Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I really hate that show but I'll watch it! Lets try something different! Leave some comments while you're watching the show in this blog!!!!
Lets see if it works out???
NB Telegraph-Journal | Provincial News
As published on page A1/A2 on March 15, 2006
Independent MLA 'almost lost everything' to VLTs
Tanker Malley calling for stricter limits on the machines
Michael (Tanker) Malley says that he played VLTs almost daily when he
was a school bus driver, earning only $15,000 a year.
By Shannon Hagerman
FREDERICTON - Michael (Tanker) Malley counts himself lucky video-lottery terminals didn't destroy his life.
"Years ago, I had a problem, but I dealt with it on my own," the Miramichi-Bay du Vin MLA revealed Tuesday during a legislative committee hearing.
Mr. Malley said he quit the machines "cold turkey" after playing them
almost daily while he was a school bus driver, earning only $15,000 a
"Put it to you this way, I almost lost everything," Mr. Malley said.
The Independent MLA is calling for stricter limits on VLTs in New
Brunswick saying he knows first-hand how addictive they are.
Mr. Malley said he spared himself from a life-long addiction when he made a choice to quit playing.
These days, he occasionally buys a
break-open lottery ticket from the corner store, but he keeps on walking
whenever he encounters the flashing video-lottery machines.
"I caught myself before it went too far, or I could have been in (trouble)," he said.
Others haven't been so lucky, Mr. Malley said.
"I have watched friends put their entire pay cheques in," he said.
"There are people near and dear to me (playing) who are earning $800 or
$900 a month and have a few kids home to feed."
The MLA, who often speaks proudly of his humble roots, said he hopes others will be inspired to curb their addiction after they hear about his own private struggle.
"It takes a man to admit you have a problem," he said.
"After awhile I just stopped. It just wasn't for me. I didn't have any more money in my pocket.
I think overall I've come to my senses and realized that it's not for me."
Mr. Malley, who quit the Conservative caucus last month, says the province needs to do more to protect vulnerable players in New Brunswick.
Mr. Malley said all VLTs in the province should be shut down on Sundays
and the province should develop safeguards to limit how much money
individual players can pump into the machines on a daily basis.
He's suggesting a $20 maximum spending limit per day.
He's particularly interested in a Nova Scotia pilot project that assigns video lottery players an access card that tracks playing habits and can restrict
The MLA revealed his history with gambling after provincial MLAs on the
legislature's Crown corporations committee spent Tuesday questioning
officials from the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and the provincial
Michelle Carinci, president and CEO of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, said the agency spent about $1 million in 2004-2005 developing "responsible gaming" policies.
The Department of Health and Wellness spent about $750,000 in 2005
offering addiction services for individuals addicted to gambling, a
government official said Tuesday.
Ms. Carinci said research has shown removing VLTs isn't the solution to
"The experts tell us the problem is no more in the machine than it is
in the bottle," she told the committee.
Ms. Carinci said the best way to avoid problem gambling is through education.
"We believe that an informed player is then able to make an informed choice and that is through harm reduction and perhaps prevention in the long run," she said. "The important thing isn't how much we spend, but how effective we are with what we spend."
Saint John-Fundy MLA Stuart Jamieson said $1 million isn't enough to
spend on curbing addiction, particularly since the corporation spent $8
million advertising its traditional lottery programs in 2005.
The corporation's annual report shows video-lottery terminal revenues
increased to $89 million in 2005, up from $83 million in 2004.
"It doesn't line up to be responsible when you look at all the profits
and then the money that's spent on problem gambling," Mr. Jamieson
Ms. Carinci said the corporation is expecting lower profits in 2006,
for the first time in 30 years.
She linked the reduction to a decision by the New Brunswick and
Newfoundland governments to restrict smoking in provincial bars and
There are about 1,000 video-lottery terminals in operation in New
Brunswick. The machines are restricted to provincial bars and licensed
The provincial government is studying whether to further restrict
machine use. Details of the government's policy may be found in a gambling
discussion paper that will be presented to the Conservative cabinet next
The provincial government is considering whether to hold public
hearings on the discussion paper, which is also expected to highlight the
provincial government's position on racinos.
I notice the same at two other gas stations. One pass Princess Margaret Bridge and the other in West Saint John!!!! The question is why??
WILL THE BEAUBASSIN COMMITTEE TONIGHT ACT LIKE THE BRITISH IN 1755???? WILL THE IRVINGS BEGIN TO DESTROY MEMRAMCOOK IN THE MORNING???
The Beaubassin committee will have the final say but from what I hear?
Trevor Holder could walked in and signed papers that will give the Irvings the ok.
Will Loyalist Trevor Holder act like the British in 1755 who deported the Acadians?
These Acadians who could give the ok to the Irvings will be known just like the British who deported the Acadians in 1755!!!!
If that is the case? I will call him a Bigot Loyalist for the rest of his life!!!
Time will tell and the meeting is at
I wish that I could make it there but it won’t happen. The public will have a final say before the members reach a verdict!
I might add that there’s nothing in the Moncton Irving Transcript about this meeting!
The Irvings are hiding this meeting from the public!!!!
I would have love to tell the audience that Gulf Operator is a very racist Company and they’re main goal is to harm the Acadian Population in Memramcook but I can’t make it there.
Anyone wishes to attend? Send me an email at email@example.com.
PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE
ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE DEVIL.
( EPHESIANS 6:11 *NKJV )
God tells us to put on the Gospel Armor to protect us from
satan's evil tricks and temptations as well. This is; BECAUSE
YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL WALKS ABOUT LIKE A
ROARING LION, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR.
( 1 PETER 5:8 )
Therefore God also tells us what the Gospel Armor is, for
He said; STAND THEREFORE, HAVING GIRDED YOUR
WAIST WITH TRUTH, HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE
OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET
WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
ABOVE ALL, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH WITH WHICH
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS
OF THE WICKED ONE. AND TAKE THE HELMET OF
SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS
THE WORD OF GOD. ( EPHESIANS 6:14-17 )
Now that you know what the "Gospel Armor" is, wear it with
pride. It is perfect for every occasion from a black tie affair, to
mowing the lawn! Best of all it never goes out of style and
one size fits all! So Charles, think of it like the American
Express Card, "Don't leave home without it!" For wearing that
armor will help you to; RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE
FROM YOU. Amen! ( JAMES 4:7 )
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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