Looking at the Different Gambling Options in Ontario, Canada

By Frank P Mickens

November 12th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

With the regulated iGaming in Ontario Canada, what are some of the options that are available?

Just a few months after the enactment of laws governing online casinos and other gambling endeavors in Ontario, the sector is booming. Joyce R. Knox, an online casino expert attributes this to the confidence that has been created in the Ontario online casino scene where players are assured of fair play. Regulated industries tend to play by the rules since they are supposed to meet certain requirements. The new gambling laws Ontario enacted recently require operators to register as well as meet other standards and regulations. This, according to Joyce R. Knox ensures that players are protected and unfair competition is eliminated.

With such, one can only expect a boom in the industry. And this is what is happening in the Casino Ontario scene. Recent data published by iGaming Ontario (iGO) indicates that the Ontario online gambling market raked in close to $162 million in the first three months after the enactment of the new iGaming regulations. This translates to a player spending approximately $ 113per month. Experts point out that this growth will continue to be seen in the coming years as more players take advantage of the new regulations to play Ontario online poker and other casino games in safe environments. So, which are the different Ontario online gambling options that are available for players? This is what we explore in this article, giving players a chance to learn where to start.

 

For players looking for online poker and other casino games in Ontario, the options are many. Ontario casino gaming industry is big with BetMGM casino, Royal Panda casino, and Ceasers Casino being some of the big operators in the province. Let’s explore what these and other platforms have to offer to players in this region and beyond

Royal Panda Casino

This is one of the first online casinos that have taken advantage of the introduction of a regulated gambling market to set foot in the region. With this Royal Panda Casino, players have access to a wide variety of casino games including slots, blackjack, and roulette among others. A close look at the online casino also indicates that players are treated to the simple and easily navigable interface where they can start the games right away without the need for training. This means that new players can start enjoying their favorite games immediately after they register with the platforms. With the online gambling sector recording phenomenal growth, this is a platform to watch owing to its wide range of options as well as responsive support, and a very strong data encryption system.

Ceasars casino

Another search of the different gambling options that are available in Ontario following the regulation of the industry yields Ceasars casino. The site is described as highly reputable with reviews rating it as one of the best. Among the features that make the site stand out to include the wide variety of online casino games that are offered on the platform as well as the all-around customer support. As pointed out by Joyce R. Knox, customer support is one of the most important factors in online gambling. Given that players engage with the platform remotely; they may get stuck when they have an issue.

Platforms that offer responsive support solve customer issues promptly and more often to their satisfaction. Caesars Casino has been described in different reviews as responsive to players’ needs owing to reliable support and features that make it easy to engage in different casino games remotely. Also, the fact that players can deposit and withdraw using different options means that players are not restricted to expensive methods. With the online casino platform up and running in Ontario, players who are of age can sign up and start enjoying their favorite games.

Draftkings Casino

You may have known Draftkings for its other types of gambling options. The online casino platform has a strong presence in casino games. Apart from its great user interface, the platform which is available as an app and desktop format offers a wide range of games. Ranging from:

 

      • Online poker, 
      • Blackjack, 
      • Roulette, and 
      • Slot machines

 

With all these games players are spoilt for a choice as far as the games they can play are concerned.

Play Ojo casino

With games, such as online slots, blackjack, poker, and roulette, players will find lots of pleasure in engaging with the platform. It prides itself on having unique features as well as payment options that give players the convenience they need as well as a chance to enjoy low transaction fees.

Party casino

As the name suggests, this is a platform that offers its players the fun and excitement that casino games present. Like other online casino platforms in Ontario, players are promised a variety of games as well as options to play Vegas-themed games.

With the growth of Ontario’s online casino scene, players are now having a wide range of platforms to choose from. To get the best experience, players need to settle for the best and as experts point out, they are more available in this market.

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Today as we remember – we know full well those that were lost knew just what they were fighting for.

By Pepper Parr

November 11th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington actually has two Remembrance Day event, three if you count the goings on at the Legion Gall but that is another story.

The Naval Monument

Early in the morning the Haltom Naval Veterans Association holds a ceremony at the Naval Monument on the Promenade at Spencer Smith Park.

