Will Ontario’s Land Based Casinos Ever Get Ahead of the Online Competition?

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November 27, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

Will Ontario’s Land Based Casinos Ever Get Ahead of the Online Competition?

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There is something so very exciting when you are a space where people are having fun and excited about gambling – hard to have that experience online.

Canada continues to witness exciting growth in gambling revenue. As you’d expect, Ontario, the most populated province in Canada, was the most significant contributor, generating around $2.36 billion net profit annually. Furthermore, a large proportion of this was from online gambling.

What’s the Current State of Gambling in Canada?

Canada suffers a slightly confusing situation with regards to online gambling and the law. This is because online casinos are neither fully legal nor illegal. Instead, there are no clear laws that actually define online betting there. Separate policies exist for every single province. If this wasn’t bad enough, additional regulations are also in place for Native American tribes. As a result, inter-province agreements usually need to exist when an operator in one area wishes to provide services to someone in another.

Casinos throughout Canada are separated into either being part of their home country, or foreign/offshore. Province licensed casinos are entirely legal and offer sites written in both French and English. These sites also accept Canadian dollars, in addition to PayPal and other forms of payment. Foreign casinos which target Canadian residents aren’t really supposed to, as they’re not licensed in Canada itself. Nevertheless, many offshore casinos attempt to entice players by including the Canadian dollar as a currency option.

While playing at these sites isn’t problematic, banking options can be. Laws exist that restrict the movement of money from Canadian to foreign accounts. Nevertheless, this alone hasn’t affected access to foreign online casinos.

What are the Best Land Based Casinos in Ontario?

There is no shortage of land-based casinos in Ontario with 44 establishments existing there. On the Trip Advisor website, Caesars Windsor, the Niagara Falls View Casino, and Casino Niagara are the three casinos with the highest ratings. Here is a little more about each one.

Caesars Windsor. This casino promises a range of exciting gameplay thanks to a robust selection of slot and table games on offer. Players are promised an exhilarating experience each time they spin a reel, roll a dice or anticipate their next hand. The casino even offers a rewards system where players don’t have to use all their free slot play at once at one machine.

Niagara Falls View Casino. When a player steps onto the casino floor, they’re promised a feeling of excitement and energy as they navigate the 200,000 square feet area which is the size of three football fields! With over 3000 slot machines and 130 table games, players will never be short of new experiences here!

Casino Niagara. There’s plenty of fun and excitement to be experienced at Casino Niagara. The gaming floor is 95,000 square feet, and with two floors, there’s no end of choice, from slot machines to a range of different card tables, plus many others.

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One of the greatest tourist attractions in the world.

The Niagara Falls is a popular tourist hotspot with hotels and resorts boasting luxury casinos for their guests.

Despite Losing Out to Online, Land Based Casinos are Now Fighting Back

This year, land-based casinos in Ontario generated $200 million. While this may sound impressive, it is not. As last year, the figure stood at $2.3 billion. The main reason this has happened is due to the competition from online casinos. It’s generally accepted that online casinos are more convenient than land-based ones and that they offer a better choice of games. A lot of sites do spoil their players for choice with many offering a range of casino games such as an online baccarat game as well as roulette and slot games. Online casinos also tend to have better bonuses and promotions for their players too. Moreover, players don’t feel the pressure to dress up, like they may do when attending an actual casino, and they may not feel as pressured to spend large amounts of money.

However, the state of land-based casinos hasn’t helped either. Some facilities are worn out, and money laundering was known to be rife. Yet, tax contributions from these establishments remained impressive.

Now, private operators will take over from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) in the greater Ontario area. New casino projects have been planned, such as the Parq Vancouver resort, as well as a full revamp of the existing Niagara casino. Which will include upgrading its appearance and investing in new gaming options such as a sportsbook. The Kingsway Entertainment District is yet another scheme that, amongst other amenities, will also include a casino.

While all this does sound positive for land-based casinos, it still needs to be considered that international companies will be allowed to operate legally in Ontario, which will create even more competition when new brands eventually launch.

Could Ontario Online and Land-Based Casinos Ever be Considered Equal?

Ontario and Canada are witnessing impressive growth in online gambling, while revenues from land-based casinos have somewhat stagnated. It is expected that online casinos will continue to grow, mainly thanks to online casinos being legalised in different provinces. Equally, it will be interesting to see how land-based casinos will perform in the near future, considering their past impressive performance, and the recent changes that could allow them to compete better with online casinos.

