The Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC) is reminding Nova Scotians to keep age in mind when giving lottery products as gifts this holiday season. “Lottery and Scratch ‘N Win tickets can be fun stocking stuffers for adults, but they are not child’s play,” said Bob MacKinnon, NSPLCC’s president and CEO. “Even though it might seem innocent, lottery and scratch tickets are forms of gambling that are only appropriate for adults.” Parents, caregivers and family members are influential role models for children. It is important that they help prevent youth from gambling. “It is important for adults to send a strong message to our kids,” said Mr. MacKinnon. “No matter what the season, minors should not take part in any gambling activity.” The NSPLCC and its ticket lottery operator, Atlantic Lottery, continue to take measures to ensure adults and youth understand this responsibility. This includes placing the age of majority messaging on ticket lottery products and confirming ticket lottery retailers are committed to enforcing the 19+ laws. The NSPLCC also participates in McGill University’s Holiday Campaign, which is a way to remind people that they can keep the fun in the holidays by gifting lottery tickets responsibly to adults.
Reform of the criminal justice system will be the main focus of a key United Nations anti-crime body, which opened its annual session today in Vienna.As part of its discussion on how to achieve effectiveness and equity in the criminal justice system, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is expected to hear from panellists who will highlight various approaches that focus on integrated criminal justice, with particular emphasis on prosecutors, courts and prisons, juvenile justice and strengthening international criminal justice co-operation.The Commission’s 11th session will also give special attention to technical assistance and co-operation in support of criminal justice reform, especially within the framework of peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.During its 10-day session, the panel will also examine the report of an expert group, which concludes that restorative justice can serve as a supplement to established criminal justice practices, especially in areas where such practices had not functioned adequately.As for effective community-based crime prevention, the 40-member Commission will look at another expert group’s draft recommendations for international action, including building inter-agency coordination, raising public awareness and considering ways to “design out” crime.Measures to prevent corruption and terrorism, a UN treaty against organized crime, as well as a separate accord on trafficking in protected animal and plant species, are also on the Commission’s agenda.