Aldershsot Pool Closure

 

By Staff

November 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Due to an unplanned repair issue, Aldershot Arena will be closed Sunday, Nov. 6 and Monday, Nov. 7.

User groups and renters are being contacted with options.

 

closed Sunday and Monday

For a list of other drop-in options, visit burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

 

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Applications to run an outdoor neighbourhood ice rink now available

By Staff

October 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There was a layer of frost on the windshield this morning. Winter weather is getting close and that means ice rinks.

The city today announced that applications to run an outdoor neighbourhood ice rink now available

If you want a local rink – be in touch with Parks and Recreation.

Neighbours are encouraged to come together to maintain outdoor community ice rinks this winter at select locations throughout the city. Applications for the Neighbourhood Rink program are available now at burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink and are due by Oct. 31, 2022.

Groups looking to organize a neighbourhood rink at pre-approved locations will need a minimum of six people from their community to maintain the rink. Volunteers who are approved to move forward with their rink will need to agree to the terms and conditions set out in the Neighbourhood Rinks program, agree to complete training and agree to keep maintenance records of the rink and provide their own water source.

City staff will install rink boards, hoses and tarps in each location and provide a training manual with tips on ice maintenance. As the colder weather arrives, each neighbourhood group will flood the rinks to get them ready for a first skate and then maintain them throughout the winter.

Neighbourhood rinks are open to all community members to skate for free.

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Catamaran Championship races in Burlington - September 19 - 23, 2022, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

By Staff

September 12th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The BBCC (Burlington Beach Catamaran Club) is hosting the 2022 North American A-Cat Catamaran Championships, Sept. 19 to 23, 2022, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the support of the City of Burlington and the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority.

Burlingtonians may not see this kind of action – but what they do see will be exciting and daring.

This is a major event for the BBCC as it represents the first time in 40 years that the North American Championships are held outside of the USA. The A-Cat is one of the fastest single handed dinghy catamarans in the world often exceeding speeds of 55 kilometres per hour (or 30 knots).

These fast light weight (75 kg) sailboats use new foiling technology that raises almost the entire boat right out of the water except for the foiling boards and rudders.

All racing to be visible from Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park and the Burlington Pier. Spectators will be encouraged to experience the event by walking along Burlington Beach Park, meeting the racers and checking out these modern high-tech fast catamarans.

We are expecting 50 to 70 sailors from across North America and Europe. The attached background document provides additional information about A-Cats and the event.

About the Burlington Beach Catamaran Club (https://www.burlingtoncatamaranclub.com/)

The Burlington Beach Catamaran Club (BBCC) is an enthusiastic Not-For-Profit sailing club that has been representing Burlington in sailing regattas across North America for over 40 years. The Club is located on the sandy shores of Burlington Beach and provides a colourful backdrop to the residents of Burlington when visiting the Lake. Club Members launch their boats off the beach for pleasure sailing throughout the sailing season and for Club Racing on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. We are proud members of Ontario Sailing and represent one of the largest catamaran fleets in the Province of Ontario.

 

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Round Up of Ontario Casino Apps

By Frederikke Reis

September 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Casimoose.ca has put together a list of the best casino apps available in Ontario so you can enjoy your favorite games on the go.

The overall user experience.is what matters most – if you’re not having fun – why bother

Are the online casino apps free to download?

There is a wide range of Ontario casino apps at casinoose.ca, and many of them are free to download. They offer a variety of games, with an extra feeling of Vegas live casinos, plus many bonuses and promo codes. However, it is important to check the terms and conditions of each app before you start using it, as some may require you to make a deposit before you can start playing.

How do the online casino apps work?

The online casino apps work by allowing you to play casino games on your mobile device. You can either download the app from the App Store and Google Play or play directly from the casino’s website. However, some of Ontario’s online casinos have not yet developed their apps. It’s worth remembering that apps consume a lot of space on your phone’s memory and can be loaded with commercials, so maybe playing games at online casinos on mobile browsers can be a good idea.

How do online casino apps compare to one another?

You can gamble on line with friends who are gambling on the same site at the same time. Try it with half a dozen people – great fun!

There are a few key factors to consider when comparing online casino apps. The first is the overall user experience. This includes things like how easy it is to navigate the app, how user-friendly the interface is, and whether or not there are any glitches or bugs. The second factor to consider is the selection of games offered. Some apps may have a more limited selection than others, so it’s important to find one that provides the types of games you’re interested in playing. Finally, you’ll want to consider the bonuses and promotions offered by each app. Some may offer better deals than others, so it’s worth taking a look at what each one has to offer before making your final decision.

What are the best casino apps in Ontario?

There are a few different casino apps that are popular in Ontario. The most popular ones include 888 Casino, Royal Panda, Leo Vegas, and Pokerstars. All of these apps offer a variety of games, including slots, table games, blackjack and more.

What are the features of the online casino apps?

There are a few key features to look for when choosing an online casino app.

First, you want to make sure that the app is compatible with your device. Most casino apps will work with iOS and Android devices, but a few are only compatible with one or the other.

Next, you want to ensure that the app offers a wide variety of games. While most casino apps will offer slots and table games, some will also offer sports betting, bingo, and more. The more game options an app has, the more likely you will find something you enjoy playing.

Secure encryption is vital. It is there to protect you.

Finally, you want to make sure that the app is safe and secure. When dealing with real money, you want to ensure that your information is safe. Look for an app that uses SSL encryption to protect your data.

What are the pros and cons of each online casino app?

There are a few things to consider when choosing an online casino app. The first is whether you want to play for real money or just for fun. If you’re playing for real money, you’ll need to make sure the app is licensed and regulated by a reputable gaming commission. You’ll also want to ensure the app offers a good selection of games and a user-friendly interface.

If you’re just playing for fun, there are still a few things to consider. You’ll want to ensure the app has a good selection of games and is easy to use. You may also want to look for an app that offers bonuses or other perks, such as VIP programs or loyalty rewards.