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Five good reasons why you should exercise regularly

News 100 greenBy Nick Ostergaard

November 27th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Five good reasons why you should exercise regularly

Paid Denmark three women runningLosing weight, being healthier and more productive are some of the more obvious reasons why you should start exercising. But people often find it hard to stay motivated just by the thought of maybe losing weight and becoming more healthy in general. Often more people need even more persuasion – and this is where we enter the picture. Because in this article we present you our five top reasons why you should exercise on a regular basis. These reasons could also possibly help you maintain your motivation to exercise and work out. You see, there is much more to exercising than just physical health.

Reason no. 1: It will give you more energy and make you in a better mood
Exercising might not always feel absolutely amazing in the moment – on the contrary it often feels exhausting and overall not good. But if you think about the last time you exercised – how did you feel afterwards? Good, we presume. The feeling you get after finishing a run, a work out or a training session can sometimes feel similar to the feeling of winning the bit jackpot at an online casino or – some even say – it’s similar to the feeling of being in love. No matter what, it’s hard to compare the feeling of finishing a workout to something that feels just as good. And this feeling – some call it the “runner’s high” will give you more energy in your everyday life and will also boost your production of endorphins which will make you in a better mood. Not just after finishing your workout but in general – if you keep on exercising. Over time this will also reduce depression and axiety levens in your head and body.

Reason no. 2: Exercise reduces stress
Are you feeling stressed? Then go for a run, a walk or go to the gym! Exercising decreases the body’s own production of the stress hormone Cortisol in the bloodstream. This means that exercising will also reduce the possibility of you being stressed or even being diagnosed with stress. As mentioned before exercising will also release endorphins that will improve your mood and automatically reduce tension and stress signals in your head and your body.

Reason no. 3: Exercising will boost your immune system
Studies have shown that just 45 minutes of cardio training five days a week is enough to keep a cold away. This will also help decrease the risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, strokes, cancer and diabetes by up to fifty percent. This alone should be reason enough for everyone to start exercising on a regular basis. Exercising will also lower your blood pressure and levels of cholesterol in your body. A study made at the University of British Columbia actually shows that exercise can also have an impact on your ability to remember – regular exercise will expand the hippocampus which is the area of the brain that is “in charge” of learning and verbal memory.

Reason no. 4: You will sleep better at night
Working out will exhaust you and make you tired, which is pretty obvious. But it does not only have an affect on the day of your workout. Regular exercise will also have an impact on how you sleep in general. When you have been physically active, it will be easier for the body to relax and fall asleep. This being said, you should not work out right before your bedtime, because exercise causes your body to produce adrenaline which will make it harder for you to find peace and fall asleep.

Pssst. Better sleep is not the only bedside perk that exercise can give you. Exercise actually increases blood flow to the genitals which will heighten your sex drive. In pace with you having more energy and feeling and looking better because you started exercising – this is what we would call a win-win situation.

Reason no. 5: You will become happier and gain more confidence!
Exercise increases the level of happiness-enhancing substances in the brain which automatically will make you happier. Actually the rush of happiness after a workout can last up to 12 hours after you finish working out! Also, training and exercising will make you change the perception you have of your own body, and, combined with everything mentioned above, will make you more confident and positive towards your body. Losing weight, feeling happier and becoming more fit will make you feel better in your own body which will also help increase the physical feeling of being well and happy.

Remember, the more you exercise, the easier it gets. Exercising regularly and making it a habit will make it feel like fun – which will make the benefits you gain from it even more evident. So what are you waiting for?

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Sports clinic owner looking at a million dollar claim for space they don't occupy - colourful situation

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November 27th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The pandemic is hurting a lot of small business people.

Some of the claims being made by landlords border on the egregious.

The Elliott Sports Medicine Clinic is going through a very difficult period – they have managed to pivot and get back on their feet – the problem now is the lawsuit for very close to a million dollars.

$947,701.20 to be exact.

This from a landlord they have been with for 19 years.

Their rent each month was $12,800. The negotiations that stared at the end of March to renew the lease which was coming to an end in October had not gone well.

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Erin MacLean

In March, with everything locked down Erin Maclean and her partner reached out to their landlord to discuss the problem they faced.

Everyone in the services or hospitality sector was scrambling – things were very tough.

One of the most successful hospitality venues, Emma’s Back Porch, chose to declare corporate bankruptcy and walk away from what the owner saw as a dire financial future.

Elliott Sports Medicine found themselves in much the same situation. Suddenly they could no longer conduct their business – they laid off the ten staff and began to wonder what they could do – what were their options ?

They immediately met with their landlord and laid all their cards on the table.

The landlord at first appeared amenable. The lease was due for renewal in eight months. MacLean was taken aback by the rent increase that was being asked for – $17,000.

