Alberta online gambling platform delayed until 2021

It looks like the provincial government of Alberta, the United Conservative Party (UCP), still plans to allow a locally licensed online gambling platform, according to the 2020-21 budget released on February 27. But it doesn’t look like that will likely occur until at least the middle of 2021. This new delay was revealed in an email from Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) sp [...]

17 September 2020

Canada’s casinos crawling back to life, but still far from lively

Canada’s land-based casino sector is slowly creaking back to life after its long pandemic shutdown this spring. Last Friday, casino operator Great Canadian Gaming Corp (GCG) announced plans to reopen 11 casinos in Ontario that were ordered shut in mid-March as local COVID-19 infection rates spiraled out of control. The venues are scheduled to reopen on Monday, September 28. The Ontario L [...]

17 September 2020

Fort St. John urges province to reopen casinos as city revenue shrinks

The mayor of Fort St. John, B.C., is asking the provincial government to show its cards on reopening casinos, as the pandemic continues to drain municipal coffers. In a letter to Premier John Horgan, Mayor Lori Ackerman said her town's revenue has shrunk since mid-March from nearly $900,000 last fiscal year to around $270,000 during the first six months of thi [...]

17 September 2020

Great Canadian Gaming to reopen casinos in Ontario and New Brunswick Sept. 28

TORONTO -- Great Canadian Gaming Corp. says it will reopen its casinos on Sept. 28 in Ontario and New Brunswick that have been closed since March 16. The Toronto-based company says 11 Ontario casinos will adhere to provincial guidelines, which include indoor limits of 50 people and no operation of table games or other amenities. Its casino in New Brunswick will also open that day, w [...]

17 September 2020

Mayors press premier to work with casinos on reopening plans

LONDON, ONT. -- With casinos still closed in the region, municipalities feeling the financial impacts are speaking up. “You can’t open a casino with only 50 people in the door not in a practical way anyways,” says Drew Dilkens, Mayor of Windsor. In a letter obtained by CTV News, 25 mayors who make up the Casino Host Municipalities Group express concern about the “significant job [...]

17 September 2020

Casino Nova Scotia Halifax, Sydney Relaunch Gaming

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is here to make a new announcement regarding its daily operation in Atlantic Canada. Casino Nova Scotia is going to relaunch its gaming offerings on October 5, following the implementation of all safety protocols. Both Sydney and Halifax will see the return of in-person gaming come next month. The two casino venues in question had to close for business [...]

17 September 2020

Unprecedented number of birds dead in New Mexico in a mysterious die-off

(Natural News) An unprecedented number of migratory birds have been dropping dead in southern New Mexico over the last few weeks. Wildlife experts are still uncertain what caused the die-off, but it’s posited that the extreme weather conditions in the western United States may have forced birds to migrate before they’re ready. Martha Desmond, an ecologist at the New Mex [...]

17 September 2020

With COVID-19 vaccine looming, worries intensify over potential mandates

(Natural News) As the world inches closer to developing a COVID-19 vaccine, we are also on the brink of facing the very disturbing prospect of a push for mandatory vaccination. President Trump told the military to prepare for the delivery of as many as 200 million doses of the vaccine, which they hope will be ready by the end of the year “for everybody that wants to get it.” But w [...]

17 September 2020

'Go straight home': B.C. premier concerned Americans abusing border exemption

VANCOUVER -- Reports that U.S. residents are vacationing in British Columbia as their country's COVID-19 crisis spirals out of control are concerning, Premier John Horgan said Thursday. Horgan said he's heard stories from MLAs and community leaders from across B.C. about Americans who appear to be abusing the current border crossing exemption designed to let Alaska residents enter C [...]

03 July 2020

Toronto's top public health official wants city to consider quarantine facility for COVID patients who can't isolate at home

Toronto’s top public health official is recommending that the city establish a quarantine facility to “support members of the general population who need to self-isolate but are unable to do so safely.” The recommendation is contained in a report by Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa that was considered during a virtual meeting of the city’s board of health on Thurs [...]

03 July 2020

Toronto's racialized, low-income communities have higher rates of coronavirus cases

Data collected by the City of Toronto around COVID-19 cases shows that low-income residents have the highest rates of the virus, as well as racialized communities. On Thursday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said that recent data from the past three weeks has shown that new cases and hospitalizations are higher in areas with a high proportion of low-income [...]

03 July 2020

Watch out for the pitfalls of online gambling

The world of online gambling is filled with mysteries, legends, and pure misinformation. We’ve all heard stories about scams, huge jackpot wins, free bonuses, and problems with withdrawing winnings from the casino account. It’s thrilling and chilling at the same time, and as human beings - what we don’t know, scares us. Knowledge is power, and knowledge about online gambling is key to [...]

03 July 2020

Toronto might create a central quarantine facility for people with COVID-19

If you or someone you know lives in a house packed with roommates and are wondering how you would possibly quarantine if you (god forbid) somehow contracted COVID-19, the city may soon have you covered. Toronto is considering following the lead of locales like Miami and L.A.in opening up a special quarantine facility for people infected with COVID-19 who don't have a place to [...]

03 July 2020