"Bulletin No. 96, on `Gambling', had a wider circulation than any we have issued with the exception of No. 103 which dealt with the Malvern Conference. The subject must gave been interesting and the Bulletin must have been helpful to clergy and others. The supply has long been exhausted. For this reason we issue another dealing with the same subject.
There is another reason.
During the war some forms of gambling have involved more and more people. These included lotteries and games of chance, most of them arranged for patriotic purposes. Most of these were illegal and carried -- carried on in defiance of the Criminal Code of Canada. .... Some people and some group do not want it stopped ! Careful thought, therefore, should be given by the Canadian people as a whole and stern measures should be taken by those whose duty it is to see that the law is obeyed. Already, too, pressure has been brought to bear on Government to amend the Code, to extend the opportunities of gambling. (See Resolution of Executive Council and C.S.S., 1945, quoted later in this Bulletin.) The pressure is not occasional: it is persistent !
Citizens generally and their representatives in Parliament and in Legislature should be conscious of the grave menace to the moral fibre of our people and aware of the many other social and economic disasters which will ensue if such a spirit triumphs. To inform our Church people and other readers of these dangers, often unrecognized by them, we publish this Bulletin. The leading article will, we trust, be helpful to our clergy in their teaching. The Compendium which follows it draws lessons from the past in our country and abroad. The experience of others over the years, indeed over the centuries, should help us to estimate the dangers of gambling to persons, families and societies, and should point out the fallacies of the many weak arguments advanced by the unthinking people who participate in the practice.
We are grateful to the Reverend Summerhayes for his article and for most of the work of publishing this Bulletin. Mr. Summerhayes, now retired, was until recently Secretary of the Toronto Diocesan Council for Social Service". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Part I : Gambling: Law Versus License / T.F. Summerhayes -- Part II : A Compendium -- Pertinent Books in the Council's Library -- Recent Books in the Council's Library.
Contents of Part II: A Compendium include: I: Recent Pronouncements, Church of England in Canada -- II: Concerning Gambling in Churches / Dr. Heywood, Bishop of Ely, 1936 -- Religious Sanctions / W.W. Judd -- Gambling and Religious Traditions / C.E. Silcox -- III: From the Annual Report of the General Secretary of the Christian Social Council of Canada / W.J. Gallagher, January 1946 -- IV: Gambling in General : Areas of Gambling / W.W. Judd. -- Another Attempt at Ottawa: From an Editorial from the Toronto Daily Star May 14, 1946.
1. Stands opposed to any gambling activity that in its scope or form will negatively affect the residents of any community, region, or neighbourhood.
2. Commits General Synod not to receive funds raised from lotteries, casinos, electronic gambling machines, or other activities of the gambling industry, to the extent that such funds can be identified
3. Requests the EcoJustice Committee to
- distribute educational materials about all forms of gambling to the dioceses
- maintain a watching brief on government sponsored gambling activities, with input from the dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces
- collaborate with other denominations in monitoring and responding to gambling expansion in Canada.
4. Building on the position taken by the United Church of Canada in 1998, and on previous ecumenical statements of which the Anglican Church of Canada was part, calls upon the Government of Canada to
- conduct a public and independent review of legal and illegal gambling in Canada and of its social, economic, and legal impact;
- make recommendations for public policy and for effective oversight of the gambling industry within the requirements of the Criminal Code, especially regarding electronic gambling;
- establish national standards for assessing gambling proposals, including economic, legal, and social-impact assessments;
- establish a single format for provinces to provide information on gambling and gambling-generated revenues to the Government of Canada and to the Canadian public, and require full annual disclosure of such information;
- establish an independent review of provincial gambling commissions and issue a public report on the findings, with particular attention to public decision-making about allocation of gambling-generated funds, public accountability, and standards of governance that serve the public interest. CARRIED #16-03-04