Casino apps are a great way to enjoy your favourite casino games on the go. Here is a round-up of some of the best casino apps available in Ontario.

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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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Everything you need to know about the Formula 1 summer break 

By Justina Gartlab

August 29th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Formula 1 summer break is a short period in between the season where there are no official F1 races. The break is so fundamental that there is a strict closure of factories and other F1-related industries with only basic functions allowed to proceed.

The thrill of being at the track or watching the races on TV is something you never forget – but drivers and the rest of the team do need a break.

The break is upheld by article 21.8 of the FIA sporting regulations which states “all competitors must observe a closing period of fourteen consecutive days during July and/or August.”

In the 2022-2023 season, the summer break extends between late July, after the Hungarian GP, and Late August, just in time for the Belgian GP. You can find more information about sports interaction bonus and promotions to improve your F1 races betting experience ahead of the season resumption.

What is the importance of the F1 summer break?  To provide drivers an opportunity for social interactions

If you love the F1 races, you will certainly be glued to your screen in a bid to catch the matches which happen almost every other weekend as there are over twenty races in every season.

However, you have to admit that the drivers are as human as you, and need a social life far from the spectators. The break gives them ample time to relax and reconnect with their families and friends without the hassle of training.

For instance, Lewis Hamilton says he is fully transformed and more in touch with his  ‘roots’ following his African visit during the lapsed break.

This team is a vital and critical part of winning a race.

The personnel teams such as those working in production, car design, and development also get to share in it. This prevents any parties from gaining a competitive advantage over the other, as neither can hold meetings or engage in planning activities unless with the authorization of FIA.

As the F1 teams resume working immediately after the Christmas break, this is their first and actual resting period without interruptions.

To minimize costs

With the production, planning, and designing functions on hold, the F1 teams and stakeholders can cut the majority of their costs then. Research projects are also paused which lowers the costs.

Races after the 2022 summer break

If you are looking for new ways to spice up your autumn season, these upcoming Grand Prix events are exciting races will surely keep you company.

Belgian GP               26 -28 August

Dutch GP                  2-4 September

Italian GP                  9-11 September

Singapore GP           30 – 2 October. 

Japanese GP            7-9 October

United States GP       21-23 October

Mexican City GP        28-30 October

 

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What are the Best On Line Betting Locations in Canada

By Novo 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.

Gambling is entertainment – done responsibly with friends and never having to leave the house is what has made online gambling so popular.

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.

The winnings are real but it is a game of chance.

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.

This just how comfortable and relaxing playing on line can be.

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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Casino Zeus Ranks Canadian Online Locations

By Roman Melton

August 29, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Having gone live earlier this year, Casino Zeus is still a recent addition to the online gambling house review scene.

Nonetheless, it has swiftly proven itself a source of trustworthy and reliable information regarding gaming regulations in Canada.

The website also features a Canadian online casinos list, with some of the most trustworthy and entertaining online gambling houses, according to resident gambling expert Olexiy Ivanov. By weighing up several key factors in what results in the most enjoyable online gambling experience, Ivanov has ranked numerous leading online casinos in Canada for the convenience of gamers throughout the country.

We’ll begin with a brief explanation of the legality of online casinos in Canada. After that, we’ll guide you on a whistle-stop tour of five of the best Canadian casino sites, according to Casino Zeus.

Legalization and Regulation of Online Casinos in Canada
Canadian regulations surrounding online casinos initially seem complex but are actually fairly simple. Basically, even though it’s illegal to operate online casinos out of Canada, it is one hundred percent safe and legal to play at offshore gaming sites instead.

Not only is it entirely legal to play at offshore net casinos, but it’s also highly popular.

Almost twenty million people play at a casino online. Net casinos operating offshore earned a gross turnover of over C$610 million in 2021.

It can be fun, and you can play with friends.

So, if you live in Canada and are interested in doing a little online gambling, there’s no need to worry; you’re not breaking any laws when using offshore casinos! The pastime is entirely legitimate. Nevertheless, you should ensure that you’re absolutely scrupulous when your security is concerned. That’s where Casino Zeus’ list of trusted online casinos in Canada might help.

Grading the Best Online Casinos in Canada 2022
Here is a list of the best online gambling sites in Canada. This list has been taken from Casino Zeus’ ranking of the top ten Canadian casino clubs on the internet.

When searching for a net casino to play at, you should ensure you remain aware both of how fun and rewarding the site is and of your security. While compiling their Canada online casinos list, Casino Zeus was careful to take all these things into account.
Casino
Bonus
# of games
Licencing

Kosmonaut Online Casino
200% up to C$2,000
More than 500
Curacao eGaming

Kaiser Slots
200% deposit bonus up to C$110
More than 700
UK Gambling Commission

Spin Casino
200% deposit bonus up to C$110
More than 700
Malta Gaming Authority and UK Gambling Commission

Royal Vegas
C$1,200
More than 1,500
Malta Gaming Authority

GamingClub Casino
C$1,200
More than 1,500
Malta Gaming Authority

When researching what casino you should try, it’s important that you do your own rigorous research. Read up on what those with expertise in online gambling have to say on the subject; taking advice from trustworthy professionals in the area will very rarely lead you astray! That’s why we recommend having a look at Casino Zeus’ website for more information.

The Main Criteria for Ranking Online Casinos in Canada
Having now presented you with a short list of five of the most trusted casinos online Canada has to offer, we’ll talk a little bit about the criteria behind this ranking. After all, if you’re to do your own research into online casinos, you’d best know what it is you’re looking for.

Here is a list of criteria used when reviewing online casinos:

Does the site have good user ratings? If so, then it is likely very trustworthy, secure, and fun.

Is the casino properly licensed by recognized regulatory bodies? A quick way to check this for yourself is to scan the site footer for a recognizable gaming authority logo.

Does the casino use reliable data protection methods to guarantee you and your money are safe?

Is help readily available through their website—i.e. for technical difficulties, inquiries ?