That’s where that splendid statue of the sailor looking out over the lake with a list of all the ships that were used during the wars – and on the back side of the pedestal there is a list of all the merchant marine ships that were lost.

The Naval Monument is the smaller event but it is the event where you can talk to the veterans in a different way.

Near the end of the event the Bosun’s whistle was piped followed by the Up Spirits command.  Small paper cups are handed out.  A small splash of rum is put in the cup for a quick swallow.

Burlington MP Karina Gould talking to a member of the Halton Naval Veterans Association.

For the ships at sea Up Spirits is a fine event. Each person has their own pewter tankard that has served them well for years. Those tankards are never washed – they get a rinsing – and a small one at that. Over time they have a lining that is basically a nice rum residue that adds to the tot that is served daily when you are at sea.

This is how a parade is led.

Later in the day large crowds gather along Brant Street to watch the parade and take part in the service, they laying of the wreaths, the singing of him, the sound of the Last Post and the joy and strength in the Reveille.

There is a sense of “I have come and done what I needed to do”

There were far more of the close to 60 in the crowds but this year more younger people than I have seen in the past.

The Teen Tour Band seldom fails to deliver. With the light drizzle they were wearing thin bright red slickers that were rather attractive.

The laying of the wreaths, the singing of hymns and reading of prayers are all part of a traditional Remembrance Ceremony.

The Teen Tour Band – they never fail to deliver.

One couple had lanyards around the necks with small picture frames at the end of the lanyard. One of the pictures was of a woman, she looked like a WREN; couldn’t make out picture the man had. Each of the pictures had a poppy tucked inside the frame.

A couple, each wearing pictures in small frames of people who served.

I chose not to interview them – it seemed to me that this was a time they wanted to remember and not be bothered by questions from someone they didn’t know.

The Day was not celebrated the same way during the last two years.

Before that we did not have war on our minds – but today war is a very real thing. The Ukrainians are fighting a devastating war and more than holding their own.

Hearing a man who is fighting that war say publicly that “we are not winning yet but Putin is losing” is a good sign – but unless you have experienced the loss and devastation of a war it is hard to fully comprehend.

Today as we remember – we know full well those that were lost knew just what they were fighting for. Hold those you love a little tighter in the days ahead.

Mere boys – I wondered what the Day meant to them and what they think when singing the hymn that goes: Eternal Father strong to save Whose arm has bound the restless wave Who bids the mighty ocean deep It’s own appointed limits keep./strong>

 

 

They marched down the Street with a stride and a step that was wonderful to see.

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Three of the seven members of Council have had Covid19 infections that kept them away from their desks

By Pepper Parr

November 11, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

From the Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte Facebook page:

Will be honouring our Veterans quarantined from home today as I take my turn with this nasty COVID. From fever, aches, sore throat, coughing and so very sleepy…this virus is no joke.

Wasn’t wearing the mask somewhere – Covid19 doesn’t fall off the back of a truck.  Shawna Stolte with one of her three daughters.

Most informed people know this virus is not a joke and the signs suggest it will get much worse before it gets better.

Will Stolte have cleared the period of time people with Covid19 are expected to stay isolated – and could that impact her taking part in the inauguration in the 15th ?

Might be appropriate to be sworn in separately this time around.

So far three of the seven members of Council have been infected: the Mayor, Councillor Kearns and now Stolte.

We did see Councillor Nisan at the Remembrance service at the Naval monument – mask-less as well.

 

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Heavy armoured personell carriers lead the Remembrance Day parade

By Pepper Parr

November 11, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They were at the head of the parade coming down Brant Street.

They were not what anyone expected to see.

These two pieces of military equipment led the 2022 Remembrance Day parade down Brant Street.

They weren’t tanks – they were armoured personnel carriers with rubber treads.

There were no markings which struck me as odd – which unit did they come from.

Turns out the two pieces of equipment were privately owned by “a couple of guys up north”

At the end of the parade the equipment stopped outside a coffee shop.

My guess is that they were bought as surplus from the federal government.

Wonder just what was stripped out of those units. Do they have any fire power left in them?