“We reached out to our landlord in the middle of March being open, honest and upfront about our position due to Covid. We had been with this same landlord for 19 years – we expected to be able to work with him”, said MacLean.

“By that time we had laid off all of our employees and were effectively closed as a business and had no idea what the future held.

“We were never late or delayed in paying our very high rent anytime over the past 20 years.

“Rent relief was not something our landlord was interested in – unless the lease we had was renewed.

“The landlord wanted a rent increase to $17,000 a month and personal guarantees.

“After many, many long negotiations we decided not to renew the lease but to look for a new location.

Elliott Clinic

They gave their notice – didn’t realize that the lease had been renewed.

“We gave notice on June 4, 2020.

“We learned then that our landlord had taken the position that because we had not given six months’ notice the landlord decided to take the position that our lease was automatically renewed until 2025.”

In the middle of May (during negotiations) MacLean received a letter from the landlord demanding all the rent due be brought up to date; they were forced to pay, using borrowed money, for the almost three months they were closed.

“On June 4th we gave our landlord written notice of our final decision to stay in the premises until our lease expired on October 4th 2020.

“We moved on October 2nd having fulfilled and paid our lease in full.

“After some time, we were served with a claim that was filed with the Superior Court of Ontario in Toronto for $947,701.20 plus 18% interest per annum. The landlord as Plaintiff could have chosen the Superior Court in either Milton or Hamilton (anywhere in the province actually) – the Toronto choice would appear to have been strategic.

The corporation suing the clinic is 1100 Walkers Line Inc., which appears to be owned by Kamisa Investment Inc.; both are owned by a “prominent” businessman.

The 1100 Walkers line property a six story office building just off Walkers Line, has an interesting history of its own.

The land on which the office tower, completed in 2015, had been purchased by the City of Burlington for $5.4 million.

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The owner of this property had plans to develop it beyond the single storey structure. His plans did not fit with the developing IKEA Plans. That red line is where Tuck Creek flows.

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This is where IKEA wanted to relocate their Aldershot operation. They were going to build a bigger store and add quite a few head office jobs as well. The city went along with Official Plan and zoning changes. The Conservation Authority would not go along with the parking plans close to Tuck Creek. The green line is Tuck Creek.

The sale was a complex transaction. The owner of the property back in 2014 wanted to tear down a two story building and put up a larger building. An application was submitted to the planning department.

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City needed the piece outlined in red if the IKEA development was going to work.

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Property owner got to keep the balance and put up a six storey building.

For reason which are not clear to this day the city moved to purchase the property because at the time IKEA was working through an application to move their operation from Aldershot to a property on the North Service Road west of Walkers Line.

Tuck Creek ran between the 1100 Wellington property and the land IKEA wanted to build on.

Also – at the time the Ministry of Transportation had concerns with the ramps that led off Walkers Line which was reaching a capacity point.

For Erin MacLean they are now in a new location running the business as well as we can with the Covid limitations.

The only difference is someone wants a million dollars from us – which we don’t have.

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Property has a colourful history – and an astounding price

 

 

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Neighbourhood rink program revised - applications close December 2nd

sportsgold 100x100By Pepper Parr

November 25th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There was ice on the pond this morning – not thick enough to hold anyone up – but winter is here and that means skating and shinny hockey.

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City is providing boards and tarps this year

The city has a program to support outdoor neighbourhood ice rinks available now; Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond to open in December.

The City of Burlington is launching the annual Neighbourhood Rink Program where neighbourhoods maintain outdoor community ice rinks at their local park this winter. Applications for the Neighbourhood Rink program due by Dec. 2, 2020.

Modifications have been made to the program to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The City of Burlington will work with your group to support your neighbourhood rink by:

* Providing, installing and leveling of 15 cm high rink boards (approximate size of the rink is 11x24m)
* Providing a tarp and hoses
* Providing a training manual including tips on ice maintenance

Applicants who apply will be responsible for:

* Organizing a working group of at least six community champions to help maintain the rink
* Providing water and filling and maintaining the rink
* Arranging to have shovels available so that snow can be cleared from the rink
* Ensuring that physical distancing is maintained at three metres unless the other skater(s) are from your household, and City of Burlington signage stays intact

Neighbourhood rinks are open to all community members to skate for free. Anyone using the rinks must ensure proper physical distancing, follow the limit on gatherings to ensure three-meter distancing from those not within your household, keep the number of skaters to 25 or less and avoid overcrowding the rink.

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Tim Hortons does a pivot; decides to sponsor free skating program - Covid rules limit ice pad to 10 people for one hour

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November 23rd, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The very popular Tim Horton’s Free Skate program lost the donut maker’s sponsorship and, due to Covid rules, rink time was limited to 10 people on an ice pad for an hour, was what residents were looking at.