All of these issues, and more, are taken into account when ranking online casinos.

When compiling their list, Casino Zeus used these very criteria to rate each and every site.

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Canadian Iain Valliere to Compete at 2022 Mr Olympia

By Mildred Austria

August 23rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Mr Olympia is the big event for body builders and body building fans across Canada. Iain Valliere will represent them.

Mr Olympia is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of bodybuilding, and Canadian Iain Valliere secured his third appearance by winning the 2022 Vancouver Pro in July. In his previous two Mr Olympia competitions, Valliere had a back-to-back seventh place. Although it is not a bad result, cracking the top five would be a lifetime achievement for every pro bodybuilder.

Five career wins

Iain Valliere started with bodybuilding in the 2000s and immediately succeeded at amateur tournaments with several junior 1st places. Along with the rigorous workout plan, Valliere started his influencer career with an Instagram account. He has more than 366k followers on social media, where he posts inspirational workouts and competition photos.

A classic body building pose

Valliere, who turned pro in 2015, got his first major win at New York Pro in 2018. He qualified for the 2020 Mr Olympia with that win. The Canadian bodybuilder finished seventh in 2020. For Vallerie, 2021 was arguably the best pro year. He started with a blast, winning the 2021 Tampa Pro ahead of notable runners-up Phil Clahar and Charles Griffen.

He continued with the excellent results with another tournament win at the 2021 Texas Pro only a week later. Next, Valliere participated in the 2021 Arnold Classic, where he was second behind Nick Walker and ahead of Steve Kuclo.

Claiming his 2021 Olympia spot early, Valliere hoped for a better result at the pinnacle tournament, but he again was seventh. Mamdouh Elssbiay won the 2021 Olympia. He and the other six athletes that got more points than Valliere, Brandon Curry, Hadi Choopan, Hunter Labrada, Nick Walker and William Bonac, also qualified for the December event of the 2022 Mr Olymipa in Las Vegas.

Ian Valliere, taking a bit of a break during an exercise session

Qualifying for Mr Olympia

Ian Valliere secured his Mr Olympia roster spot with his fifth career tournament win at the 2022 Vancouver Pro. Although the competition wasn’t as fierce as expected, with only seven participants in the Men’s Open, he still had to overcome Antoine Vaillant and his impressive physique.

The differentiating factor in Vancouver were back poses where Valliere’s muscle thickness and conditioning shone the most. However, the Canadian bodybuilding star is still working on improving his posture, muscles and physique for the most important tournament of the year.

Building muscles and conditioning

The weight room in a gym is a bodybuilder’s focal point. Along with strength training, athletes also have muscle-building routines. Training cycles are now sophisticated to avoid plateauing and continue gaining volume and conditioning. Athletes use high-quality supplements like proteins, drinks and steroids Canada suppliers so their body is fueled and maintained in the right way to maximise their performance. Working out with precise training cycles and adding high-class supplements are essential for tournament preparations.

What to expect from 2022 Mr Olympia

Ian Valliere

Las Vegas will host world-class bodybuilders in another Mr Olympia tournament. The top contenders from previous years qualified for this year’s competition. Most of them are now in the preparation cycle to display top physique and conditioning at the right moment. Timing is crucial, and Ian Valliere, who has one tournament win this year, will try to be better than the seventh place from the previous two Mr Olympia.

But just participating in a prestigious sporting event such as Mr Olympia is a success for pro bodybuilders.

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Catamarans to race off the Beachway Saturday and Sunday

By Staff

August 19th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This is how the races are won.

This is how the races are won.Catamarans slip through the water so quickly with the boat often resting on just one of the pontoons – they are a delight to watch.

On Saturday and Sunday they will be holding a regatta to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

The races will take place off the shores of the beautiful Burlington Beach park, just east of the Lift Bridge in Burlington.

SAT. AUG. 20 & SUN. AUG. 21, 2022, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Lined up along the beach ready to slip into the water

They are expecting 50 catamaran sailboats and about 100 sailors (2 sailors per boat) to race over these two days, mainly drawing from our own club members and other racers from clubs primarily in southern Ontario and as far away as Sarasota, Florida, USA.

There will be a lot of exciting activity on and off the beach this Saturday and Sunday.

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Online Casino Bonuses: How to Get the Most Out of Them

By Stanley Nordstrom

August 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

When you are online – it is you and your computer – try getting together with friends and all be on line at the same casino

 

If you love playing casino games, then you’ve probably come across a few online casino bonuses in your time. But what are they exactly, and how can you make the most out of them?

In short, online casino bonuses are special offers that casinos give to their players in order to encourage them to keep playing. They can come in many different forms, such as free spins, match deposit bonuses, etc. Bonuses for Canadians are bonuses specifically made for Canadian players.

The best way to make the most out of an online casino bonus is to choose one that suits your gaming style.

What types of bonuses are offered by online casinos?

The most common type of bonus is the welcome bonus, which is given to new players when they sign up for an account. This bonus usually matches the player’s first deposit, up to a certain amount.

The bonuses are real and they add some fun to the sport.

Next, there are reload bonuses which are given to players who make additional deposits after their initial one.

There are also often special promotions that offer bonuses for playing certain games or meeting other requirements.

How to Find the Best Online Casino Bonuses

There are a few things to look for when trying to find the best online casino bonuses.

First, you want to make sure that the casino has a good reputation.

Second, you want to look for casinos that offer generous bonuses. A lot of casinos will offer sign-up bonuses or reload bonuses, but the best ones will offer both.

Finally, make sure that the wagering requirements on the bonus are reasonable. The best bonuses will have low wagering requirements.

Are there any disadvantages to taking an online casino bonus?

While online casino bonuses can be very beneficial, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Make sure you understand the Terms and Conditions that apply at online casinos.

First and foremost, make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the bonus before claiming it. Some bonuses may have wagering requirements, while others have time limits.

