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Should Ontario ban advertising for all online betting to protect young people?

The gaming commission has proposed a ban on high-profile influencers like Leafs star Auston Matthews

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Edmonton Oilers player Connor McDavid and alumnus Wayne Gretzky have appeared in sports betting advertisements for BetMGM. - BetMGM

As Ontario’s gambling regulator ponders a ban on celebrities like Leafs star Auston Matthews in internet gaming ads, the Canadian Mental Health Association is urging a bolder move — a ban on all advertising of online betting to protect teens and young adults.

The ads — which are prominent and frequent in NHL playoff television broadcasts — are “enticing them to gamble,” the CMHA says in recommendations to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

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Rob Ferguson
Rob Ferguson
Rob Ferguson has been a reporter covering provincial politics in the Queen's Park Bureau of the Toronto Star since 2004 and is in his third term as president of the Ontario Legislative Press Gallery.

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