Who are we?
Vancouver Not Vegas! is a non-partisan coalition of the following groups:
False Creek Residents’ Association
Strathcona Residents’ Association
Grandview-Woodlands Area Council
BC Association of Charitable Gaming
Alliance for Arts & Culture
Arts Advocacy BC
Stop BC Arts Cuts
It is supported by a number of other organizations and associations, dozens of prominent Vancouverites and thousands of Vancouver citizens who don’t believe a mega-casino is consistent with their vision of our city.
We oppose the mega-casino expansion for many reasons, including:
We oppose the mega-casino for many reasons, including:
This massive casino will be located directly adjacent to BC Place Stadium, and countless Vancouverites, especially children and youth, will pass by its doors as they come to and from the stadium. This will normalize and legitimize the idea of gambling;
The proximity of more than 1000 slot machines just walking distance from the city centre and the Downtown Eastside is a massive and convenient temptation to Vancouverites, and 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, if expanded far enough, can drain 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, the influx of questionable 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;
Please help us communicate to Vancouver’s Mayor and City Council your opposition to this massive development.