Remember that not all games contribute equally to meeting wagering requirements. If you’re primarily a slots player, it may be better to look for a bonus that has lower wagering requirements or is geared specifically towards slots players.

Finally, keep in mind that online casino bonuses are usually subject to cashout limits, so make sure you check it before claiming a bonus.

When it comes to online casino bonuses, the best way to make use of them is by playing smart.

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Mountainside Pool is going to get 'artsy' - artists invited to submit ideas.

By Staff

August 16th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Mountainside Pool is going to get a mural

The City is seeking Expressions of Interest from professional artists or artist teams to create a mural. The mural is for a large exterior wall as part of the Mountainside Pool Revitalization Project.

This is a two-stage competition.

In Stage One, artists will submit their qualifications and an Expression of Interest Statement.

In Stage Two, three artists will be short-listed to create a full design proposal. Shortlisted artists will be given an honorarium of $1,500 to create their design proposals.

Architect’s rendering of the pool that is now complete – mural to be installed.

A citizen advisory committee of local artists, residents and stakeholders explored project goals and themes. Artists are invited to respond to one or more aspects of the project goals determined by the Mountainside Pool Mural Steering Committee.

Who can apply?
This competition is open to professional artists or artist teams. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to oversee the design, fabrication and installation of a large-scale mural in a public space. The selected artist/artist team must be available for meetings with project staff and the Steering Committee. We encourage submissions from artists from equity seeking groups, including 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, Black, and racialized artists, as well as deaf artists and artists with disabilities.

The Mountainside Pool Mural Project Goals:
• Create a contemporary, professional mural that is welcoming to families and pool users
• Reflect a spirit of inclusion, community building and belonging
• Demonstrate an understanding of or connection to the Mountainside community
• Celebrate the unique natural environment surrounding the facility; Mountainside is a neighbourhood in a natural setting (i.e. wood lot, connections to Niagara escarpment, etc.)
• Artists are encouraged to consider ways to incorporate community engagement into their project design (not mandatory)

The recreation Centre was given a total makeover – use of wood through made the entrance very welcoming. Very little cinder block anywhere.

Mountainside Pool Revitalization Project
Mountainside Pool revitalization project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2023. Once the revitalization is complete, the facility will be a fun and welcoming multi-use outdoor swimming pool that invites the community to participate and experience swimming and water play while encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle.

Deadline Activity

Sept. 16 Expressions of Interest responses due

By Oct. 31 Three artists selected for shortlist (develop detailed design proposals)

Dec. 16 Detailed design proposals due

Jan 2023 Public consultation; interviews with shortlisted artists

Feb 2023 Winning proposal is selected; artist enters into a contract with the City of Burlington

May/June 2023 Mural is installed; public unveiling

Related news story:

Makeover of the Mountainside Recreation Centre

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DO FAMILIES FROM THE GREATER TORONTO HAMILTON AREA GAMBLE ONLINE?

By Frank P. Mickens 

August 14th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

As online gambling continues to break boundaries, it was only a matter of time before governments around the world bent to the wishes of their citizens. The penetration of online gambling has spread to Canada’s largest city, and residents of Greater Toronto are chasing in on the fun.

While the gambling regime in Canada was previously rippled with obscurity, the coast is much clearer now as provinces now have the leeway to enact regulations and issue licenses pertaining to the gambling industry within their territory. In exercise of this right, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation regulate the gambling scene in Ontario, which includes the Greater Toronto Area.

The gambling industry has recorded major success in Ontario, with several land-based casinos, race tracks, and slots providers available in the province. This love for gambling is also translated onto the digital scene as online gambling has become popular in many areas of the territory.

Today’s post is by Frank P. Mickens of https://ontariocasino.online/   a virtual casino review service in the province.

Gambling at an online location has a lot of advantages plus a fun experience.

How many people gamble online from the Hamilton area?
Recent surveys have shown that a large percentage of adult Canadians living in Ontario have at one time, or the other tried their hand at online gambling. The province’s population stands at a staggering 14 million people, representing a huge market for the online gambling industry.

This population strength and accessibility of gambling platforms have made it easier for most of the population to explore their gaming interests. Hamilton bears some interesting similarities to its mother province, Ontario. The city is home to a port which makes industries and commerce commonplace. The city’s population is just under 600,000, but that hasn’t stopped its inhabitants from gambling online.

Hamilton area families are gambling savvy and manage to find time out of their busy schedules for gaming and entertainment. Hamilton area families are also huge lovers of Bingo, which happens to be one of the most popular online gambling games of chance in Ontario.

Gambling Safely Online in Hamilton and Greater Toronto areas
As entertaining as online gambling may be, the foundation to having endless fun is the security of your data and funds. Since wagering is done online, customers are required to make deposits via bank transfers or card payments. So it is essential that you gamble on trustworthy websites only. Some of the ways to verify a website’s trustworthiness are by:

1. Licensing status:
Under Canadian law, operating casinos and iGaming businesses (whether virtual or land-based) is illegal without obtaining a federal or provincial license. If the gambling house has no license, it is safer to stay away to avoid falling victim to fraudsters. An operator’s licensing status also shows whether they have met the minimum financial requirement set by the government and are bound by Canadian laws or not.

2. Reviews
The reputation of a gambling house is also a key factor to consider. This is because offshore gaming platforms may still offer Canadians their services without obtaining a license. In such situations, it is advisable to read about the company’s services, terms, and the experiences of other users before plowing in. Fortunately, sites like ontariocasino.online help research these sites, so you don’t have to.

Protect your personal financial data by using Prepaid cards

3. Use Prepaid Cards
Even if you’re not conversant with the risks of virtual gambling today, entering your financial information online requires some caution. For this reason, it is advisable to use prepaid cards which are not connected to your bank account to make payments on these platforms. These cards have a preloaded fixed amount which you can top up via the issuer’s trusted channels. This helps to keep your funds and private information safe.

