Live Casino Dealers: Who Are They, And What Are Their Roles?

By Kevin N. Cochran

September 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Online casinos first made an appearance in the late 90s. The internet was still in its early stages, and gaming companies like Microgaming were already using the exciting technology to provide online casino games to thousands across the globe. A few years later, the idea of live gaming was introduced but failed to gain popularity owing to the poor speed of internet connection at the time.

The presenters are a large part of the online experience

But over the years, the internet has evolved, and speed is no longer a barrier. Millions of smartphones are also available and, live casino games have become a norm. Now, you can easily access the live casino   games with just a single click.

However, live gaming is only possible thanks to the live casino dealers, and here we’ll look into their various roles and responsibilities. But before playing live or virtual casino games, you should understand how it all works. That’s why experts like Kevin N. Cochran regularly provide gamblers with tips and guidance to help them maximize their gambling experience.

Who Are Live Game Dealers?
If you know about live dealers, then you definitely must have heard about live casinos. But if you’re not, worry not; we’ve got you covered.

Live casino is a niche of online gambling where players play their favorite games with real-life dealers instead of computer software.

Basically, the games are streamed from a land-based casino or studio, and players connect to the live stream and place wagers against a real dealer.

Examples of games you can play include Baccarat, Blackjack, and Roulette. For Roulette, you connect to the stream and place your bets using virtual chips; the presenter then spins the wheel to determine the outcome of your wager.

Some online casinos even allow players to communicate with themselves and the presenter during games. The presenters are also referred to as live casino dealers. They also go by other names like:

Game hosts
Table hosts
Card dealers
Games presenter.

But whichever name they go by, their functions are usually the same. Below, we’ll look at some of the roles of a table host.

What Are The Roles Of A Live Casino Dealer?
The main function of a live casino dealer is to host the games. There are different types of games, so their functions might differ a bit, but generally, their job is to take control of the table and handle the games.

As we’ve stated already, dealers in games like roulette are basically there to spin the table’s wheel and call out the game’s result. This is also the case in dice games, where they only have to roll the dice and announce the result.

However, the host is a lot more involved in more complex games like card games, baccarat, and blackjack. The cards are usually shuffled automatically by a card shuffler, so the host is charged with dealing with the cards during rounds and calling out results. Usually, only one dealer hosts a table, but they sometimes switch between tables. Here are some of the most common live casino games with dealers.

Baccarat
Roulette
Sic Bo
Poker
Craps.

What Does It Take To Become A Live Casino Dealer?
The live casino industry is very competitive, and only the best are selected for hosting roles. Below is a list of requirements for anyone aspiring to become a game presenter.

1. Age and Identification
Before being employed as a table host, you must show proof of your identity. It could be through a government-issued ID or any other means available in your country.

Also, most gaming houses will not employ people under 21, especially in the US and Europe. However, some use the 18-year limit. So it mostly depends on the country the platform is located.

People often play online in groups.

2. Education and Past Experience
Though education is not necessarily a requirement for a game hosting position, most employers require a minimum of a High school diploma. There’s also no need for experience, although it will definitely improve your chances.

Most dealers are young people, so they usually lack experience. As a result, selected hosts undergo extensive training to fully induct them into the industry.

3. Other Skills
Aside from meeting the age requirement, you’ll need to be proficient in the casino’s required language. There’s also a need to have good communication and entertaining skills.

The Bottom Line
Playing live casinos with dealers can be a fun way to recreate the thrills of a land-based gaming establishment. They offer an option to play your favorite games without playing against computer software.

However, these games are only possible thanks to the online game presenters. They handle the tables and are in charge of spinning wheels, rolling dice, and dealing cards.

To become a game presenter, you’ll need to be at least 18 or 21 in some countries. Also, you have to possess good communication and language skills.

Live dealers are an integral part of live casino gaming. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

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Betting online is very popular with Canadians; one of their favourite pastimes is playing poker

By Novo Labadan Benaojan

August 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Canadians are best known for their love for entertainment and wagering of any form is welcome. Betting online is very popular with Canadians and among their favorite pastime is playing poker or any card games virtual or live. It may be challenging to look for the best online casino but many betting sites offer a wide range of games and the best bonus.

The Online Casinos of Canada
Canada is lenient in gambling as long as the player is of legal age of 19 although in Quebec people are allowed to gamble at the age of 18 therefore no one is prosecuted for gambling online or land-based as long as they are playing in a licensed casino. Online betting is acceptable in the country because it is not indicated in their criminal code that it is illegal. One thing is sure, Canadian players follow the gambling standard procedure locally and offshore as well as its rules.

Additional Legal Information of Canada
· Canadians play for leisure.
· Canadian players are not liable for any legal or reputational risk due to gambling.
· It is illegal to operate any form of gambling without a license.
· All winnings are non-taxable therefore the player can enjoy their payout of 100%.
· It is legal to wager online from offshore.

