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The Kings Community Action Group on Gambling’s (KCAGoG) purpose is to raise awareness of harms gambling causes in Kings County, and to influence the future of gambling in Kings County. We are not an anti-gambling organization. We want to reduce the harms that current policies create, and help people make informed decisions of how they use gambling for recreation. See About Us for more info.


KCAGoG Community Engagement Project 2017 Contract Opportunity

The Kings Community Action Group on Gambling (KCAGoG) is undertaking a community engagement initiative, beginning in February 2017 and continuing through December 2017. We are seeking to contract with individuals or companies to ensure that all outcomes are met.

The focus of the project is to increase awareness of community-level impacts of gambling harms in Kings County, and to catalyze public engagement on this issue. KGAGoG has determined that an effective outreach to the community at this stage will be through the development and implementation of a variety of creative projects (e.g. community video, theatre, radio, infographics, etc.) that tell the story of the impact of gambling harms at a community level, and provide opportunities for dialogue on how the community can work to minimize these. We will use a health promotion lens to guide the project.

Project Coordination

The successful individual or company will be required to provide their own computer and work space and to travel to meeting locations within Kings County. As required, mileage to attend meetings will be provided at the provincial rate. Needed office supplies can be invoiced separately.

Time will flex as the project develops, but will likely average 10 – 15 hrs per week at $25/hr. The contract is under the direction of the KCAGoG board, and reports to one board designate.

For more details and to apply, go to the /contract-opportunity page.


Some Facts at Your Fingertips
(See the “Know the Facts” section of our site for more details.)

Know the Facts Rack Card (Front)

  •  About 1,872 people in Kings County are experiencing significant harm because of their gambling.
  • According to a 2007 Prevalence Study2, more than 4, 967 residents in the Annapolis Valley are gambling at some level of risk.
  • Gambling harm is most damaging to the disadvantaged people in our county: the poor, senior citizens, youth, people dealing with other addictions and people with mental health problems5.
  • But like the ripple effect of a pebble thrown into a pond, gambling harm affects everyone in our community. It is estimated that for every gambler, ten others in his or her life are affected.
  • And every citizen in the county pays more taxes to cover the costs to social services, justice, health, mental health and addictions services – way more costs than the government receives in gambling revenues3.
  • About $4 million leaves Kings County every year from VLT revenues going to the province4. Imagine the economic impact for local business if there was that much extra money spent in the county each year!

References:

1. Research shows that the neurochemical changes that occur in the brains of gambling addicts are the same as in people who are addicted to substances (for further information, see Sunderworth & Milkman [1991], “Behavioral and neurochemical commonalities in addiction” in Contemporary Family Therapy, Vol. 13, #5).

2. 2007 Nova Scotia Adult Gambling Prevalence Study (PDF)

3. Costs and Benefits of Gaming: A Literature Review with Emphasis on NS (GPI Atlantic, 2004) (PDF)

4. Information received by email on request from the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC) for 2012.
[Note: their name was “Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC)” at that time.]

5. Annapolis Valley Health Gambling and Healthy Communities: Position Statement 2014. (PDF)

See also our Resources and Research sections.

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