4. Encryption
Encryption software helps online casinos to protect their servers and customer data from getting hacked. As companies with large access to data, funds, and customer information, it is important that virtual gaming platforms are well protected. Encryption software ensures that your activities and exchanged data with online platforms stay private and invisible to third parties.

5. Accessibility and User Experience
A virtual gaming platform’s selling point is how easy it is to use and how well it adapts to the various devices of its customers. Thanks to the wide reach of online gaming today, you can access these platforms via smartphones, laptops, iPads, and many other internet-enabled devices. A good gaming website should have a friendly user interface that lets you enjoy the games seamlessly regardless of your device.

Make sure the location you are gambling at on line is fully registered and tightly regulated.

Residents of the Hamilton Area and Greater Toronto can look forward to more exciting games thanks to the current legal stand on gambling in the province. This comes at a time when lots of scrutiny and regulation are being channeled into the gambling industry to make it even safer and more enjoyable.

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Registration for fall recreation programs opens August 20

By Staff

August 10th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If we think Fall – will the Summer change?

Is city hall giving us the “bums” rush – talking about the fall recreation program while we are enjoying wonderful summer weather.

The City of Burlington’s fall recreation programs will open for online registration on Saturday, August 20.  Adult program registration begins at 9 a.m. and swimming and youth program registrations begin at 11 a.m.

All programs are currently available for viewing online at burlington.ca/recreation.

These two are pleased as punch with their effort.

Adult programs include sports, games, fitness, craft and art activities, social events, discussion and learning options and more for adults of all ages and skill levels. In-person and virtual courses are offered.

Aquatics offers a variety of programs including youth, adult and private swim lessons and leadership courses. There are also preschool, school age, youth, or leadership programs.

If you are interested in joining the Junior Redcoats or Burlington Teen Tour Band, email bttb@burlington.ca for more information.
Programs open for non-residents to register on Friday, Aug. 26, at 9 a.m.

Assisted Registration
Residents who need extra support or do not have online access to register for programs, can call 905-335-7738 for staff-assisted telephone registrations.

The customer service team is available through email at liveandplay@burlington.ca or 905-335-7738, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Recreation Fee Assistance
Recreation is for all, regardless of financial situation. Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to Burlington residents or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreation programs. For more information, or to apply, visit burlington.ca/feeassistance.

Two thins of concern:

The registration assistance – it is no longer a one on one situation – the help is at the end of a telephone line and getting through is said to be a challenge.

Add to the the price increases: No mention that the increases are steep.

 

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Last week Council went for a $39million spend to build a new Skyway Arena - Stolte chose fiscal prudence and voted no.

By Pepper Parr

August 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

This is a long article.  It focuses on one new arena but sets out how this council is going to spemd to provide the infrastructure it thinks the city needs.  See it as a cautionary tale.

Council met on Thursday to decide if they were going to go forward with the construction of a new Skyway arena in ward 5.

Referred to as the Skyway Arena – the structure in place now was taken out of commission WHEN because it no longer met the rules related to Freon.

The rink was small.

The city did a lot of planning on this project – it was to be carbon free, solar panels on the roof, two regular size ice pads, pickle ball courts, community rooms and a walking track.

The new Skyway arena will be to the north of the proposed 6 story Lakeside Plaza development. Not a word was said about the development plans during the decision to spend $37 million

Way back when Councillor Paul Sharman was first elected he tried, in vain at the time, to get in touch with the owner of the plaza that had seen better days. It took a couple of years but eventually there was a development proposal that included eight structures.

During that time the Burloaks Park was completed – it is one of the better parks in the city that is seldom crowed that way Spencer Smith Park is.

The community amenities will include pickle ball courts, meeting rooms and a Walking Track.

This is the background behind the decision to spend twice as much as was originally planned on the Skyway arena.

The decision was to a contract for the construction of the new arena to Norlon Builders London Limited for $37,021,769.55

Staff asked that Council

Approve the revised total budget of $39,433,100 with revised financing proposed.
Authorize the additional funding of $2,000,000 from Tax Supported Debt; $403,000 from the Corporate Accessibility Implementation Project and $4,710,100 from the infrastructure renewal reserve fund.

Significantly looking structure for an arena – walking track, community meeting rooms and pickle ball courts make it more of a community hub. Something badly needed in the community.

What makes the development awkward is that it is a 1.4 km and a quarter away from the Bateman high school site that the city is in the process of buying – the public will not know much about the cost until sometime in September when the deal is expected to close.

The figure of $500 million was mentioned by Councillor Stolte, who was sanctioned by the Integrity Commissioner for revealing information that was discussed in a closed session of Council. The figure Stolte made public was, as she explained it, an approximation.

The Bateman and the Skyway arena are all about creating more in the way of space for a growth in population that will add three new communities to the city around the GO stations.

The Bateman and the Skyway development are in the south east sector

Lisa Kearns Councillor for ward 2 asked a procurement question, wanting to know how far into the process was the tender?

Staff had already decided who should be getting the job – all they needed was approval from Council to go forward.

Jennifer Johnson on the left, listening to a resident when public feedback was being gathered about the residential plans.

Jennifer Johnson, the staff member who oversaw the redevelopment of the WHICH ONE explained that three compliant bids and were ready to give the contract to Nolan for $37 million plus.

Given that Councillors are in the middle of an election Kearns wanted to be seen as being on top of everything said: “I’m looking to understand or hear what within the bid tender document and or agreed upon by those compliant bids would potentially help the city in a situation where the vendors work fell short or compliance with specs was not met. Those types of things. I want to understand what our insurance plans are, so to speak, so that we can be very much guaranteed that we have the best quality for our you know, the best quality when this work gets undertaken?

Johnson explained that “through our pre-qualification, we went through two rounds for general contractors where we asked them to qualify, electrical, mechanical and landscape because those were a very big component of the project. So they actually had to name the consultants they were using and had to close the bid with them. So through the pre-qualification process, we knew who those trades were, they were local trades, good trades. And basically, we pre-qualified five general contractors prior to even releasing the tender documents.