The crews aboard were certainly proud. One appeared to be driven by a woman but I’ve never understood just who drove the things. Someone took care of the guns and the shells and someone took care of communications – and that is about all I know. I was in the Senior Service (Navy) don’t know much army stuff

It will be interesting to read what shows up in the comments.

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Hearts will swell,tears will be shed as we honour those that were lost in wars to protect the democratic freedom we have today

By Pepper Parr

November 11th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

People have their own personal, unique way of handling Remembrance Day.

For many it is a very deep, personal and painful day.

There is, for almost everyone, a lingering sense of loss – of what could have, might have been.

The crowds that show up to take part in the Remembrance Day event have always been large.

In Burlington the crowds that gather at the Cenotaph are large. In the past I have seen gatherings that flood Brant Street – they were larger than similar events in Toronto at the Cenotaph in front of the old City Hall.

For the Marsden family – it is a major event. They see it as the lynch pin that holds a society together. That men and women put on uniforms and went to war prepared to die to save the democracy, damaged as it is, is something not to be forgotten.

Anne and Dave Marsden and their granddaughter Ava. Ave will be serving as a sentry at the Cenotaph today.

For Anne and Dave Marsden it is an event they are proud to be part of; something they remind people of again and again.

For some that ‘reminding’  is tiring – for Anne and Dave it is who they are.

This year Anne will be laying a wreath – something she has wanted to do for some time.

And this year her granddaughter Ava, an Army cadet will be serving as a sentry

We all know what that phrase “my heart swelled” means. It is a wonderful part of human nature.

Today the hearts of the Marsden family will swell.

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The Stroll - something the city has had to live without for a number of years - is back.

By Staff

November 10th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Candlelit Stroll is back!

The event this year will be taking place throughout downtown on Friday, November 25th from 6pm-9pm.

It marks the start of the winter holiday season

Candles set out for Strollers

Three long years ago – this was the scene. It will return November 25th, 2022

The Stroll starts at Civic Square, for the lighting of the Tree of Hope.

From there, folks will set out on a self-led winter wonderland tour of Burlington Downtown.

We will have breathtaking illumination along the Promenade West (perfect for capturing IG-worthy moments!) and a pulled-taffy stop along the route as well!

Kids (and kids at heart) will want to stop by Centro Garden to watch a holiday movie.

Take in the holiday display at Joseph Tassoni’s (be sure to stop inside for a complimentary family photo!)

There is a new winter-wonderful art display … at a walk-in snow globe feature!

NYNY Men’s Grooming Lounge will be offering complimentary neck shaves and shots of Italian espresso (to keep you energized thru the night!)

Warm up with delicious hot chocolate from La Creme de la Creme Creamery Inc.

Fill your bellies with free sliders from our friends at the WORKS Craft Burgers & Beer.

Peachey Counselling and Family Support will be handing out holiday-stress-busting presents (and maybe a candy or two as well!)

Head down to Joseph Brant Museum for “Lights from the Rooftop” (and some popcorn, hot chocolate and holiday tunes!)

Get ready to clap your hands while listening to incredible live music with the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

And no Candlelit Stroll would be complete without a visit with Santa.

 

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The Ho Ho Ho man will be on New Street this year - December 4th

By Staff

November 10th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

 The Santa Claus parade is returning to beautiful downtown Burlington Dec. 4, from 2-4 p.m.

The parade will feature floats, community groups, costumed characters, the Burlington Teen Tour Band, Junior Redcoats and other marching bands. As always, Santa will be the grand finale of the parade.

People can once again line New Street to enjoy a Seasonal event.

 

The parade will start at 2 p.m. at the corner of Guelph Line and Prospect Street and makes its way downtown along New Street. The parade then travels north on Brant Street and finishes at Caroline Street.

Roads of the parade route will be closed Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. and will re-open shortly after the final float has moved through and a clean-up has been completed.

For the past two years Santa got driven around in an antique Fire Truck

Children are encouraged to bring letters for Santa, which will be collected by letter carriers from Canada Post along the parade route. Spectators may bring non-perishable food donations, which will be accepted by the Burlington Teen Tour Band boosters for local food banks.

The Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club will be collecting donations of loonies, toonies and $2 tap to help support the operation costs of the parade.

Any individuals or groups also interested in volunteering with the parade can email volunteer@burlington.ca, call 905-335-7777, ext.7978 or visit burlington.ca/volunteer.

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One of the truly great hockey players will be at the Mapleview Shopping Centre on Saturday

By Staff

November 10th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The good people at Mapleview Shopping Centre announce the grand opening of leading Canadian sports lifestyle retailer.

For the hockey sports fan it is an occasion to meet Doug Gilmour, NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Fame Member. He will be at the centre this Saturday, November 12th, for a meet & greet and photo opportunities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to mark the opening festivities.

People can meet Gilmour in-person for a photo opportunity on Saturday, November 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside Mapleview Centre’s upper level, outside the new Sporting Life store.

The first 100 customers in line (Sporting Life entrance, Maple Ave) on grand opening day will receive a $50 Sporting Life promo card to use toward a $100 purchase. Grand opening promotions also include contests and in-store deals. Sporting Life will be operating special hours for one-day only, opening at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, November 12th. Guests are encouraged to arrive early – line-ups are expected.

Gilmore played for a lot of NHL teams. It is a long list

St. Louis Blues

Calgary Flames

Toronto Maple Leafs

Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

New Jersey Devils

Chicago Blackhawks

Buffalo Sabres

Montreal Canadiens

He was one of the greats when he was on the ice.  5’9 weighing 140 lbs he was often referred to as the “killer”  Hs goals scored record is impressive.

 

 

 

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It was at the 11th hour of the 11th Day on the 11th month that the hostilities came to an end. We call it Remembrance Day

By Staff

November 10th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This year’s Remembrance Day event will be in-person in downtown Burlington. The Remembrance Day Service at 11 a.m. is in-person and will also be broadcast online.

Burl-Oak Naval Veterans Remembrance Day Service, 9 a.m.

This 30-minute ceremony takes place at the Naval Ships Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park.

Remembrance Day Procession, 10:30 a.m.

The procession will begin at Central School on Baldwin Street, traveling down Brant Street to Elgin Street, Locust Street, Ontario Street and ending at the Cenotaph in Veteran Square, 426 Brant St.

The streets noted above will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60, Remembrance Day Service, 11 a.m.

This 45-60-minute ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph in Veteran Square, on the north side of City Hall and will be live-streamed for those who cannot physically attend.

The ceremony will include a colour guard, two minutes of silence, music performed by some members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band, reading of In Flanders Fields along with the laying of the wreaths.

A live web cast that will begin at 11:45 can be found HERE

 

 

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How does getting most of the votes cast by the 27.6% of the eligible votes get turned into an 'overwhelming majority'. She must have used fairy dust

By Staff

November 9th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In an advertisement published in the November 3rd of the Burlington Post Mayor Elect Marianne Meed Ward wrote:

This is the advertisement as it appeared in the Post on November 3rd, 2022

I’m honoured by the support and trust the overwhelming majority of Burlington residents have put in me. This is a tribute to the work of the entire council over the last four years.

I love serving our community. I’ll continue to advocate for reasonable growth in the right place; more community amenities and parks for our growing community; action on our affordable housing, climate and mobility plans; protecting our rural area and cutting red tape for businesses and farmers; and promoting community pride, so everyone feels welcome and included.

Please join me and council to usher in another four years of service at our official Inauguration Celebration on Tuesday, November 15th, 6;30 pm, Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

For a better Burlington.

We have a question for the Mayor:

What does she mean when she said she was honoured by the

“…support and trust the overwhelming majority of Burlington residents have put in me.”

The facts are that 27.6% of those eligible to vote cast a ballot. The Mayor Elect did get a majority of that minority.

This year,  2022, 27.6 per cent of eligible voters in Burlington voted in the municipal election.

In the 2018 municipal election, 39.79 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

This is yet another example of the Mayor taking the truth and twisting it to serve her agenda.

A responsible politician would comment on just how poor the turnout was and think aloud about how she will work towards getting better voter turnout.

One of the things Marianne Meed Ward might do is look at what a community based organization did in the 2018 election to get out the vote.  They held debates in all six wards.  Another group held a debate for the people running to be elected Mayor.