All online casinos from Canada are legal and guaranteed safe from malicious cyber issues and any form of virtual threats because all sites have powerful firewalls and are equipped with the Secure Socket Layer of the SSL which is used by major banks all over the world. The SSL encrypts the personal information of the operator and the player to ensure the safety and security of their data.

What can online wagering offer

– Mobile compatibility
Majority of the online punters prefer betting through their smartphones because of their convenience and easy access. Mobile wagering is suitable for modern people with a modern lifestyle. All casino sites are constantly updating their site to cope with the modernity of the gadget, the speed of the internet, and the digital technology itself. Lately, 5Gen has been introduced hence the majority of the online punters also updated their gadgets which is why major online casinos upgrade their sites. However, some punters whose devices were not updated can play and wager thru Cloud Gaming.

Efficient claim of winnings
The online casino has diverse payment options such as digital wallets like Paypal, open banking payment methods like Trustly, and Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. There are a lot more payment systems that are available in major online casinos for the player’s convenience in all monetary transactions.

– Real Money
The best part of using real money in the online casino is the bigger chance to win and receive real cash which most Canadians like the most.

– Benefits
One of the big reasons why many people were drawn to online gambling in Canada is the numerous bonuses and benefits. Casino sites also offer promos and coupons and some tournaments to delight avid online gamblers.

– Numerous Games to enjoy
Physical and online casinos offer similar types of games. It differs from the diverse ways in which the punter can play online. Online casino software offers more than 3000 modes of games using advanced graphics and sounds. Major casinos have two or more gaming software for the players to have the best online casino gaming experience.

Listed below are the online casino games played by most Canadian punters:

· Blackjack
· Craps
· Sic Bo
· Keno
· Poker
· Baccarat
· Slot Machines
· Bingo
· Roulette

All of these games ensure high-quality graphics with state-of-the-art sounds and technology which synchronizes to most games of the online casino. Best of all, they also have various bonuses and benefits plus higher Return to Player or RTP compared to land-based casinos.

Convenience
Comfort in wagering is one of the key reasons why people prefer wagering online. Having the liberty to place a bet anytime and anywhere and to be in control is indeed the best.

Final Insight
All forms of wagering in Canada are embraced as long as the operator and the player follow the rules the government implemented. However, due to its leniency, issues of gambling addiction might occur hence moderation is always advised.

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Shuttleworth holds her campaign for re-election in one of the fancier restaurants

By Pepper Parr

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

You just have to like the way Margo Shuttleworth does things.

Margo Shuttleworth has earned a doctorate in jurisprudence from a university in Scotland

A decent school board trustee – she gets back to people pretty quickly and is certainly no slouch when it comes to ideas and input on what can be done to make the school board she serves as a trustee an organization that tries hard to hear what parents want for their chuldren.

In announcing the launch of her campaign for re-election she said the event would take place at Jake’s Oyster Bar and Grill (Walker’s and Harvester), on September 11th, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 P.M

“I would love the opportunity to meet as many people in-person as possible and discuss your ideas about school communities – so please spread the word.

When Shuttleworth ran in 2014 she produced a pledge saying basically that she would do the job were she to be elected. She wasn’t elected. She won the ward 4 trustee seat in 2018

“Free appetizers will be provided and you will have the opportunity to ask me your questions, get involved in supporting my candidacy for re-election, and find out more about the HDSB’s plans for next four years. “

One would usually expect the background for an election campaign to re-elect a trustee would have something in the way of an educational setting.

Kudo’s to Shuttleworth for bringing some “local colour” to the election of a school board trustee. These events tend to talk in terms of “multitudes of three or four people.

Shuttleworth is currently the Chair of the Board of trustees who replaced Andre Grebenc who many thought was doing a pretty good job. The Chair of the Board is selected by the trustees.

Related news story:

Candidate takes a pledge to do the job

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There is a must attend set of meetings coming up next week - if a Candidate shows up at your door - ask why they aren't in the 'classroom'

By Pepper Parr

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There are 24 people running for seats on Council. That includes Walter Tuck about whom we know nothing

Lisa Kearns ward 4 Councillor once took part in a meeting while driving her children home from school – THAT is multi-tasking.

Few have any real idea as to what they are getting themselves into. The five people who were new to council in December of 2018 must have felt they were thrown into the deep end of a swimming pool without a life jacket when they began sitting at meetings.

In looking back at their individual performances there is a lot to learn – something we will dig into as we work our way towards election day.

Next week there is an opportunity for the 19 people people running for council seats for the first time to get a first hand look at what they are getting into.

City Council makes the policy decisions and decides if they like and want what they see in a Staff report. The actual decision gets made at those Council meetings when the Mayor is in the Chair.

Councillor Sharman loves Council meetings – that is his playing field – the place where he can show off, have fun and get cranky – all within the same meeting.

