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Sandy Garossino | 2017 Speakers



National Observer

A former trial lawyer and Crown prosecutor, Ms Garossino is Associate Editor of the National Observer. She is also co-founder of Vancouver Not Vegas, a grass-roots community organization that in 2011 successfully opposed expanded gaming licensing for the Paragon Gaming casino in downtown Vancouver.

Ms. Garossino also advised No Casino Toronto, a community organization that successfully blocked a major casino development in downtown Toronto in 2013.

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.