Solar panels on the roof will cover a lot of the electricity costs?

“Our specifications were very tight, because we tried our best to include designs that were all locally sourced. We also went through a review process with the consultants to ensure that all the equipment that we included in the design and specifications were still able to be sourced without you know, extended lead times. Contractors, are obligated to fulfill their contract under that lump sum.

The Skyway arena is in ward 5, Sharman territory. He said: Just slightly more than half of this cost is more than the city expected, but this is not a unique situation- that’s happening to everything. The question raised from time to time is should we wait for things to get better? The Staff report concludes that it’s going to be at least five years before the current pressure on costs decreases.This is not going to get better. If we don’t do it now.

It’ll just get worse and where does that leave us? It raises all sorts of concerns about improving the infrastructure in the city and increasing the infrastructure in the city. And we’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it. But for now, I believe that we’re doing something that is badly needed by the city. We need the ice pads and the community rooms and the walking track.

Bateman won’t solve the ice pad problem, it won’t provide the walking track for the seniors who live in the immediate arena. And the pressure to build the pickle ball courts. So we’re going to be there. This is a wonderful addition to our recreation facilities in Burlington. Much needed, much appreciated. And we can just hope that cost isn’t going to be with us as a problem for ever.

Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte took a much different position. “I’ve certainly brought up concerns before about the commitment to projects located 1.4 kilometers away from each other. We’ve made a huge commitment to debate and project and I just feel very uncomfortable with as Councillor Sherman has brought up the increasing cost of this which I know is realistic. I know that costs are going up across the country. We’re all aware of that. But the reality is too is that by utilizing the limited funds that we have available to us and the limited room that we have in our debt capacity limit, we’re committing most of our eggs into two baskets that are in the southeast corner of Burlington and I’m just not convinced that that’s an appropriate decision for us to be making at this time.

That walking track and a community rooms would be nice. I think that we could scale this project back to ensure that we have the ice rinks and I think that we could make sure that we have transportation options available to seniors to get them up to the proposed community rooms that we hope to have at the maintenance project. And that would leave us some funding available to ensure that we are able to take care of other infrastructure projects and that we have other opportunities to use our debt capacity limit because there certainly are a lot of a lot of other projects around the city that need attention. I wasn’t in support of this before. I’m still not. I know that it would be a great project if money were no object, but money is an object and I won’t be able to support this today.

Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan said: “This is a higher price than we anticipated. No doubt about it. We’ve made the Skyway a priority for a long time. I believe we can still pursue upper level government funding and I’m sure we will but we can’t just bring everything to a standstill.

Ward 1 Councilor Kelvin Galbraith said: “I’m in support of this. I am part of the ice user group that knows there is a big need for another ice rink. It’s the ice users have been hurt for the last couple of years now that Skyway has been taken out of the inventory and replacing it with a full size rink is very important and will be very valuable to the ice user groups.

“I think the city needs more of these type of facilities and the longer we wait, the more expensive it will get. I think the time is now and I’m prepared to support this today.

Lisa Kearns put her financial concern, chase down the details spin on the building of a new arena.

Lisa Kearns joined what was now a majority of Council and said: “I think the whole conversation we’re having here is really reflective of the petulance that I’m starting to see around some of these really, really big ticket items. We know that we’ve already committed to prioritizing Skyway community centre and it feels a lot like this is one of those projects that we’re so far into that is difficult to turn around in, in response to escalating prices. Now, in my view, there are two things to look at here. One is of course the community value which we can’t put a price tag on it’s clear we do need more ice rinks. And in fact, we need the type of ice rinks that can host and hold tournaments and things of that nature so that we can really capitalize on those additional tourism dollars especially in light of having our municipal accommodation tax now ushered in so we do need to look at this really big picture.

“It’s one thing to award a tender. It’s another thing to award a tender with really strong terms that despite escalating costs still puts the city in the driver’s seat around ensuring the diligence used around those funds. Those are many types of causes like clawback clauses, there’s the dispute resolution, there’s payment terms certainty of terms limitations of liability. I want to be really really sure that when we are embarking on projects this high visibility and this high of a price tag we have covered all our bases.

The table below shows the change to the Total Project Cost over the last three years. The lowest compliant bid has resulted in an increased construction cost to $36.7 million, including soft costs, and project contingency, the new total project cost is estimated at $39.4 million (including the parks revitalization component). This is an increase of 22% from the Class A, most recently completed in March 2022 or $7.1 million.

It’s really important that we don’t have bumps along the way from today’s meeting where we’re proving this to when we can actually open the doors and welcome our residents across the city into a facility like this. I do want to also put on record and echo the comments of Councillor salty in that I am worried about our debt limit and our debt threshold. We still have a really big ticket in very similar proximity that hasn’t even had its capital costs disclose to the public yet. And that will no doubt require some support from our tax base and of course from our infrastructure renewal reserve fund so that fun will quickly be dwindling and it’s I’m hopeful that they’ll be a lot left for some of the other areas where we are really putting a focus on growth.

I am supporting this today with caution. And you know putting everyone involved in this in this project on notice that we want it to be an absolute and true success and we want it to be handled with the greatest level of diligence as possible.

The project was short 7 million – they dug into reserves and pushed $2 million onto the backs of the taxpayers – by taking out a 15 years debenture at 4.5%. Don’t you wish you could get that interest from your bank

Councillor Sharman added later in the meeting before the vote saying he recognized that his comments about money were made the way they were said because I think that it’s just a fact of life that cost is increasing. The arena had to be closed because the Freon system became illegal. Otherwise, we would have continued to have Skyway arena open, but it was grossly inadequate. It was built in the 60s. It was no longer up to standard in terms of installation and efficiency and effectiveness and it was undersized so it needed to go. So it’s going to be built. I think that’s one point with respect to money or No, I have a fairly reasonable understanding of money and my view of the world is very oriented towards future cash flow and where it’s coming from.

Paul Sharman: “I have no concerns about money.”