That is what community involvement is about – which the Mayor knows – but isn’t able to actually do.

Photo ops are not community engagement

Ward 4 Councillor was reelected in October.

Councillor Shawna Stolte nailed it back in June when she was having a nasty public dispute with the Mayor during a virtual session of Council.  At that time Stolte said:  “it’s entirely inappropriate that you make an attempt to bring that forward now and turn it into yet another political circus for your own selfish gain. And I think you should be ashamed of yourself.

If you want to refresh your memory on how that event went click HERE

While we have published the video of the Mayor’s 14 minute rant – take another look  HERE

 

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It took days to capture this image - and more than 100 pictures to get what the photographer wanted

By Staff

November 9th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The phrase is usually a “picture is worth a thousand words”. This picture needs a few words.
John currently lives in Kitchener but did reside in Bronte previously.

He has been an avid photographer and is a member of the Latow Photographers Guild, a member Guild of the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), for many years.

He adds: “I recently developed an interest in astrophotography and try to get out to take photos of the moon when conditions will allow.

Previous attempts to see the moon rise behind the Burlington Pier were not successful due to either fog or cloud cover.

Using an App called “PhotoPills” I determined the timing and directionality of moonrise at this location. I took more than 100 images last evening but this was my favorite as it has a human element.

Larsen used a Canon 7D Mark 2 using a Tamron 150-600mm zoom lens mounted on a tripod.

John Larsen of Photo Graffics Bytook the picture

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Transit Service to Aldershot GO Station

By Staff

November 9th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Aldershot GO Station bus stops are closed.

All Burlington Transit buses that normally go into the Aldershot GO Station are being re-routed to temporary bus stops located on Masonry Court.

This detour will be in effect until further notice.

Because of this detour, service may be delayed and connections missed.

Please try to give yourself extra travel time during any detour.

Visit myride.burlingtontransit.ca for detour details, real-time bus schedules, and temporary bus stop locations.

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Virus experts are urging Health Official to bring back masking requirements

By Staff

November 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This should come as no surprise.

Back to masking – new virus strains are infecting children

Toronto’s top doctor has been told by a local health board to “urgently explore” reissuing mask mandates, starting with local schools.

Rising COVID19 levels and increases in cases of influenza and respiratory syntactical virus

A respected health expert and assistant professor of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health   said “we really need a renewed sense of urgency,”

The public has been lulled into a false sense that the pandemic is over and it is only those in long term care facilities that are being infected.

This is far from over

Health officials urge residents to wear masks in crowded indoor spaces, including schools, to reduce viral spread and take pressure off pediatric units.

Toronto, along with other jurisdictions across Ontario, dropped mask mandates last March. The health board was told Tuesday that residents are now advised to mask in indoor spaces, especially crowded ones, if they feel “comfortable doing so.”

500 + people in a small space – few if any reports of a Covid spread. The Mayor was infected but that was believed be prior to this event

 

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CUPE showed how to change the decisions a government makes - a lesson to be kept in mind.

By Pepper Parr

November 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

OPINION

The students are back in the classrooms.

The members of the provincial Legislature have yet to assemble to rescind the bill they passed that imposed a four year contract on support staff and took away the right they have to strike.

We are told that the Legislature will return on Monday. The hope appears to be that a deal will be in place by then.

The unions are back at the bargaining table going over a revised offer.

Union representation from across the country gathered in Toronto – the government blinked.

This all came to being when more than two dozen union leaders who flew in from across the country to gather on a stage at the Sheraton hotel in Toronto that included some of the eight private-sector unions that endorsed the Progressive Conservatives in the June 2 election were opposed to his bill.

That forced the premier’s U-turn.

Doug Ford: not a happy man.T

It was an incredible show of force that included fear of a general strike next Monday.

When the Legislature resumes Monday, Ford will repeal Bill 28, the Keeping Students in Class Act, which had only passed last Thursday.

The immediate impact is the kids are back in the classroom. The larger impact, hopefully one that is being understood and appreciated, is that the public can force a government to change.