The work, the debate and the discussion involving members of council and staff along with outside consultants who have been brought in is where the rubber hits the road. These are the Standing Committees that Council, with significant Staff and City Manager input created: the Chairs of these Standings Committees are determined by Council and they change every year.

This is where you get to see what individual council members have in the way of strengths and skills sets.

When they show up at your door – ask them – did you attend the Standing Committee meetings – and then ask what they learned.

Councillor Stolte has perhaps the best attendance record – she may have missed two meetings. She chose to attend those meetings for which she wasn’t paid.

The four Standing Committees that will meet next week are:

On the 12th – the Audit Standing Committee meets. This is the one Committee that does not have a council member as chair; it also has to citizen members. It audits – anything it wants to audit. The city auditor takes direction from the committee members. There are some audit functions that are mandated.
’s role it to look at number and determine if the

On the 13th, CPRM, the Community Planning, Regulation & Mobility Committee meets. Statutory Public Meetings are part of what this meeting covers.

On the 14th CSSRA: Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee meets. This is the committee that handles the budget meetings.

Councillor Galbraith would prefer to work from home all the time – but he attends council meetings most of the time.

And on the 15th EICS, the Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services Committee meets.

Councillor Nisan has worked from his home since the beginning of the pandemic

Traditionally the meetings start at 9:30, the br4eak for a one hour lunch and run until 4 pm. If the agenda is full the resume at 6:30 and run until 10 – they can add a half hour if they wish.

Those full day meetings are not the exception – it all depends on the agenda – Planning and the Budget take up a lot of the oxygen.

If any of the candidates running for the first time doesn’t log into these meetings – you know for sure that they are going to be lousy councillors if they are elected.

These are the seven people who want to be re-elected. every seat is at risk: some much more so than others.

 

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New Democrats want to put a stop to rent gouging during a severe shortage of units that can be rented

By Staff

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The New Democrats are going to sponsor a bill to put an end to landlord rent gouging.

They plan to introduce a Rent Stabilization Act that will require a landlord to charge new tenants what the last tenant paid.

Getting that information into the hands of a tenant who is scrambling to find a place to live will be both awkward and cumbersome.

Admittedly – something has to be done – but creating a new level of bureaucracy isn’t the answer.

The two members of the Legislature will be holding a media event on Wednesday – we will see what they have to say.

It would be nice if the government found the moral compass they lost, even before they were elected, and set new bearings for themselves.

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Getting to the glass ceiling - and then breaking through it

By Staff

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Have you ever wished you could break through the boundaries that are keeping your start up from growing?

When it comes to your business, what’s holding you back from success? Is it the lack of understanding about how to scale? Is it the fear of taking on debt or asking for funding? Or is it that you’re just not sure where to start when it comes to learning more about sales and marketing?

If any of those were your answer, then we have good news: Beyond Boundaries is a 7-week accelerator program for women entrepreneurs with a product in market or a go-to-market plan. Experts will teach you sales, scaling, finance, and technology—all while sharing their experiences and helping you overcome your fears.

This is an incredible opportunity for women who are ready to take their businesses to the next level. If this sounds like something that might be up your alley (and we hope it does!), you can learn more and apply on our website.

Not sure if Beyond Boundaries is for you? Join our info session on Sept 20th to get all your questions answered.

Registration for the September 20th event is HERE 

If you need a little more information about the program  before you dive in click HERE

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City is now accepting 2023/2024 event applications

By Pepper Parr

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

This article, originally published on the 4th, has been updated considerably.

The City is inviting event organizers and groups to plan and apply for 2023-2024 event permits.

Applications for 2023 events are requested no later than Sept. 30, 2022 in order to be considered in the annual allocation process.

Event organizers and planning groups are encouraged to bring forward diverse and inclusive events that are fun, thought-provoking and/or stimulate cultural engagement through different perspectives.

For more information and the process that is used click HERE

Using city space requires permits and there is a fee structure.

Applications are encouraged from:

  • LGBTQ+ groups
  • Indigenous groups
  • Cultural based groups
  • Service clubs
  • Community groups
  • Individuals supporting a common interest or goal

Some events may be eligible for funding from the City through the Arts and Culture Fund.

The Santa Claus parade has taken place for more than 45 years in Burlington. Organized by a citizens group that works out of the city’s Festivals and Events office it is the premier holiday event in the city.

Arts and Culture Fund

The City of Burlington’s Arts and Culture Fund provides grants to local artists, multicultural groups, and arts and cultural organizations to help with projects that:

  • Encourage social connections, enhance quality of life and invest in Burlington’s culture and economy
  • Allow Burlington residents to experience and engage with arts and culture
  • Foster creativity
  • Nurture the arts and culture sector in Burlington

The program recognizes and supports diverse identities, perspectives, languages, cultures and artistic practices. Funding must be used to further an applicant’s not-for-profit activities and grants are intended to support a specific activity or event taking place over the upcoming year.