Tim Horton free skateTim Horton’s advised the city today that they would now sponsor the 65 skate sessions. Expect the number of sessions to increase now that the sponsorship is back in place.

The Tim Horton’s people were concerned with the number of people who would be on the ice pad at the same time.  With that issue resolved they were back at the table.

This Covid world has everything changing often.

You will have to register for one of those time slots. They will be spread around the different rinks in the city

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Newly opened pool to be shut down for maintenance

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

November 16th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Didn’t the Coughlan pool just open?

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The upgrade to the facilities was exceptional.

Angela Coughlan Pool service will be disrupted for one week starting Monday, Dec. 7 through to Friday, Dec. 11, and on Dec. 14 to Dec. 15 from 5 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Follow-up maintenance from the recent pool upgrade is necessary to ensure that the pool is in proper working condition.

Maintenance is scheduled from 5 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. Evenings and weekends are not impacted.

Daytime programs before 4:30 p.m. will be cancelled:

• Lap Swim
• Leisure Swim
• Combo Swim
• Learn to Swim (extended to another week)

Angela Coughlan Pool

Photograph was taken before the upgrades.

Alternate swim times are available at Tansley Woods and Centennial Pool and additional morning lap swims at Tansley Woods will be offered.

For aquatic programming information and alternate pool options, go to www.burlington.ca/swimming.

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Winter time fire pits in public parks - get your marshmallows before they sell out

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November 12th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Fire pits in some of the public parks?

It was on the agenda and the city is taking a very serious look at them for the winter months

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A skin of mulled wine will make this a real winter event.

Corporate Service, Strategy and Accountability Standing Committee Chair Rory Nisan suggested people invest in marshmallow companies – there will be a run on them if and when the fire pits are actually put in place.

The Parks and Recreation took a bunch of ideas and ran them by council – budget be damned – the Councillors liked what they heard and wanted more information.

The free skating time that was sponsored by Tim Hortons isn’t on this year. They advised the city back in March that they would not be sponsors this year.

The city is looking seriously at 17 free skate event and six Sticks and Pucks event without a sponsor.

The home grown hockey rinks are on again – the city will supply the wood and this year they will provide tarps as well.

They are also looking at some artificial ice making machines..

Council is determined to do everything they can to give people places to go outdoors and plenty of things to do.

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Have you heard of Kid Poker?

sportsgold 100x100By David Burke

November 12, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Have You Heard of ‘Kid Poker’? What it Takes to Become a New Daniel Negreanu

Canadian poker sensation Daniel Negreanu is a phenomenon at the card table. Winning his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) golden bracelet at the tender age of 23 earned him the nickname ‘Kid Poker’ – and many more successes followed that early triumph. He is the third biggest money winner in tournament history, amassing an eye-watering $42,000,000 in winnings across the course of his career.

Early years
Daniel Negreanu was born in Toronto in 1974, the son of Romanian immigrants who moved to Canada to give their kids a better life. At a very young age he started to hustle in pool halls and play poker in his hometown, honing his skills. He found he was blessed with a way with numbers, and excellent probability skills, a crucial attribute for a budding poker star.

He left high school and immediately started playing cards full time, taking money from much older and more experienced players, building a tidy bankroll in the process.

He gravitated towards Las Vegas with his winnings, only to lose everything. After coming back to Toronto and rebuilding he tried his luck again and again, returning from the Vegas Strip empty-handed, until one day his luck changed.

Hours of Practice and Dedication
In 1998 he announced himself to the world stage by winning his first WSOP gold bracelet, the youngest ever to do it at 23 years old. Over the years five more bracelets would be won – including in a bumper 2004 where he made 11 final tables and won almost $4.5 million, becoming the WSOP player of the year. 2013 saw him named WSOP player of the year for the second time, the only player to achieve that feat.

Negreanu puts his success down to more than just luck. After his initial Vegas setbacks, he dedicated himself to the game, studying and playing for hours on end, working on his theory, tactics, gameplay and bluff technique.

Regarding the actual amount of practice and dedication you need to become a good poker player, he once mentioned in his blog – “Yes, you may become the best player in that game, but until you have proven you can be, let’s assume you are still in the learning phase and shouldn’t expect to jump out of the gate and be the best player at the table. Based on what I’ve heard, the best players in that game may make as much as $30 an hour.

