Complaints over fairness lead to Alberta review of charity casino model

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has created a study group to look into years of complaints about how charity casino money is distributed.

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has created a study group to look into years of complaints about how charity casino money is distributed.

Three government members will look at the current model that saw 3,500 charities share $252 million in casino revenue last year.

Some charities have been complaining that they can’t find enough volunteers to work at casinos, which means their share of revenues is reduced.

Others are questioning why they have to wait nearly three years to become eligible for a share of casino profits, while the wait time in some communities is only about a year.

The study group, led by MLA Rob Anderson, plans to hold meetings across Alberta over a two-week period starting Oct. 5.

A final report must be submitted by the end of March to Solicitor General Fred Lindsay, who is also responsible for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.