It will be interesting to see how chastened the members of the Progressive Party are when they gather on Monday – and how much of a shift there is in the way Doug Ford gets thing done.

The residents of Burlington can take something away from recent events – you can change what your local government does.

 

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Classic Albums Live, a Burlington Favorite, Returns this Season with two Shows

By Staff

November 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Note for Note, Cut for Cut, the Entire Album:

Classic Albums Live returns to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, with two iconic albums being presented in the 22/23 Season.

Classic Albums Live has become an audience favourite in Burlington,

The two albums featured this Season will be The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed and The Beatles’ Let It Be.

Classic Albums Live is not a tribute band but a group of extraordinary professional touring and recording musicians who come to the stage to present one album in its’ entirety – note for note, cut for cut – with a precise musical recreation like no other.

Classic Albums Live group has brought some of the best musicians together for 19 years presenting a rock album on stage, the way the artists intended for the collections to be enjoyed.

The Stones …

Friday November 25th, at 8pm The Rolling Stones’: Let It Bleed, sponsored by Stoner & Company Family Law, will be relished by the audience.  Hear classic cuts like “Midnight Rambler”, “Gimme Shelter” and all-time favourite, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

The only thing better than having Mick Jagger on stage is having Classic Albums Live present this album with musical precision and talent not found elsewhere.

Let It Bleed was a return to the Stones’ more blues-sound.  Other prominent sounds on the album include, gospel, country blues and country rock.  Recorded during a period of tremendous strain in the band, Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones’ founder and original leader, appeared in his last two songs before being fired and sadly passing a month later.

…. and Next year the Beatles.. Could it be any better than that.

In the New Year, on Thursday March 9th, at 8pm Classic Albums Live will return to BPAC with “The Beatles’ Let it Be, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.

Once again you will be swept away by a meticulous performance of this well loved and final studio album which is comprised of 12 cuts, most written but McCartney and Lennon as they worked to outwrite the other.   The soulful title track and other classic songs such as “Get Back” and “The Long and Winding Road” are just a few of the amazing hits you will enjoy.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s 22-23 Season is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Burlington.

 

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre presents
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE:

The Rolling Stones’: Let it Bleed
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 8 pm
Main Theatre

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE:

The Beatles’: Let it Be

Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 8pm

Main Theatre

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GO bus driver strike hurts those with limited transportation choices

BY Staff

November 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The battle to get an acceptable wage for the education sector support works has been very public.

Not so with people who do not have a union to represent them.

2,200 GO bus drivers walk off the job

We received the following yesterday from Jennifer B, we are withholding her last name. We have not touched the language.

“Your Go transit drivers should get a dose of karma. They went on strike today cause they don’t think they are getting paid enough

“Shame on their strike.T hanks to their greedy behavior, the rest of us won’t be able to get to work.

“Meanwhile the rest of us make $15 an hour which is far less than these guys make.

“The rest of us work 2 part time jobs to make ends meet.

“One of my part time jobs is in Burlington and the other in Niagara Falls. We don’t get regular train service here only buses. So basically due to the strike, I can’t get to work. How are we supposed to pay our bills then eh?”

The unions pulled together and brought about a change for the unionized sector.
It is up to the rest of us to do what has to be done to ensure that everyone can earn livable wage,

That is what the phrase “we are all in this together” or did I misunderstand?

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Registered Massage Therapist Arrested and Charged with Sexual Assault

By Staff

November 7th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest following a sexual assault investigation involving a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
On November 5, 2022, 66 year-old Li Ming Qu of Toronto was arrested and charged with one count of Sexual Assault.

Qu works as a Registered Massage Therapist at various locations in the Greater Toronto Area and police believe there may be additional victims.

A female victim contacted police after receiving treatment from Qu at a spa in Halton Hills in July (2022).

The accused has been released from custody pending a court appearance.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the HRPS Child and Sexual Assault (CASA) Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 8970.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

All allegations of sexual assault brought to the HRPS are investigated thoroughly and charges are laid when appropriate.

In alignment with our victim-centric approach to sexual assault investigations we cannot provide any further details at this time.

SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual assault is any touching of another person without their consent where the touching is of a sexual nature, or where the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. A sexual assault can range from unwanted touching to sexual assault involving penetration.