Deduct 30% from that, if all goes well you can target $21 an hour. To make the math easier, let’s just make it $20 flat per hour. Since our goal is to make $100,000 a year, now we can have a rough idea of how many hours we actually need to spend at the table playing poker. That comes to 5000 hours a year playing. If we break down that further, that comes to 417 hours a month, which breaks down to over 100 hours a week!

This is before we even add all of the study hours required to be in line with our vision statement. For every 10 hours of play, you should add at least two hours of study time. Add on another 1000 hours a year of study, which boils down to 14 hours a week.”

Sounds like a lot, right? That was exactly what he did – made his time serve one goal – becoming the best out of best.

For anyone tempted by Negreanu’s success, this time commitment should be seriously thought through. However, if you have made the decision to follow in his footsteps, some professionals suggest practicing online. Websites like LegalBetting go into details on advantages of online poker versus the real-life version and give potential players a choice of online casinos renowned for their focus on poker. The beauty of hubs for online poker like this one, is that they let you practice different variations, for example on Legalbetting there is Texas Holde’m and Omaha, and even information on tournaments.

Following Negeanu’s advice, budding poker professionals should practice on as many poker variations as possible, and could even make use of the tactic and strategy needed or other games available online, such as Baccarat and Blackjack. Anything that serves brushing up your tactique. Negreanu even advises playing chess, as he once said: “Playing chess can make you a better poker player because it forces you to think several moves ahead. That kind of intense mental exercise develops a deeper level of thinking than is typically encountered when playing poker.”

It’s easy for players to practice chess online. There are plenty of spots out there, such as Chess.com, where, other than learning about the game of chess, fans can find Negreanu’s matches as well as watch others playing live.

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Parks and Recreation working up a program that complies with Stage 2 of the ECG mandate

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By Pepper Parr

November 3rd, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Parks and Recreation is scrambling to stay ahead of the wave – a wave that keeps changing its shape and direction.

Chris Glenn, on the right, leads the PArks and Recreation department as Director and is tasked with the challenge of bringing the various organizations that use city property under a MAster Agreement that is consistently applied to everyone. It should have been done four years ago.

Chris Glenn, on the right, leads the Parks and Recreation department as Director. On his right is Denise Beard.

Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Glenn told council on Monday that his staff was preparing some ideas that they would be running by the Regional Public Health Unit and the other Halton municipalities hoping to be able roll out a slightly different set of rules that would allow for more recreation and program improvements that are Stage 2 compliant. The Region of Halton is in Stage 2 of its Emergency Control Group mandate.

Several council members and the Mayor said they were getting questions from residents asking why some of the recreational programs were changed – they wanted to see real data behind the decisions that were being made.

Glenn explained that he was working to make sure he was compliant with what the Medical Officer of Health was prescribing.

Behind all that trying to pull together was the threat of being pushed back to stage 2.

Glenn wants to see less of the sports that call for a lot of exertions – hockey was one example and move the effort to having physically softer programs – like yoga.

The objective was to permit recreational activities that kept people apart and not exerting themselves all that much.

More when the Parks and Recreation department comes back to the Standing Committee.

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Elements of Mohawk - a casino a short drive away - now open 7 days a week 10 am to 2 am

eventsred 100x100By Nicole Gaskin

October 28th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

As the world reverts to a kind of “normal”, many cities’ industries that were shut down for many long months have finally made a comeback. Burlington has officially welcomed its entertainment industry back, with facilities and establishments in the area, and those surrounding it, opening their doors to the gaming masses once again. Burlington has many opportunities for gamers who crave to have the in-person experience that they have been missing for so long, at some of the most prestigious casinos and venues that are located nearby.

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Facility is now open: operating 7 days a week, between the hours of 10 am to 2 am. – buffet is superb.

The Elements Casino Mohawk is situated in Milton, Ontario, for those who don’t mind a short journey to experience the prestigious offer in store. As of the 19th of October, the facility has gone back to operating 7 days a week, between the hours of 10 am to 2 am.

The casino features more than 900 of the most popular slot titles such as Vegas riches and progressive jackpot machines.

For most gamers, the longing is not just for the gaming experience, but also the culinary wonders that they have been deprived of.

The Elements Casino Mohawk offers an all-you-can-eat buffet that boasts cuisine from all over the world, boutique restaurants, and shuttle service for those who reside within the Milton area.

The casino is still adhering to strict safety protocols but will be back to its usual operating hours for all to enjoy.

Grand River casino

Grand River casino is a short drive from Burlington.

Elements Casino Grand River
The Elements Casino Grand River is a bit further from Burlington than Elements Casino Mohawk and is situated in Elora, Ontario, but is well worth the trip. Especially for players who enjoy slots machines in its various forms. This location boasts hundreds of slot machines that range from vintage-styled to cutting-edge offerings. The numerous slot machines can be found on a beautifully designed, and spacious, gaming floor. There are table games and other gaming options on offer from 10 am to 2 am, with the casino operating seven days a week.