“I have no concerns about money, it will be resolved and especially in Parkland dedication, even if I do think it’s a bit rich it’s going to pay for a lot of stuff. We will still be building within the urban boundary. We will have the cash to pay for the facilities we need for another 70,000 people in the course of the next 30 years. And if anybody’s thinking differently than I ask you to talk to me, because planning and cash flow forecasting is an important way of thinking and I have no concerns about the money. And that’s about it for me. I’m delighted that we’re getting on with this.

Mayor Meed Ward decided it was her turn to take a kick at the can. “I am really looking forward to the ground-breaking in October. We know that we need more community facilities for our growing population period full stop – we are at capacity, we are bursting at the seams. This will be a facility that is used and loved by people from across Burlington the ice pads the community meeting space the parkour out front and also it will be really the future of how we build community facilities in Burlington. It will have solar panels on the roof. It will be a low carbon building, that is the future and we are not done yet. Our community amenities our parks or community centers have not kept up with the growth that we have seen in population in Burlington – this is one more opportunity to not only refresh what was there before, but expand it. The Walking Track is was really important.

It’s not so much about what we spend, it’s what we spend on and this there’s no question in my mind that this has been a priority. And so we just need to get on with it. We need to because the price isn’t gonna get any cheaper. And the cost escalation that we have seen is due to factors that are outside of the city’s control for sure and there’s no time like the present to get going.

This will put us at 11% debt ratio, our city imposed ratio is 12 and a half so we’re still well below that. The province imposes a debt ratio of 25%. Tax supported debt is only one of many sources of funding. We have reserved funds – revenue from users that will come back to us. I know the pickle ball courts will be very well used and played.

We have just increased and really level set the development charges that we will be charging for new growth and our Parkland dedication fees we were way behind, leaving money substantial amounts of money on the table.

I’m enthusiastic about finally getting on with this centre and we will mean we need more we’re not done we are not done yet with parks and community centres. Because we still have a lot more growth coming and we still have some catching up to do. And we have the money. We have the money to do it.

We do need a recorded vote on this. So I will turn it over to our clerk to take the recorded vote.

Councillor Bentivegna had some interesting questions and concerns about what was going to happen to the taxpayer.  His views will be covered in a seperate article later in the week.

Councillor stuck to her guns; the only Council member to talk about fiscal prudence.

City Manager Tim Commisso sat in on the meeting – didn’t say a word

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New Brands Coming To Ontario’s iGaming Market

By Catarina Mendez

July 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A significant change occurred on April 4th, 2022, in Ontario’s online gambling market. This sector, which until that date lacked regulation and thus became a hot spot for offshore betting sites, became a legal jurisdiction, and with it came some changes.

Getting legally registered in Ontario is a very very strict process

Since the legalization of online gambling in the province, several brands from North America and Europe keep joining the list of licensed operators.

Although these betting operators must meet strict regulations and take several steps before launching their websites in Canada, it doesn’t seem that the new additions will slow down soon.

What Brands Are Legally Operating Already?
At the time of this article, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and iGaming Ontario (iGO) have already received registration from thirty-three gambling websites. These two entities are responsible for regulating and overseeing the operations of all Ontario sportsbooks and online casinos.

Before the regulated gambling market opened, several brands had already submitted their application for registration, which led to thirteen gambling websites going live on April 4th, 2022. The first brands to launch their operations in the province were:
● BetMGM
● Caesars
● BetRivers
● Royal Panda
● LeoVegas
● Coolbet
● bet365
● 888

Over the past three months, several other companies met the strict regulations and security standards that AGCO and iGO set for them, thus joining the original thirteen:
● Bally Bet
● DraftKings
● ComeOn!
● FanDuel
● KnightSlots
● NorthStar Bets

North Star and Rivalry are two brands available to gamblers in Ontario

● Bwin
● PartyCasino
● Pokerstars
● Unibet
● PlayOjo
● PointsBet
● Rivalry
● SlotsMagic
● Spingenie
● TheScore

Many of the currently legal brands in Ontario provide multiple gambling products, including casinos, sports betting, and poker. The companies that own and operate brands with separate product websites must apply for registration for each platform.

Nevertheless, this hurdle doesn’t seem to hinder gambling companies’ drive to join the regulated market, as there is already a long list of brands waiting to receive their registration.

New Brands Coming To Ontario… Soon!
As mentioned before, joining Ontario’s regulated online gambling market isn’t easy, and the process often takes time. Due to this, the companies behind gambling sites usually apply for registration several months before their preferred launch date to ensure they can meet all the steps established by the regulatory authorities.

Companies must complete two seven-step processes to launch their websites in Ontario legally. Firstly, they require AGCO’s approval which depends on multiple security, reporting, and compliance registrations. Once they receive this approval, they’ll have to complete the additional steps from iGO, which include, among others, submitting information about Anti-Money Laundering systems and configuring secure data communications.

The timings to complete all of these strict processes take more than two months, and, depending on the gambling platform’s unique properties, it could take even longer. However, once the brands receive AGCO’s approval, it’s only a matter of time until they become available for Ontario bettors.

Betway, Casumo, BetVictor, Betway’s Spin Casino, and Jackpot City have all received approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. As such, you can expect to see some newly launched websites in the upcoming weeks.

Along with these brands, fourteen others await the license to complete the launching process.

Conclusion
Ontario has always been an exciting gambling market for offshore operators, who were able to launch their platforms without the need to meet strict regulatory standards. Before April 4th, 2022, several international operators took charge of the gambling industry in the province and did so at the potential expense of players’ safety.

Since the launch of the regulated market, gambling brands must ensure that all players’ winnings are paid and that their personal and financial information is safe. Likewise, sportsbooks now must comply with the gambling standards and offer fair and competitive odds.

Perhaps one of the most important aspects for players is that licensed gambling websites must provide responsible gaming tools, such as deposit and play time limits and the possibility for self-exclusion.