Applications are open each year in January and cannot be combined with other City funding.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture explains what the city does and doesn’t do:  “While the City is proud to run the Kids Mini Fest, Canada Day and the Santa Claus Parade, we look to our community partners and groups to run any other events for the community.

“We’re inviting new, interesting and vibrant festivals and events to the city for everyone to enjoy. City staff are available to help guide event organizers through the City’s process.”

Links and Resources

www.burlington.ca/eventapplications

www.burlington.ca/artsandculturefund

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Tony Brecknock at the doorstep and at high traffic intersections maintaining the city's strength is in its communities

By Pepper Parr

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Tony Brecknock is energetic; an entrepreneur who works in television production and direct marketing and wants to sit on city council.

He has a view of the city that we don’t hear expressed the way Brecknock does very often.  Brecknock believes that the city’s strength is in  it’s communities and he wants to focus on the communities that make up ward 4 and do what he can for the rest of the city.

Life long resident of the city, active in community sports, Brecknock is now ready to move into local politics – want the ward 4 seat at council.

Brecknock, like all of the candidates we have interviewed so far, has little to say about the Regional level of government.  The planning and construction of critical infrastructure is done at that level along with the setting up of social services that apply to all the municipalities – it is not a level of government to be ignored.

Brecknock has worked with the three main political parties in some fashion.  It isn’t clear just where his political philosophy landed.  During the last provincial election he worked with the New Democrats – helping out in their campaign office.

Born on the kitchen table in a mining village in the north of England where coal was King – he was in Canada before he was six months old.  His father, a coal miner, decided that it was in their best interest to leave. ‘

‘There was no opportunity for advancement and, as he once told me, “There was no way my son was going down that coal pit”. He packed us all up and as the saying goes, with only the shirts on our backs (like so many others) we emigrated to Canada searching for a better life.

As time went on they prospered. The children all graduated from post-secondary and started their own adventures from a better position than where their parents started.

His focus is on community where he believes Councillors have to spend more time listening and engaging people.

He said: “On a municipal level I believe 80 percent of all conversations at council should be about the people, my neighbours, and what’s important to them in their day to day lives.”

He asks people:” What makes Burlington so great?, we don’t have minerals under the ground, we don’t have a foundry or heavy industry at the lake and we aren’t a university town. So what makes us such a desirable place to live?

Along with knocking on doors part of the Brecknock strategy is to station himself at an intersection at 8:00 am and wave to the passing traffic with his supporters on the four corners holding his election sign.

“The answer is it’s our neighbourhoods, it’s the people, our livability, our parks and green spaces, it’s you and me. That is our superpower and in order to make things the best they can be it falls on our officials to be looking, participating and seeing what the residents see. Answering questions – hopefully before the questions are asked! Simply put, I want to put the service back in Public Servant.”

His first decision when he decided to run for office was to get out and meet with people.  He also made a point of meeting with the incumbent.

Brecknock learned that Traffic and transportation are the issues he hears most about at the door.

He believes that if the city takes the position that “we can get you there” using public transit and then follows through on that statement a lot of the traffic grid lock problems can be solved.

Those two issues are followed up with intensification and affordable housing.

Speeding on the streets of the city really gets to Brecknock – he wants to see traffic light synchronization in place maintaining that it works in other cities – no reason why it cannot work here.

Should Brecknock make it to city hall – get ready for a different kind of Councillor.  Long drawn out discussion on an issue isn’t his style.  His approach is going to be to hire the best consultants they can find and listen to what they have to say and then get on with the job of delivering.

There is a directness in Brecknock that might take a little getting used to – but he means business when that thumb goes up.

Tony Brecknock has been in the private sector all his life – he knows what it takes to make a profit and he wants to be part of a change he thinks is badly needed at city hall – both at the Council level and the administration level.

He was an active participant in the fight to keep to ensure that the students at Lester B. Pearson found the home they needed at BB WHAT when the trustees had taken their direction from Staff to close the school.

Brecknock was not at the front of that parade – at that time he was more of a behind the scenes operator, listening and learning.

“I want to defend, maintain and protect my neighbourhood, and make sure that as we progress forward it is in a way that benefits the next generation, just as we did.”

Elections are seldom predictable.  There are three new candidate and an incumbent running for re-election – this is going to be a race to watch.

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That promised report on managing the coyote risk - not yet.

By Pepper Parr

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Stephen White told me that he gave up checking his email at about 5:30 on Friday – he realized that the promised message to the public on the way the city was going to manage the coyote problem wasn’t going to arrive – which he fully understood.

White was surprised when he was told that there would be a report issued on the Friday.

What bothers White the most is that in its effort to engage the public the Communications people over promise and under deliver – and in the process lose the trust that is so critical in keeping the flow of traffic going in the right direction.

We recently published an article on how keeping the faith with the public you serve is so important.