The casino venue offers a range of dining options that are designed to satisfy almost every kind of palate, with refreshment and food services set to resume normal operations as well.

Delta Bingo and Gaming
The Delta Bingo and Gaming hall in Oakville is part of an expanding franchise that currently runs an impressive total of 20 Bingo and Gaming halls in Canada and America. Delta is one of the most trusted and reputable bingo hall brands in Canada today, having celebrated its 53rd anniversary this year. Delta is known for its frequent jackpots and promotions, which has made them the bingo brand of choice in North America. The facility features ample seating, tables, and space to ensure that the operators can adhere to safety protocols as Bingo-lovers make their way back to one of their land-based halls.

Other Forms of Entertainment in Burlington
While land-based casino gaming is a luxury that many people believed they would not be privy to for a very long time, there are those who would still prefer to stay indoors. For these players, there are many sites that highlight the best gaming sites to try from the safety of one’s home.

Bad Axe

Axe throwing has become a popular and safe sport.

For those gamers who are interested in more of the traditional style gaming mediums such as arcade-style games, arcade locations in the Burlington area will join casinos and also be opening their doors this month. Other recreational entertainment and gaming operations such as Bubble Force Corp, Viking’s Landing, The PaintBall Nation, the Golfer’s Academy, and Bad Axe Throwing have begun to consider joining the likes of the gambling industry but this move is subject to governmental approvals, especially since these entertainment forms tend to be done in teams or within proximity to others.

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Recreation department want to take a deep look at what more can be done at Tayandaga

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October 18th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Tyandaga – the city owned golf course in the west end of the city – could be put to even better use. It is currently an 18 hole course from April to November, the green space is used as an 18-hole golf course. From November to March, it is enjoyed by residents for tobogganing, cross-country skiing, dog walking and more.

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Tayandaga – a recreational facility the city would like to get more out of; looking to the public for ideas.

The city thinks even more can be done with the space and is looking to the citizens for ideas and input; what recreational ideas residents have to further enhance what already exists at Tyandaga. We want to know what residents value about this expansive green space and explore ideas to make it even more vibrant. The City is looking for ideas related to the golf program and ideas related to the year-round park space.

Given that we are currently in a virtual world the city will hold a virtual meeting and invite you to submit questions.

These sessions will be recorded. The link to the sessions can be found at getinvolvedburlington.ca/tyandaga.

City-wide: Oct. 27, 7 to 8 p.m.

Tyandaga Residents: Nov. 4, 7 to 8 p.m.

There is also an online survey.

Residents, golfers and the Tyandaga community are encouraged to also complete the online survey found at getinvolvedburlington.ca/tyandaga. The short survey is open now until Nov. 6, 2020.

Chris Glenn

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services

Questions or comments can be sent to Rebecca Holmes, Recreation Planner, 905-335-7600, ext. 7351 or Rebecca.holmes@burlington.ca.

“The green space at Tyandaga is a great asset to the community and the city. We want to ensure we’re using the area for the best possible recreational purposes. I encourage everyone to attend one of the two online engagement sessions and to complete the online survey. The information collected will be used to develop a recreation plan” said Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services

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Use of city sports facilities is on pause until further notice

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

October 17th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

As of Oct. 17, 2020 the city is “ Pausing all Burlington City-run indoor fitness classes for Adult 19+ and 55+, including indoor pickleball and aquatic fitness. Sports groups limited to training”.

Gymnasiums in Haber Recreation Centre

These spaces will remain unused until Public Health determines they are safe places.

Following the recommendation of Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health and emerging evidence indicating cases from indoor physical activity setting and contact sports are on the rise, the City of Burlington is taking action to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
Any City of Burlington facility renter offering indoor fitness programs, including dance, Pilates and yoga, are also paused. To confirm if your program is still running, check with your organization.

Within City of Burlington facilities, activities are now limited to training only where proper physical distancing can be maintained. There will be no games or scrimmages until further notice.

The intent of this pause is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid going back into a modified Stage 2 status with further precautions.

The pause will be evaluated frequently and will be lifted once Halton Region Public Health deems it safe to resume these indoor activities in City facilities. The City of Burlington will continue to share updates with the public.

