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Bars want to bring back endangered species - VLTs

23 February 2009

CALGARY, Alberta -- As reported by the Globe and Mail: "After residents in Rocky Mountain House voted to banish video lottery terminals from their small central Alberta town, trucks arrived - some in the middle of the night - to haul away the machines derisively dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling.

"That was 12 years ago.

"Now, tavern owners in the community 225 kilometres northwest of Calgary are petitioning to bring VLTs back as the souring economy has cut into profits.

"Alberta announced last week that it was in recession, forecasting a more than $1-billion deficit - one of the largest shortfalls of any province this fiscal year - and 15,000 job losses in the coming months.

"...In Rocky Mountain House, population 7,230, all six bar owners are preparing to go door to door to secure support for their petition to hold a plebiscite on the issue.

"...Establishments with VLTs receive 15 per cent of net sales..."

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