as part of the RGC Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices’ study, Monetary Limits Tools for Internet Gamblers, prepared for the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre and published this week.
Jun 7, 2013 9:38 AM
The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling (CPRG) presents its 10th edition of the Canadian Gambling Digest, an annual report that compiles gambling statistics for each Canadian province.
May 10, 2013 10:45 AM
Newscan (Vol. 15, Issue 17)
Another Discovery conference is in the books and once again for 2013, attendees from the problem and responsible gambling sectors were treated to some thought-provoking, innovative and insightful sessions.
May 3, 2013 10:13 AM
Newscan (Vol 15, Issue 16)
RGC is pleased to announce the addition of Sue Birge to RGC’s executive team, beginning May 6, 2013. As Director of Standards and Accreditation, Sue will oversee RGC’s growing RG Check program, as well as the implementation of new RG standards such as those for online gaming operations.
Feb 15, 2013 11:28 AM
Newscan (Vol. 15, Issue 6)
As anyone who watches a new year’s resolution dissolve in mid-February knows, a commitment to change one’s behaviour can be a far cry from actually changing it. And that, as mental health professionals know, is what treatment is meant to help with: providing the tools and support for people to implement positive change over the long term.
Feb 1, 2013 2:36 PM
Newscan (Vol 15, Issue 4)
Year after year, the quality, depth and breadth of the presentations at Discovery make them the conference’s main attraction. “There are a lot of forums for information in the RG world,” one attendee wrote in last year’s evaluation, “[...] but RGC's strength is staying on top of what's current.”
Jan 25, 2013 1:14 PM
Newscan (Vol 15, Issue 3)
When it comes to delivering problem gambling prevention messages, the first—and often hardest—step is getting people’s attention. And it’s tempting to think that we need to stand on our heads—or dress a monkey in a fur coat—to catch people’s eye.
Jan 11, 2013 12:25 PM
Newscan (Vol 15, Issue 1)
RGC is pleased to announce that David Chilton, the newest judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and the author of Canada’s all-time bestselling book, The Wealthy Barber, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Discovery conference in Toronto on April 15.
Nov 23, 2012 11:09 AM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 46)
The call for panelist presentations for Discovery 2013 has just been announced and submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2012.
This year’s themes, hammered out over a series of meetings here at RGC, are designed to meet the challenges of our sector as it evolves.
Nov 9, 2012 2:36 PM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 44)
The RGC Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices has recently completed its 4th Insight Project - Insight 2011: Responding to Patrons with Potential Gambling Problems.
Gaming venue staff are often conflicted about what to do when they see patrons who may have problems. Yet these same staff can play a critical role in responding to patrons, often regulars, who they suspect may have gambling problems.
Oct 19, 2012 10:27 AM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 41)
The Responsible Gambling Council Board of Directors has signed on CEO Jon Kelly for a new three-year term.
“The Board appreciates Jon’s commitment, skill and knowledge, which has significantly contributed to RGC's growth in the past 15 years,” said board chair Terry Finn.
Oct 12, 2012 10:00 AM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 40)
RGC's newest play, Scared Money, has just started its Ontario tour in Northern Ontario, making stops in Moose Factory, Moosonee, Timmins and Sudbury, to very positive reviews.
Jul 20, 2012 11:22 AM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 28)
RG Check, the accreditation program created by RGC based on its Responsible Gambling Index, granted its first accreditation for the content, quality and breadth of responsible gambling practices to Caesars Windsor this week.
Jun 29, 2012 11:18 AM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 25)
Summer has begun in earnest (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), as have summer vacations. Newscan will continue to come to you weekly with the latest gambling-related News, Announcements, industry leaders' Comings and Goings, and Upcoming Events.
May 11, 2012 12:01 AM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 18)
Like any website project, RGC's main site relaunch has been a project involving many hands and many months. A complete overhaul is a daunting task, but has the advantage of forcing us to ask tough questions like: Who is our website for? What are people looking for when they visit the site?
Apr 27, 2012 12:41 PM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 16)
To meet the increasing demand in the RG Check accreditation program, RGC will welcome two new members to the team, Fiona Wang and Claire Loucks, in early May.
Apr 20, 2012 5:45 PM
Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 15)
International attendees committed to problem gambling prevention, treatment, research and policy analysis came together in downtown Toronto, April 2 to 4, for the thought-provoking and insightful Discovery 2012 conference.
Once again, the highlight for many attendees was the popular “back room” focus group. This year’s session examined similarities between video gaming and gambling, with insight from the gamers themselves.