New Author Exposes Realities of Gambling in Ontario



    Publishes firsthand tale of personal experiences in Ontario casinos

    TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - A retired Ontario teacher has published a book
that reveals the gritty realities of gambling in Ontario. Exposing the
Monster: Some Truths about Gambling in Ontario, independently published by
first-time author Irene Hunt, is the real-life story of her experiences in
Ontario casinos over a seven-year period. Hunt discovers the unfortunate side
of gambling through the people she meets, and their compelling stories are
revealed throughout the narrative. The book addresses a myriad of issues,
including gambling addiction and what the author describes as 'government
greed,' and ultimately asks for greater government accountability to prevent
the sometimes tragic consequences of gambling.
    "It's an important story that needs to be told," says the author. "I
ventured into my first casino with the excitement of a child on Christmas Eve,
but what I discovered was the cold, harsh reality behind the slick
advertisements. And I met many lovely people whose lives were turned upside
down by gambling."
    Hunt relays these stories while describing a gambling continuum that
began when betting was illegal and grew into the present-day gambling industry
that offers any number of ways to make a legal bet. "We've allowed government
to create an environment where we can bet on almost anything - from sports and
lotteries to casinos and charity fundraisers," says Hunt. "Gambling has become
so prevalent in Ontario and generates a great deal of government revenue - but
often on the backs of people who can least afford it."
    Exposing the Monster is now available for purchase online at
volumesdirect.com for $15.99. This week in Kitchener, the author kicked off a
Southwestern Ontario tour in support of the book.




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For further information: or for interviews or to receive a media copy of
Exposing the Monster, please contact Sherry Lawlor, LexPR Canada, (416)
574-0405, slawlor@lexpr.com.

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