There is no statute of limitation when it comes to reporting a sexual assault. This means that no matter how long ago the sexual assault happened, a victim can still report it to police for investigation.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault can contact the Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit at 905-825-4777 for support.
Additional information can be found in our Sexual Assault Information Guide.

A valuable resource for information is also available on the Survivors Voices website.

 

 

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Freeman Station - the totally renovated structure was first put in place ten years ago.

By Staff

November 7th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Sometimes the best way to tell a story or explain a situation is to let the people who are the story tell it themselves.

FRIENDS OF FREEMAN STATION – 2022 FALL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Thank you to all who have supported the restoration of Freeman Station and the continuing development of the site as a heritage attraction with a railway theme for Burlington.

We hope that you might consider us again when planning your giving for this year.

During 2022, the restoration work continued on our CN caboose, and at our September Open House we were able to open the caboose to the public; it was an instant hit.

Operating costs have increased dramatically and are predicted to go even higher. We can all be proud of what we have achieved so far. This year 2022 marks our tenth anniversary since the station was moved to its permanent home. Relocation and restoration phases have been completed and now we are looking at preserving this valuable historic site for generations to come.

With your contributions, Freeman Station will provide a lasting transportation legacy for Burlington.

Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts of $25 or more received by year end 2022.

There are several ways to donate: 1. Complete an e-transfer directly from your financial institution to the FOFS email address: info@freemanstation.ca; or 2. Go to www.freemanstation.ca. Click on “Pay Pal” or “Canada Helps” at the bottom of the Home page; or 3. Send your cheque by mail to:

Friends of Freeman Station,
3023 New Street,
P.O. Box 91536, Roseland Plaza,
Burlington, Ont. L7R 4L6

Thank you in advance for your generosity,
Al Norton, President, Friends of Freeman Station
Ed Keenleyside, Chair, FOFS Fundraising Committee

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HRPS Engages Prominent Ontario Researcher to Study Policing of Hate Crime in Halton

By Staff

November 7th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

How do you police hate crimes?

Most believe that education is the solution.

If people are informed and understand the issues and don’t rely on uninformed views from their peers views can be developed that don’t result in hate.

The Region tends to get short but very painful bursts of hateful behaviour where groups are the target of graffiti and literature – much of this appears on social medit where it gets distributed widely very quickly.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is committed to the safety and well-being of those who call Halton home. This includes rigorously and thoroughly investigating all reports of hate and/or bias motivated incidents and supporting those affected by it.

Dr. Barbara Perry,  Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism

To ensure that the HRPS is fulfilling its mandate in this key area of policing, the Service has engaged prominent third-party consultant, Dr. Barbara Perry,  Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism and is recognized internationally for her groundbreaking work in this field.

Dr. Perry’s study will include an analysis of HRPS’ policy mandates, reporting mechanisms, and annual reports, as well as interviews with Service personnel, and community members who are most likely to be subjected to or impacted by hate.

Halton Residents Invited to Participate in Survey

Two suspects captured on video cameras leaving hate literature on the doors of city hall

In addition to the above and to help understand broader community perceptions regarding HRPS’ management of hate crime, Dr. Perry is extending an invitation to members of the community – including those who have had interactions with the HRPS in the context of hate and/or bias motivated incidents – to participate in a short, confidential survey.

The survey form is HERE. It can be completed between now and December 2, 2022, at https://bit.ly/policinghatecrimehrps.

Those with questions or comments regarding the study are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Perry directly via email at Barbara.Perry@ontariotechu.ca.

 

 

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Parking Restrictions - Brant Street, Nov. 11, 2022

By Staff

November 7th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Friday, Nov. 11 is Remembrance Day.

To accommodate the Remembrance Day Parade, there will be no on-street parking on:

Burlingtonians have shown up for Remembrance Day in increasing numbers over the past decade.

Brant Street from Baldwin to Pine Streets
Friday, Nov. 11, 2022
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are parked along the parade route, you may ticketed or towed.

Please walk, ride your bike or take transit.

If you need parking, try the Waterfront Garage, 414 Locust St.

 

 

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