The city manager should have made it required reading for everyone involved in working with the public.

At some point – whatever the city wanted to get out on Friday will get sent out – and the plan apparently is to discuss the document at a Standing Committee on the 14th.

This, yet another trust fracture could have been avoided if the city manager had just sent out a note saying staff needed more time.

Related news stories:

Getting ahead of bad press

The Burlington Oakville Coyote Management document comes to light.

City manager meet with Stephen White – conversation produced results

Reporting to the public.

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We are still in a pandemic: keep your vaccinations up to date

By Pepper Parr

September 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

With the holidays behind us our minds turn to getting the kids back into school and returning to a different momentum when it comes to the work we do and the interests we involve ourselves in.

We don’t want to think about the pandemic – so far, you might say, I have been Ok – which is nice but there re many that have not been Ok and some of those people are no longer with us.

The crowds we saw at RibFest were for the most part maskless – what will we see in the way of new reports on infections in about 10 days?

People are still being infected – don’t be one of them.

The Regional Heath people, those are the people, along with the nurses and the people working in long term care facilities are the ones doing the really heavy lifting report that:

first booster doses are now available for children aged 5 to 11 years at Halton’s Paediatric Clinics.
Appointments began September 1; additional appointments are added regularly on Halton’s Vaccine Clinics webpage.

Evening appointments are also available starting September 6.  Click HERE to book an appointment

As of Tuesday, August 30, 1,388,675 doses have been administered in Halton. This represents 88 per cent of Halton’s eligible population who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 85 per cent who have received two doses, 62 per cent who have received three doses and 19 per cent who have received four doses.

The vaccination status dashboard is updated on Tuesday and Friday between 12 and 2 p.m. Please click HERE here to view the full dashboard.

We are still in a pandemic – we still have to be careful and keep our vaccinations up to date. One dose doesn’t do it.

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Are we about to get another round of election based robo calls ?

By Pepper |Parr

September 5th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Do you remember those robo calls the last time we went to the polls municipally?

They were quite nasty and resulted in criminal complaints being made, an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police and charges laid that were for the most part dropped.

The Mayor was sued, and we believe that matter is still before the Courts – the city hall communications people don’t put out media releases on that matter.

Marianne Meed Ward accepting applause from her supporters the night she knew she was going to be sworn in as Mayor

What we do know is that the Mayor has in the recent past declared a conflict of interest when discussions, held in closed session, about just how much the legal department is spending.

We might be about to get another round of robo calls if a message sent out to the candidates is any indicator.

One candidate sent us the following:

As you are well aware, yesterday- September 1st was the first day that Voters’ Lists were made available to all municipal candidates. If you picked up your voters’ list, you would have noticed that telephone numbers were not included. This is where we can help. You can order a match and append of all phone numbers from various directories to your voters’ list.
Please inquire today on pricing for our match and append telephone directory service to the Voters’ List.

I can be reached at 416-816-0443 or via email — ferd@bellwethertechnologies.ca

One candidate asks:

City Clerk Kevin Arjoon – candidate has a question for him on the voters list.

“Is this not an inappropriate use of Voters Lists ?” The candidate goes on to say the the Clerk’s Office was asked just that question and then added: “If not answered I will be looking for an answer at the Zoom Candidates meeting September 6, 2022 at 6pm.

A meeting via Zoom for the candidates? Is the public invited? And if not – why not?

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Rib Fest gave people a chance to get out and meet with friends and enjoy a good chow down

By Katelyn Goodwin

September 5th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

With the first Rib Fest in three years coming to an end, it is worth taking a look at how the event – what worked and what didn’t work and where changes might be made.

People clearly enjoyed getting out and being with friends and enjoying a decent meal.

It was the first major event (with the exception of sound of Music) where hundreds of people mingled and stood around talking to friends without feeling they had to mask up.

The two-year absence from Spencer Smith Park, due to COVID restrictions seemed to heighten the interest in attending.

The crowds were good – what surprised me was just how many came from outside the city to attend.

Out of the thirty-eight people I had the chance to talk to during my time interviewing people, about fourteen of them were locals there to enjoy the Rib Fest; Burlingtonians have been doing this since 1996 – this is very much a Burlington event that attracts a lot of visitors.

Ten of the people I spoke with who didn’t live in Burlington heard about the event from co-workers or friends, and the other half having always come from Hamilton, Oakville, Brampton specifically to attend the Rib Fest.

The latter reason says a lot about just how much the festival has grown.

There were people in the park who had simply came downtown for a day out and were drawn to the activity of the festival, having never been before.

A young pair had admitted being out sightseeing in downtown Burlington, curious as to what was going on at Spencer Smith Park. This led to them getting their first ‘taste’ of the festival.

Another pair around the same age had also been sightseeing, with the young lady from Burlington and the young man new to the city.

There were two people from the U.K who were touring Canada, three others who had just moved to Burlington.

