Large-scale casinos are a growing presence in North America, bringing with them the promise of large revenues but at the risk of significant public costs. A major casino has been proposed for Vancouver, and this discussion paper has been prepared to help interested citizens reflect on casino-related issues as part of a provincial Casino Review. The paper discusses the current status of British Columbia's gaming industry and then sets out questions to be considered in the following areas: the effect of a large casino on Vancouver's image; casino impacts on business, tourism, and cultural industries; effects on employment, including direct employment at the casino or on casino construction and indirect spinoff employment; the issue of problem gambling and its possible increase with the presence of a casino; and effects of a casino on local business, housing, existing gaming, and municipal government revenues and expenses.
This report describes a British Columbia consultation on the future of child care in the province.
The consultation involved receiving feedback on a discussion paper covering various child care issues & proposals for measures to make the child care system more affordable & accessible.
The report summarizes findings of the consultation with regard to the following themes: the urgency of the child care issue; the need for a publicly funded child care system; opinions regarding the discussion paper proposals; spending & investment in child care in the early years; affordability; accessibility; quality of care provided; and miscellaneous issues such as public awareness & support for parents.