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The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

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[Anonymous, Online Academic Study] Testing a web-based application for Depression and concerning gambling! (Canada,14-40 years)

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Researchers at the IWK Health Centre have built a web-based app to help people change their behaviors to help improve their mood. We are looking for participants all around Canada to use it and tell us what they think about it. If you are, or know someone: Who is 14-40 years old? Who sometimes feels sad, down, or depressed and/or has little interest in doing things? Who often feels like gambling? This is a Canada wide study and there is no need to travel, as all study activities take place...
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Webinar: The Game Of Life

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Re: COVID-19's Impact on Youth Gambling and Gaming - YMCA Webinar

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Thanks for sharing @Registered Member! Certainly a topic of great interest to our CoI members!
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Re: COVID-19's Impact on Youth Gambling and Gaming - YMCA Webinar

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Looking forward to catching up on the recording of this one, @Registered Member!
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Media Impact - YMCA Webinar

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In the news: (CBC) Ford government could lose $2.8B over 5 years in online gambling bet, confidential report warns

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A CBC article published today outlines how the Ontario government could lose up to $550 million in annual revenue with the arrival of the online gambling market in Ontario ($2.8 billion over the next five years). The projections, outlined in a private and confidential report to one of Canada's largest gaming companies, suggests that the province is set to lose money due to individuals spending more money on online gambling and moving away from land-based casino gambling (the taxation rate is...
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Online Gaming, Self-stigma and Addiction amongst people with Schizophrenia

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In their study Chang et al (2021) looked at the mediating effects of online gaming on self-stigma amongst people with schizophrenia. Self-stigma in mental health is when an individual with a mental illness internalizes the stereotypes that society places on their mental illness. It has been shown to cause significant psychological distress such as anxiety and depression. Individuals with schizophrenia are thought to use technology to cope with these symptoms similar to how substances are...
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Canada-focused resources for keeping youth safe online

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The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has two excellent resources for parents, caregivers and professionals who would like more information about keeping children and youth safe online. Protectkidsonline.ca has a range of information covering issues such as cyberbullying , exploitation , healthy relationships and online boundaries. This site also separates information by age brackets so information is tailored for children and young people aged 5-7, 8-10, 11-12 and 13-15 years.
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Gambling and advertising: Should there be more regulations?

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With the launch of iGaming (the organization responsible for regulating online casinos and esport betting sites) in April 2022 a new wave of online gambling and online sports betting opportunities have now opened up to Ontarians. This has also brought with it understandable concerns around the potential increase in problematic gambling. In a recent CBC article on the launch of iGaming the CEO of Great Canadian Gaming (a brick-and-mortar casino company) highlighted that physical casinos are...
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Re: Gambling and advertising: Should there be more regulations?

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My short answer is yes, including the way that media reports on when people win the lottery jackpots. They potentially propagate gambling myths by saying things such as: they won by playing the same numbers for the past 36 years and you could be next, or they picked their numbers by using birthdays and anniversary dates and it finally paid off. This gives people a message that they can somehow influence the outcome of the game. There is lots more to say but I will leave it at this for now.
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Re: Gambling and advertising: Should there be more regulations?

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The point about regulating how the media reports on lottery jackpots really resonated with me. In my opinion there is a disproportionate emphasis on winners and not enough emphasis on the likelihood of loss which skews people's perspective on their chances of winning. That being said I don't know how popular a news segment would be if they are mostly speaking about people who lost
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Re: Gambling and advertising: Should there be more regulations?

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And that's why they don't report losses. Its just not appealing. Not that they should have to, but stop feeding into the myths about the actual chances of winning. I know that Dr Nigel Turner from CAMH recently did a series of media interviews on gambling and did mention his research on Knowledge of random events and chance in people with gambling problems. https://www.tandfonline.com/do...4459795.2021.2014930 But we are dealing with the gaming industry which is a big fish in the pond.
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