Minister Makes Annotated Gaming Study Available

first_imgThe province has released an annotated version of a flawed 2009 study into the socio-economic impact of gaming. The more than 400 page report contains notations that highlight numerous errors of fact, interpretation and methodology. The province canceled the project mid-way through because of the seriousness of the flaws. The release of the report was recommended by Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy review officer. “People are now free to see the entire report in the context of its many problems and deficiencies,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I expect that any objective review will lead to the same conclusion that we reached — that the study is simply unreliable and should be cast aside.” Ms. More said the report is the 2009 study as it was received and cautioned that it should not be used to draw conclusions or as a basis for further study. To obtain a copy of the annotated document contact the department’s information management and privacy manager at LAEaccess@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Trial begins again for Rui DaSilva

The aunt of a seven-year-old girl sold online for sex wept in the courtroom today once again listening to the horrific details of what happened to her niece. Thirty-eight-year old Rui DaSliva pleaded guilty to sexually attacking the girl in May but after the judge presiding over the case died the process had to start from scratch.DaSilva had met the girl’s mother’s boyfriend- who cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity- online after she had been advertised for sex on Craigslist.DaSliva admits to attending the girl’s Hamilton home in February where he and the mother’s boyfriend both sexually attacked the girl.The court heard disturbing details today about how the young girl was brought downstairs in the middle of the night, dressed in lingerie, and assaulted.At the trial a group of more then a dozen bikers who advocate against child abuse came to show support for the young girl and her family.In April of 2016 DaSilva brought a friend, Sonya Lucas, over to the house where the seven-year-old lived and she too joined in sexually abusing the girl.The Waterloo resident pleaded guilty to her involvement in June.Lucas, who has yet to be sentenced for the crime, was convicted of incest in 2004 for sexually assaulting her then 14 year old son.Fifty-year-old John Gallagher is already behind bars serving a nearly four year jail term for his part in exploiting the little girl.Another Hamilton man, who also cannot be named to protect the girl, is also facing charges including sexual assault and making child pornography. The girl’s mother’s boyfriend is facing a total of 40 charges.Rui DaSilva’s defense is asking the judge for a five year jail sentence. The Crown is seeking eight to ten. DaSilva will learn his fate next month. read more