There were a few people I talked to who had thoughts about the festival itself and its setup. A very good friend of mine who is a local was happy to enjoy it again after not having been there in a while, thought rides, games, and concession stands that were spread throughout the park was a good idea – people didn’t have to walk back and forth from one area to the other to enjoy an activity.

An older gentleman from outside Burlington wanted to come to the festival again after attending the last one before COVID but said he wouldn’t do it frequently due to the cost of the ribs and other food.

A couple who had just moved to Canada said their second time at the festival was nice, but wished they allowed dogs in, having taken theirs with them that day. I believe they may have said that in a lighthearted/joking manner, though it was still informative to hear the thoughts of others about such a big local event.

Good crowd with traffic flowing smoothy. And a dog that got in. Was there a rule against dogs?

The only difference that told anyone we were still dealing with a pandemic was the way the tables were set out this year.

Social distancing appears to be a thing of the past: I saw six people with masks at the festival out of the hundreds down there, one of which only had it in his hand. It appears there are only a few these days who still wish to take personal precautions.

It became clear to me that Rib Fest continues to be an event that attracts people from the region and many that experience the event for the first time.

RibFest closes at 7 pm this evening.

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Regional Chair shows up at Rib Fest - only politician we saw looking for a good meal

By Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The crowds were there.

We didn’t see a single Burlington member of Council in the crowd.

Regional Chair Gary Carr working his cell phone while at the Rib Fest on Friday

We did see Regional Chair Gary Carr working is cell phone.

He was on his way to the VIP tent to meet up with former Mayor Rick Goldring, an opportunity to swap election war stories.

Carr was looking good.  During the short conversation he kept breaking away to shake hands with the police officers on duty.  He knew several by name and spoke proudly of the new recruits who were sworn in recently.

 

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The promised report to the public didn't arrive - it was an ambitious schedule that didn't get met. Maybe on Tuesday

By Pepper Parr

September 3rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Well Friday came and went.  Stephen White was logging into his email on the quarter hour to see if the city had managed to meet the commitment it had made to get a report out to the public on how they were going to manage the coyote problem by the end of Friday.

Signs and whistles are the tools the city is using at this point – citizens were waiting for a report that was scheduled to be released on Friday.

Many thought it was a target that would not be met.  The two meetings on the Thursday: one at 10:30 and the other at 1:00 pm didn’t leave enough time for the communications people to put together a solid review of what they had discussed  – things just don’t work that quickly at city hall – especially if you want to get it right the first time.

On the Thursday evening I was with a group that was singing as a choir that wasn’t competing, wasn’t preparing for an event – just singing and enjoying themselves.

When it was over I was heading back to my car and Jane Kelly Cook, the organizer of the event – it was held in her back yard which borders on the Centennial Trail, said she would show me the way – as we approached Seneca Street she paused and said: “It was right here, on this spot that someone was bitten by a coyote – it wasn’t a serious bite – but more than enough to scare the daylights out of the person.

Many think that city hall and some of the Council members are just not really in touch with their constituents – and if they are they aren’t saying very much.

There doesn’t appear to be much in the way of leadership from the Office of the Mayor or the city manager.  And none of the members of Council have chosen to be a voice the public can pay attention.

What the public was getting was statements that appear to have been written by the communications department.

One Gazette reader, who isn’t always that reliable but he did seem to have information that wasn’t made up, told of a program the city of Thunder Bay has in place.

Alfred Facenda, at times known as Albert Facenda, a small developer who has made Burlington the market he works in, sent the following comment to the Gazette:

Let me give you an example of what leadership looks like.

In Thunder Bay the citizens were experiencing an incredibly high motor vehicle collision rate. In the  urban part of  Thunder Bay  the  amount of deer vehicle collisions numbered 800 per year. Clearly the thought of a 250 pound deer slamming through your windshield at 60 kmh began to concern citizens.

Taking everything into consideration the City council decided to reduce the number of deer in the city.  They then did the unthinkable. They allowed the citizens to hunt deer within City limits. Now remember this is a City of 175 thousand people, about the size of Burlington. The stipulations were archery only, shooting from stands or platforms 10 feet or higher. Resulting in shooting at close distances into the ground for safety reasons and you had to be a licensed hunter having completed all the safety courses.

The deer vehicle collisions dropped by 700 and citizens are much safer. To date no archery accidents This program has been in place since 2012. The “Citiots” of Burlington might learn something from people who hunt and fish and routinely see bears, moose, deer and other incredible species and understand what has to be done to manage animal numbers.

Not to mention knowing what a great venison roast tastes like.

. 2% of the population should not be telling the 98% what to do.

City Manager Tim Commisso

Editor’s note: The irony of this is too much to keep to myself. On Thursday when Stephen White was on a Zoom call with City Manager Tim Commisso, he told the Gazette that Tim was in Thunder Bay, his home town and where he has family. He also served Thunder Bay as city manager for a period of time.  He retired from that job, worked in the private sector for a period of time – until Marianne Meed Ward invited him for a cup of coffee.  And we know where that led.

