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Early Bird Draw Rules

Mar 24, 2017 3:58 PM The Responsible Gambling Council

If you registered by March 24, you were entered in a Draw for Tickets to a Blue Jays Game and Books by our Keynote Speakers
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Meet Shelley White, the Responsible Gambling Council's New CEO

Mar 3, 2017 2:38 PM The Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 19, Issue 9)

Shelley White joined RGC as CEO in February of this year, having held executive positions with the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and most recently with United Way of Peel Region as President and CEO for 13 years. Find out a bit more about Shelley in this Q & A. And be sure to join her at RGC’s Discovery 2017 (April 18-20 in Toronto).
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The Responsible Gambling Council Announces Its New CEO

Jan 16, 2017 3:34 PM Terry Finn, Board Chair

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Shelley White as CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council, effective February 21, 2017.
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Introducing PlaySmart Centre

Nov 18, 2016 2:39 PM Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 16 Issue 42)

After more than 10 years, and more than 1.5 million visitors, the resource centres run by the Responsible Gambling Council are changing. Starting this month, Responsible Gaming Resource Centres (RGRC) will be called PlaySmart Centres—and, a name change is just the beginning.
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Remote Gambling Research: Interim Report on Phase 1 Now Published

Jun 3, 2016 11:23 AM Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 18, Issue 20)

The Remote Gambling Trust has published an initial report by PwC and the Responsible Gambling Council summarising the first phase of their project to explore the potential usefulness of industry-held data and behavioural analytics in the remote gambling sector.
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CPRG Introduces the Newly Designed Online 2014-2015 Digest

May 27, 2016 10:12 AM Responsible Gambling Council

The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling (CPRG) is pleased to introduce the newly designed, searchable, online 2014-2015 Digest. The Digest is now available as three sections so users can go directly to the data and/or information based on their interest:
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A Message from the Board Chair of the Responsible Gambling Council

May 13, 2016 11:23 AM Terry Finn

Newscan (Vol. 18, Issue 17)

I am writing to let you know that Jon Kelly will be stepping down as CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council at the end of 2016.
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Three Sessions to Look Forward to at Discovery 2016

Feb 12, 2016 1:47 PM Responsible Gambling Council

The RGC team is hard at work putting the final touches on the Discovery 2016 agenda. Here is a sneak peek at three sessions to look forward to. Don't miss out on the early bird deadline of March 18. Register today.
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Keynotes Announced for Discovery 2016

Jan 29, 2016 1:08 PM Responsible Gambling Council

We are pleased to announce three key note presenters who will be joining us this year.
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12th Annual CPRG Canadian Gambling Digest Now Published

Sep 18, 2015 11:39 AM Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 17, Issue 37)

The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling (CPRG) presents its 12th edition of the Canadian Gambling Digest, an annual report that compiles gambling statistics for each Canadian province.
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Agenda Now Published, Adding Two Keynotes

Jan 16, 2015 11:54 AM Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 17, Issue 2)

At Discovery 2015, we’re digging even deeper with an agenda that challenges us to examine the tensions between persuasion, prohibition and personal change—how do we strike the right balance? In this jam-packed agenda, you’ll find sessions that ask: When does “nudging” work, and when are bans the answer? How much family involvement is appropriate? Should reinstatement after self-exclusion come with any special conditions? And so much more.
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Two Keynotes Announced for Discovery 2015

Nov 13, 2014 3:34 PM

We are pleased to announce two of the keynote speakers who will be joining us at Discovery 2015: Barry Schwarz and Sam Polk.
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Discovery 2015: Persuasion, Prohibition & Personal Change

Aug 8, 2014 10:41 AM Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 31)

Save the date for Discovery 2015 next April 21-23 in Toronto. Building on the innovations of Discovery 2014, next year's event will look at persuasion, prohibition and personal change.
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11th Annual Canadian Gambling Digest Now Published

Jul 24, 2014 10:22 AM Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol 16, Issue 29)

The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling (CPRG) presents its 11th edition of the Canadian Gambling Digest, an annual report that compiles gambling statistics for each Canadian province.
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Ontario RGRCs Reach 1 Million Visitors

Jul 18, 2014 9:51 AM Paula Antoniazzi, Director, RGRC

Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 28)

The Responsible Gaming Resource Centre (RGRC) located in OLG gaming venues across Ontario, reached a significant milestone at the end of June: 1 Million visitors have accessed its services.
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RGC Launches Responsible Gambling Accreditation for Internet in Association with PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jul 11, 2014 10:24 AM Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 27)

RGC is pleased to announce the launch of RG Check – Internet, an international accreditation program that enables gambling websites to have their gambling safeguards assessed against independent and evidence-based standards.
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Discovery 2014 Gets Top Marks from Participants

May 16, 2014 9:31 AM The Responsible Gambling Council

Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 18)

We could not be more pleased with the feedback we’ve gotten about this year’s Discovery conference. Nearly three-quarters of people responding to our survey rated the overall conference as excellent, and another 25% rated it as good.
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Change is in the Air at Discovery 2014

Mar 21, 2014 10:43 AM Responsible Gambling Council

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.
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Stop the Chase: Gritty Social Marketing

Jan 28, 2014 5:00 PM Responsible Gambling Council

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.
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RG Standards for Lottery Operators—One Piece of the Prevention Puzzle

Jan 10, 2014 11:47 AM the Responsible Gambling Council

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.
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In Social Marketing, Nuance Is Everything

Dec 13, 2013 11:16 AM the Responsible Gambling Council

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.”
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Players’ Advice to Each Other: Set a Money Limit

Jun 14, 2013 12:10 PM Responsible Gambling Council

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.
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10th Annual CPRG Canadian Gambling Digest Now Published

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.
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Discovery Conference 2013 – Getting to Action

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.
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RGC Welcomes new Director of Standards and Accreditation

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.
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Discovery 2013 Takes on How to Promote Access to Treatment

Feb 15, 2013 11:28 AM Responsible Gambling Council

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.
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Discovery Sessions Promise to Engage

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.”
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Keeping It Simple with The Inside Spin

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.
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Wealthy Barber author and latest “dragon” David Chilton to deliver Discovery 2013 keynote address

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.
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Discovery 2013: Call for Presenters Now Open

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.
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RGC's Insight 2011 Report now Available—Responding to Patrons with Potential Gambling Problems

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.
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Jon Kelly, CEO, Signs on for a New Three-Year Term

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.
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Scared Money Opens to Acclaim in Northern Ontario

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.
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RGC Grants First RG Check Accreditation

Jul 20, 2012 11:22 AM Responsible Gambling Council

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.
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Newscan Summer Edition

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.
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RGC Launches Audience-Focused Website

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?
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Building Capacity for Accreditation

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.
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Focus Group with Gamers who Gamble a Highlight of Discovery 2012

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.
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Announcing a new Newscan

Apr 13, 2012 10:50 AM

Newscan (Volume 14, Issue 14)

RGC launched a new version of Newscan on April 13, 2012. Here’s a brief look at the changes we’ve made, and what’s in store.
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Announcing the 9th Edition of the Canadian Gambling Digest 2010-2011

Apr 13, 2012 12:00 AM

Newscan (Vol. 14, issue 14)

The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling (CPRG) presents its 9th edition of the Canadian Gambling Digest.
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