For information on recreation services, visit burlington.ca/fall. To reach customer service, call 905-335-7738.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward explains: “Taking this temporary pause now, will allow us to come together sooner. Despite our best efforts, we’re still seeing a steady increase of COVID-19 cases in our city. While this news will be disappointing to many residents, we must keep in mind these are truly extraordinary times and they require extraordinary efforts on all of our parts, as a community, to ensure we slow down the spread of this pandemic. We will beat this, as long as we stay patient, vigilant, and continue following the advice of our medical and health professionals.”

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Interesting Facts About the Canadian Online Gambling Industry

sportsred 100x100By Clair Ward

October 15th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The online gambling ecosystem in Canada is seen by many as the future of the broader sports betting and casino industry. This is in partly because regulators are softening their outlook on both land-based and online gambling alike, allowing more locals to get into this pastime without having to jump through hoops.

To reveal the true scope and significance of this sector, here is a look at some of the most surprising facts about it.

Overseas operators take the lion’s share of the market
The legislation surrounding online casinos in Canada is still somewhat complex, so while domestic players are able to legally enjoy access to any number of web-based gambling services, it is not currently possible for operators to set up shop on Canadian soil.

Because of this, the vast majority of cash generated by this industry goes to gambling sites that are based in other parts of the world where regulations are less restrictive.

In 2019 alone almost $400 million was generated by these offshore sites, and further growth is anticipated for 2020. An online casino in Canada can still be reputable and fully featured; it is simply difficult to support any local businesses when playing online.

The other issue with this is that the government does not generate any tax income from the industry, which would all change if it decided to embrace it outright and start issuing licenses for casino sites to operate domestically. Some provinces are taking the lead in pushing through changes that would free up the industry from state monopolies and restrictions, but it will still be a while before any shifts take effect.

PAID male gamblersYoung men are the most eager online gamblers
Research into the demographics which make up online gambling in Canada conducted by CasinoValley show that four out of five gamblers are male, with the under-35s being the most prolific players.

In particular it is those who are still in full time education, or only recently graduated, who are most likely to participate in this type of activity.

That is not to say that female players do not have their own trends and preferences; in fact more women make use of smartphone-powered gambling services than men, which is a globally unique statistic for this industry.

Slots lead the way in terms of raw popularity
There are all sorts of online casino services available, with everything from traditional table games like roulette to every conceivable variety of poker and beyond on offer. However, slots games are by far the biggest draw for web-based gambling sites, with almost three quarters of players pumping cash into virtualized versions of classic fruit machines.

PAID online bingoOnce again there are gender differences in game preference, with bingo proving to be more of a hit with women than men. Like slots, this is one of the more accessible types of gambling, with a gentle learning curve that means newcomers can pick it up quickly.

That is not to say more skill-based, intricate games like poker are not able to bring in the punters. Indeed 59 per cent of online gambling site users from Canada have played a few hands of mainstream examples like Texas Hold ‘Em.

Jackpots can be huge
Life-changing amounts of money have been won by Canadian online casino players, with the most recent big win of $20 million coming on the MegaMoolah progressive slot back in 2019. This follows on from a similarly sizable win achieved on the same slot in Canada less than 12 months earlier.

So there you have it; the online gambling industry in Canada is going strong, and is only in need of a little more direct support and acceptance from political leaders to become even more of an asset, contributing to economic independence.

Clair Ward is a consultant in outreach marketing with a focus on the online gambling industry.  She has watched this form of gambling since its inception and understands and comments frequently on the differences between the various markets.

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Old Timers Hockey Club has suspended all games until further notice

sportsred 100x100By Pepper Parr

October 7th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The increase in COVID infections in the community has led the Old Timers Hockey Club to suspend games until further notice.

In a statement released early this morning the Club said: “ there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in our community. As a result of this, we too have experienced a number of positive tests over the last couple of days with some of our members. These positive tests have affected other members and has the potential of continuing to spread.

Old timers hockey logo“With this in mind, we discussed this issue, its impact on our members, the community and the Club and went through a variety of options of what we should do. Out of an abundance of caution, we have therefore decided to suspend the season at this time.

“We did not make this decision lightly and did so with the interest of all of our members’ health and safety in mind. The board of directors will be meeting to discuss this decision further and provide you with details regarding refunds; we ask for your patience in the meantime.

If you are concerned in any way about your personal health, please contact your health practitioner. To access Halton Regional Health advice click here

We will continue to monitor the current situation, learn from this experience and consider the club’s further options.

As of immediately however,
• ALL games have been cancelled.
• As mentioned, we will address refund details at a later date.
• Hectors is closed until further notice.
• The ice that we had contracts for is NOT available to players to use tonight and will not be ours going forward.