 

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Rib Fest had a great first day - citizens talked about coyote problem - visitors loved the event

By Katelyn Goodwin

September 3rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

While covering the Rotary Rib Fest at Spencer Smith Park on Friday I talked to some of the people about the recent coyote attacks reported in south central Burlington.

Signs and whistles were the tools the city was using to combat the coyote problem.

While many folks come from outside the city simply to enjoy the Rib Fest, there are those residing within Burlington and on the outskirts who are aware of these attacks and were aware of what the city is doing to manage the problem.

Those from outside Burlington are aware of the attacks, though unaware of how the city is handling them.

For the most part residents believe the city is doing all they can and should educate people on the issue; some think the city cannot do a whole lot more than they already are – others claim they are providing minimal info and should be providing more.

Other people noted the distribution of whistles for the use of ‘hazing’ wild animals they may encounter, saying it was a decent solution for the time being.

Two women had many thoughts to share on the subject. One believed a reason for the sudden aggressive behaviour in coyotes stemmed from the issue of some people feeding wild animals, causing them to become more territorial. She also believed the elimination of the coyote suspected to have been the one that bit and scratched the leg of an eighteen-year-old girl south of Lakeshore Road as well as attack a two and a half-year-old toddler was ‘unfortunate, but necessary’.

While she stated she did not enjoy hearing about the elimination of any animal, she did not want any other residents or children injured by them, or any small pets attacked and killed.

It was the new normal everyone wanted. Few masks in sight.

The other woman said she felt sorry for the coyotes, believing us to have taken more of their habitat/territory away, though acknowledged what had to be done under city orders to take safety precautions. She was particularly concerned about the uncharacteristic aggression in the animals suddenly, calling it ‘worrying behaviour’.

As noted, there are differing thoughts from both Burlington residents and residents outside the city about these unprovoked coyote attacks and what the city is doing to manage the problem even during an enjoyable event such as the Rib Fest, with people coming to their own conclusions on what is being done/needs to be done to resolve the problem.

The interesting thing about asking people questions at a large public event is the answers you get. One woman from New York city was in town visiting and decided to take in the Rib Fest to see what it was like.

This is what brings them back to Burlington’s Rotary Rib Fest!

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So far the crowds are good and the ribs are great - crowd control is working

By Pepper Parr

September 3rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It has been a couple of years hasn’t it?

It has been two years since we’ve seen scenes like this.

What has changed in the Rib Fest so many people come to Burlington to enjoy ?

He loves his job.

The crowds are certainly going to be there.  The ribbers are most certainly there.

The biggest difference is the way the tables at which you sit to eat those finger licking ribs.

Tables were spread in what we now call “social distancing”.

They are set up to seat about 8 to 10 people and spread about 10 to 12 feet apart.

Many people bought foot and chose to sit on the wall next to the lake.

Some people were wearing masks – but no where near the majority.

The police were out in force – none of them wearing masks.

The schedule:

Saturday, September 3, 2022 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, September 4, 2022 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday, September 5, 2022 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM

It was an occasion when people were meeting people, glad to be out and enjoying fine weather.

A typical Rib Fest crowd – thousands come to Burlington for the event.

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Who are we and what do we look like graphically ?

By Staff

September 3rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Regional government has a department that reprints all the municipalities in their efforts to attract new corporations and other organizations that are looking for a place to locate their operations.

The turmoil south of us and the exceptional public safety record the Region has make the four municipalities very attractive.

In helping people understand what the Region is all about their business attraction people created the following two infographics to tell part of the story.

There is data in their that might surprise you.

 

The dwelling types will undergo a radical change as the construction of high rise towers begin to be built in Burlington, Within a decade we will see at least a third of the population in high rise and eventually close to a majority.

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Florabundance - at the Art Gallery

By Staff

September 2nd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

At the Art Gallery of Burlington from August 30 – September 27

Fireside Lounge

Reception & Artist Talk: September 11, 2 PM

Arts Burlington presents Florabundance, an exhibition of new photographs by Tom Stephens.

Showing in the Fireside Lounge, August 30 to September 27, Florabundance features striking botanical imagery inspired by the artist’s own garden.

Reception & Artist Talk: September 11, 2 PM, for your chance to view and purchase an original piece!

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City giving away 500 trees - registration is open now

By Staff

September 2nd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Fall is a good time to plant trees. To make that point the city is giving away 500 trees to residents. The trees are free, but residents will need to register and select their preferred tree from 10 types of trees.

Types and quantities are limited to first registered, first served. One tree per address.

Direct link 

To register for a tree, visit getinvolvedburlington.ca/forest-health. Registration is open now.