It’s possible to see that the regulated market brought an array of advantages for players and allows for healthy competition between brands. If the trend continues, we can expect Ontario’s gambling industry to expand continuously to become a global leader.

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Kid's Mini Fest - August 13th at three different city parks

By Staff

July 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There a number of commercial organizations in Burlington that go out of their way to give back to the city in which they do business.  Of course the events they sponsor keep their name in the public eye with a favourable view.

Nothing wrong with that and we congratulate those that see their role as working with the public to make Burlington a better place.

A fun example of this Giving Back is:

THE ROCCA SISTERS PRESENT – KIDS MINI FEST!

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At three locations:
Brant Hills Park (2255 Brant St.)
Cumberland Park (562 Cumberland Ave.)
Millcroft Park (4520 Millcroft Park Dr.)

 

Great picture!

 

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Burlington Golf & Country Club ranked 61st on a list of 100

By Staff

July 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington has its name on a new list.

A panel of 101 golfers travelled across the country and judged golf courses on nine criteria.

They ranked 100 golf courses and said that the Burlington Golf and Country Club was # 61 on their list

The course opened in 1924.

Ranked 61st out of 100.

The judges noted that the removal of many trees has made a big difference to the original Thompson design

So much for the urban canopy.

The SCOREGolf Top 100 courses in Canada.

What began as a grading of the country’s top 15 tracks in 1988 grew to a list of 25 in 1990, to 50 in 1994 and 100 by 2000.

Initially the ranking was completed by a small group of mostly golf professionals. Today the ranking is done primarily by public players or private club members.

The list is released every two years.

The Hamilton Golf and Country Club ranked #4

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ALDERSHOT HIGH SCHOOL POOL CLOSED on the 29th - 9 - 4

By Staff

July 27th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It couldn’t happen at a more inopportune time.

The pool at the Aldershot High school will be closed on July 29

Pool to be closed from 9:00 am to 4:00 on the 29th – Friday

Halton District School Board will be completing maintenance in Aldershot Highschool which will impact Aldershot Pool.

As a result, Aldershot Pool will be closed on July 29 for drop in programming from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will re-open for programs at 4 p.m.

That is a very short period of time for any kind of work to be done.

Kudos for the short break in the swimming schedule.

Let’s hope they can stick to the schedule.

Please check online before heading to the pool for a drop in program. The other indoor pools, as well as our outdoor pools, are open as usual. burlington.ca/dropinandplay

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Do Families From the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area Gamble Online ?

By Frank P. Mickens 

July 28th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

While the gambling regime in Canada was previously rippled with obscurity, the coast is much clearer now as provinces now have the leeway to enact regulations and issue licenses pertaining to the gambling industry within their territory. In exercise of this right, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation regulate the gambling scene in Ontario, which includes the Greater Toronto Area.

The gambling industry has recorded major success in Ontario, with several land-based casinos, race tracks, and slots providers available in the province. This love for gambling is also translated onto the digital scene as online gambling has become popular in many areas of the territory. Today’s post is by Frank P. Mickens of https://ontariocasino.online/, a virtual casino review service in the province.

How many people gamble online from the Hamilton area?

Recent surveys have shown that a large percentage of adult Canadians living in Ontario have at one time, or the other tried their hands at online gambling. The province’s population stands at a staggering 14 million people, representing a huge market for the online gambling industry.

This population strength and accessibility of gambling platforms have made it easier for most of the population to explore their gaming interests. Hamilton bears some interesting similarities to its mother province, Ontario. The city is home to a port which makes industries and commerce commonplace. The city’s population is just under 600,000, but that hasn’t stopped its inhabitants from gambling online.

Hamilton area families are gambling savvy and manage to find time out of their busy schedules for gaming and entertainment. Hamilton area families are also huge lovers of Bingo, which happens to be one of the most popular online gambling games of chance in Ontario.
Gambling Safely Online in Hamilton and Greater Toronto areas

As entertaining as online gambling may be, the foundation to having endless fun is the security of your data and funds. Since wagering is done online, customers are required to make deposits via bank transfers or card payments. So it is essential that you gamble on trustworthy websites only. Some of the ways to verify a website’s trustworthiness are by:

1. Licensing status:
Under Canadian law, operating casinos and iGaming businesses (whether virtual or land-based) is illegal without obtaining a federal or provincial license. If the gambling house has no license, it is safer to stay away to avoid falling victim to fraudsters. An operator’s licensing status also shows whether they have met the minimum financial requirement set by the government and are bound by Canadian laws or not.

2. Reviews
The reputation of a gambling house is also a key factor to consider. This is because offshore gaming platforms may still offer Canadians their services without obtaining a license. In such situations, it is advisable to read about the company’s services, terms, and the experiences of other users before plowing in. Fortunately, sites like ontariocasino.online help research these sites, so you don’t have to.

3. Use Prepaid Cards
Even if you’re not conversant with the risks of virtual gambling today, entering your financial information online requires some caution. For this reason, it is advisable to use prepaid cards which are not connected to your bank account to make payments on these platforms. These cards have a preloaded fixed amount which you can top up via the issuer’s trusted channels. This helps to keep your funds and private information safe.

4. Encryption
Encryption software helps online casinos to protect their servers and customer data from getting hacked. As companies with large access to data, funds, and customer information, it is important that virtual gaming platforms are well protected. Encryption software ensures that your activities and exchanged data with online platforms stay private and invisible to third parties.

5. Accessibility and User Experience
A virtual gaming platform’s selling point is how easy it is to use and how well it adapts to the various devices of its customers. Thanks to the wide reach of online gaming today, you can access these platforms via smartphones, laptops, iPads, and many other internet-enabled devices. A good gaming website should have a friendly user interface that lets you enjoy the games seamlessly regardless of your device.

Residents of the Hamilton Area and Greater Toronto can look forward to more exciting games thanks to the current legal stand on gambling in the province. This comes at a time when lots of scrutiny and regulation are being channeled into the gambling industry to make it even safer and more enjoyable.

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