Dr. John Carsley
MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER
Vancouver Coastal Health
Dr. John Carsley is a public health and preventive medicine specialist who has spent the last nine years as a Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health in Vancouver. His professional practice has increasingly involved the implementation of healthy public policy at the local and provincial level.
His analysis of the proposed expansion of gambling at the new Vancouver casino contributed to the City of Vancouver’s decision not to permit any increase in tables or slots. This helped set the stage for an innovative agreement between the City and the developer to help mitigate the risk of problem gambling in the new casino, and support research on problem gambling.
Dr. Carsley represents the Canadian Public Health Network on the National Low Risk Gambling Advisory Committee, recently created under the auspices of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, to help develop low risk gambling guidelines.
Casinos in Local Communities: Experiences and Outcomes
Casinos can have both positive and negative impacts on their host local governments and surrounding communities. For any region going through expansion, a number of questions are therefore raised: How does a gambling facility impact the local economy? What social issues can emerge? What is the process for consultation and approval? Our exclusive panelists include an activist, a regulator, an operator and a public health specialist, all of whom will share their unique experiences and perspectives on topics such as: gaining public support for a gambling facility; assessing economic and public health impacts; and changing needs with respect to community and stakeholder relations.