Pick up date and time:

Tree planting as a community event or putting an additional tree in your back yard it all adds to then canop

Sept. 24, 2022 – Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick-up time is dependent on species selected
Location: Roads, Parks and Forestry Operations Centre, 3330 Harvester Rd., Burlington

Trees will be between four and seven feet tall. Please ensure you can safely transport the trees. A City staff member will place the tree into your vehicle.

Tree Planting Tips
1. Ensure the type of tree will fit the space you have available

2. Contact www.ontarioonecall.ca before you dig to ensure there are no wires, pipes or cables where you will dig

3. Dig a hole roughly twice the width and depth of the tree’s pot

4. Remove the pot and carefully place the tree into the hole

5. Fill the hole back in with the soil removed while digging and water thoroughly

6. Water the tree several times a week to minimize the stress on the tree and ensure good root growth

Steve Robinson, Manager of Urban Forestry points out that:  “Planting trees on private property is a big help for us in expanding our tree canopy important that we ensure there is a variety of trees planted and not just one type.

“By having several tree types in an area, it creates stronger trees and reduces the likelihood of an entire area being wiped out by a disease or pest that only impacts one type of tree.”

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Public Engagement Opportunities for Burlington’s Woodlands

By Staff

September 2nd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The announcement from city hall billed the event as “Public engagement opportunities for Burlington’s woodlands”  The City wants to once again engage its citizens.

They are looking for input to help inform a Woodland Management Strategy (WMS) that will for the first time, provide comprehensive 20-year strategic direction for the management of all City-owned woodlands. These woodlands cover more than 300 hectares of land.

Ultimately, the WMS will help preserve and grow the city’s woodlands and will provide:

• information on the current state of Burlington’s woodlands
• a long-term vision for the City’s woodlands
• city-wide woodland management goals, funding requirements, recommendations, and targets
• forest management plans are operational documents guiding management activities for specific woodlands within the bounds of the WMS

The city wants a long term plan to maintain property like this.

Residents can learn about the project and provide feedback that will inform goals, targets and funding priorities. This includes financial and community investment into environmental protection for reducing floods, invasive species, green infrastructure and reducing our carbon footprint.

There are multiple opportunities for people and professionals to provide input into the plan.

All opportunities are available at getinvolvedburlington.ca/wms. Locate a woodland

Visit getinvolvedburlington.ca/wms to submit an area you value in Burlington’s public woodlands, or places where you would like improvements to be made within woodlands.

Residents can upload comments and photos and see what others have posted. The City will be collecting your urban woodland locations now until Sept. 29, 2022.

Virtual Public Information Centre
Attend the online public information centre on Sept. 14, 2022 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to learn more about the state of Burlington’s woodlands and ask questions about the Woodland Management Strategy.

The public information centre will be hosted via Zoom and pre-registration at getinvolvedburlington.ca/wms is required.

A caution here.  City Council meets on the 14th – the meeting could extend into the evening.

Woodland walk
On Sept. 17, 2022 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the City and the Woodland Management Strategy project team will be leading a walk through Tansley Woods, starting at the rear of the Tansley Woods Recreation Centre parking lot, 1996 Itabashi Way. This walk offers a chance to learn about the current challenges that the City is facing in the management of its woodlands. Participants can also ask your questions about the woodlot management strategy.

Please be at Tansley Woods by no later than 9:15 a.m. on Sept.17; late arrivals may miss the walk. Walking or hiking shoes are encouraged.  RSVP your attendance at getinvolvedburlington.ca/wms.

How will the Woodland Management Strategy relate to the Urban Forest Master Plan?
The City’s Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) will provide the strategic direction to manage the urban forest in response to new problems facing urban trees and their management.

While woodlands are an important part of Burlington’s urban forest, the City’s urban forest also includes a range of other urban tree types, including street trees, park trees, and trees growing on private property.

The UFMP will provide management direction related to all of these urban forest components. The Woodland Management Strategy will play an important part in achieving the overall goals and objectives of the UFMP.

The woods are even more peaceful in the winter.

What are woodlands?
Generally, the term woodland is used to refer to groupings of self-seeded trees, growing under ‘natural’ forest conditions. Ontario’s Forestry Act defines woodlands as supporting a density of at least 250 established (20-centimeter trunk diameter) trees per hectare. Groups of trees featuring smaller diameter trees could still meet the qualities of a woodland, consistent with the definition in the Forestry Act, but would also need to feature a higher tree density.

Steve Robinson, Manager of Forestry explains:  “The City of Burlington owns and is responsible for the management of more than 300 hectares of woodlands. This Woodland Management Strategy will, for the first time, deliver a coordinated 20-year strategy and supporting management plans for individual woodlands.

The Strategy will offer the comprehensive direction necessary to properly inform management of woodland health and diversity, risk, resilience, and sustainable practices.”

Links and Resources you might want to follow up on:

getinvolvedburlington.ca/wms

burlington.ca/forestry

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