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Over a quarter (26.5 per cent) gambled to forget their worries at least sometimes.
Plan before you play
One of RGC’s key outreach messages for those who gamble is the value of having a plan in place prior to playing to manage potential risks before they appear. This involves setting strict loss and win limits and allocating a set amount of time in advance. When any of these planned limits are reached, the appropriate/best/ response is to walk away.
Part of a solid plan includes taking frequent breaks. It’s important to pause, reflect, and re-evaluate time or money spent. Setting a phone alarm makes for an easy reminder to take a break from gambling.
Another important message, particularly for young adults, is to be aware that one’s emotional state can impact decisions while gambling. Limiting alcohol or drugs, not gambling when depressed or worried and not using gambling as a way to feel better are all important ways to minimize risk.
Young people can gain valuable insights into the risks associated with gambling by visiting CheckYourReflex.ca and TestezVosRéflexes.ca
Between November 28th and December 12th, 2019, the Responsible Gambling Council conducted a province-wide survey of Ontarian adults aged 18+. With the help of Delvinia’s AskingCanadians panel, a total of 2,011 online surveys were completed (including a sample of 1411 gamblers). The survey data was weighted to reflect Ontario’s age and gender distribution, according to most recent Census data. Based on a 95% confidence level, the survey results have a margin of error +/- 2.19%.
The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention. RGC works to reduce gambling risks by creating and delivering innovative awareness and information programs, for a wide range of different groups including youth, young adults and the general public.
The All-In Diversity Project is proud to announce its latest Strategic Partnership with The Responsible Gambling Council of Canada, one of the world’s leading authorities on the prevention of problem gambling and the first Canadian partner for All-In.
The topic of Diversity & Inclusion a regular part of everyday life including part of business strategy. Several studies continue to show that a diverse workforce can be a key factor in improving a business’s bottom line and overall product delivery. The next step for businesses in our industry will be to collaborate, share best practices and work on progressing together towards a more inclusive industry. The partnership between AIDP and RGC is a step forward in the right direction using data, research and responsibility to ensure we create a more diverse and inclusive industry for the future.
“Whilst the industry has done some great work in the area of responsible gaming and harm minimisation, most has been based upon the behaviours of specific social and cultural groupings. Our partnership with the RGC allows us to start to explore how diversity and inclusion and a lack of social, economic, cultural or religious awareness and unconscious bias can lead to ‘blind spots’ in our approaches to social responsibility and harm minimisation including the use of data science, machine learning and A.I. Until then we can never truly protect all of our customers, only some.” said Christina Thakor-Rankin, Co-Founder of All-In Diversity Project.
“RGC is pleased to become a partner in the All-in-Diversity Project. We believe it is vital to attract Board members and staff that reflect the communities we serve. Understanding the needs and interests of people from different backgrounds enables RGC to offer regulators, operators and players, across the globe, relevant and meaningful responsible gambling strategies and programs. We look forward to learning from and sharing with the All-in-Diversity Project partners and to continue to build an industry which treats all employees and players with respect and dignity” said Shelley White, CEO, Responsible Gambling Council.
As part of the Strategic Partnership, All-in Diversity Project and RGC will be working closely together to set the standard for how businesses can make Diversity & Inclusion and Responsible Gambling an integrated effort to improve how we as an industry progress in the future.
The All-in Diversity Project is the industry’s global resource for data pertaining to diversity and inclusion. We collect data through employee surveys and the All-Index — a standard index which is set to be the definitive benchmarking tool for the gambling industry to measure progress towards inclusion in the workplace. Our vision is to shift the paradigm for inclusion through transparency, measurability and actionable tactics.
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Friends, family and colleagues are remembering an influential and courageous trailblazer who has passed away. Tibor Barsony, founder and executive director of the Canadian Foundation on Compulsive Gambling (CFCG) from 1983 to 1997, died on Friday August 11th.
In 1980, Tibor embarked on the journey that would establish CFCG (which later became the Responsible Gambling Council), propelled by his inability to find services and support for his own gambling problem. In the determined and audacious manner that was to become his trademark, Tibor sought out the most qualified person to mentor him and give him the tools to secure support and assistance for people with a gambling problem. He found this help in Dr. Robert L. Custer, a psychiatrist who in 1974 opened the first clinic for the treatment of compulsive gambling in the United States. After gathering as much information and knowledge as he could, Tibor established the CFCG in 1983.
The Foundation of 1983 was humble and decidedly grassroots: Tibor had an office in his basement and a few dollars in the bank. His first task was outreach, sending letters to what he determined to be the 100 most influential Ontarians, alerting them to the issue of compulsive gambling. He mailed the letters out and waited, unsure of what would happen next.
His persuasive words and powerful message received overwhelming support. The CFCG was starting to make an impact. At a time when problem gambling was not considered a social and political issue, Tibor tenaciously persuaded government, regulators, operators, the healthcare system, social service providers, treatment providers and researchers, that it was, in fact, a significant problem requiring immediate attention. As a result, for the past 35 years, policies, regulations, responsible gambling standards, research, and treatment emerged to prevent and reduce problem gambling and provide support to individuals who were experiencing challenges.
Tibor’s outreach extended well beyond policymakers. He launched the first awareness program for patrons at Windsor Casino in 1994. He also launched Canada’s first conference on problem gambling in 1995. In addition to valiantly advocating for education, policy and systems change, Tibor personally counselled and helped countless individuals with gambling problems. He was also a founding member of Gamblers Anonymous (GA) in Canada, and continued to be a committed member and advocate for GA. In addition, he spread the word about compulsive gambling across Canada and many other parts of the world, speaking innumerable times at conferences, professional gatherings and in meetings with politicians and bureaucrats.
Tibor was the devoted husband of Mary Barsony and a loving father and father-in-law of Julie, Rob and Arnt. A dedicated Zaidy of Mitchell and Vanessa, Evan and Daniel and a proud Great Grandfather of Lillian. He was adored by his older brother Paul and younger sister Olga and predeceased by his brother Peter.
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