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Skating programs returning to select rinks

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

October 7th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

Public Skating, Skate 19+ and the Sticks and Pucks Program will return to Appleby Ice Centre (1201 Appleby Line), Central Arena (519 Drury Ln.) and Mountainside Arena (2205 Mount Forest Dr.).

Programs are viewable online at burlington.ca/fall. Burlington residents can register 25-hours ahead of attending a program while non-residents can register two-hours ahead. Online registration, pre-screening and pre-payment are required. Online screening can be done at burlington.ca/screening.

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Programs start at Appleby Ice Centre on Oct. 10 with Public Skate and Skate 19+. Public Skate begins Sunday, Oct. 18 at Mountainside and Central Arenas.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, skating programs will meet health guidelines designed in consultation with Halton Region Public Health and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for programs.

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New Secure Bike Lockers to be installed at Burlington GO

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October 7th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Good news for cyclists.

As part of the construction work being done on the elevators at Burlington GO the transit authority is building a new secure bike room at the station to help make cycling to the station even safer.

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48 secure lockers are expected to be available for rent near the end of the year.

Concrete work scheduled for mid-October 2020 will prepare for the final secure bike room installation in spring 2021.

The new secure bike room will become part of the reserved bike-parking program (gotransit.com/reservedbicycleparking). The secure bike room will have 48 spaces and will be located on the south side of the station building, offering customers one more way to get on the GO.

Metrolinx is committed to getting the upgrades done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The Gazette will keep you up to date on construction work.

 

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Exercise equipment placed in Burloak Park - paid for by a citizens group

News 100 yellowBy Denis Gibbons

October 2nd, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The gorgeous waterfront setting of Burloak Park now is the home of Burlington’s first Seniors’ Exercise & Social Space.

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A band was on hand to celebrate the opening of the Seniors Exercise space in Burloak Park. The band is reported to have been paid for by the ward Councillor – Paul Sharman. Photos by DENIS GIBBONS

Equipped with several work stations compatible with safe workouts for seniors, the space was donated to the City by Burlington Seniors Centre Inc., a non-profit group.

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Mayor Meed Ward does the unveiling of the plaque that explains why this equipment was put in the Burloak par. Tucked behind the sign is Connie Price, the woman who would not give until the city came up with space for the equipment to be placed. Fred Hendriks, president of Burlington Seniors Centre Inc. stands watching

Connie Price, treasurer and seniors equipment chair, was the sparkplug behind raising $50,000 for the new park.

“I am so concerned that after COVID we are going to have a community of seniors who are more frail,” Price said at Thursday’s official opening. “Now they can get out and use this, even just to socialize which is so important to them.”

Fred Hendriks, president of Burlington Seniors’ Centre Inc., said the project took three-and-a-half years to complete. He said the committee looked all over Burlington for a location.

“We finally found this gem right here,” he said. “And we did it in the colors of the BSCI (blue and green).”

Halton Region Chair Gary Carr said the Halton Board of Health has made an effort to get people of all ages to be active and stay healthy.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said the park is a good example of what happens when people are persistent with their dreams and don’t give up.

“When we do right by our seniors, we benefit our whole community,” the mayor said.

Related article:

The story behind the gift of exercise equipment to the city.

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How to Make Money On Gambling: No Deposit Bonuses

News 100 blueBy George Wolfson

September 30th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The majority of gambling platforms allow users to play both for real money and free games. However, the winnings can be obtained only when playing for real money (with the possibility of their further withdrawal to a card or online wallet).

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The majority of gambling platforms allow users to play both for real money and free games.

To increase your chances of receiving such a prize, it is worth listening to helpful advice from experienced professionals. If you are just starting your way in gambling, then you should pay attention to the no deposit bonus and the conditions to win without investing your money.

What Is No Deposit Bonus?
This reward is one of the casino promos that provides players with cash when they open an account or try a new game without replenishing it. In fact, there are not too many places where you can get real money with no deposit   So, these bonuses offer a great opportunity to try a new casino or new game with minimal risk.

Gambling platforms may offer two types of such rewards:

1. Cashable: they allow the player to withdraw both the bonus money provided and the winnings;

2. Non-cashable: they cannot be withdrawn, because the casino deducts it from the total winnings.

The main purpose of such gifts is to advertise the brand, as well as quickly increase a client base. Usually, gambling platforms use no deposit bonuses in order to attract new customers or reward regular players.

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Understand the pros and cons of using no deposit bonus gambling – then have fun.

Thanks to this offer, players can try something new without risking their own money. Online casinos can also provide free rewards on any new game so that visitors can play it and only then replenish the account.

Pros and Cons of Using No Deposit Bonuses
It should be noted that everything has its positive and negative sides, and all types of free rewards as well. So let’s pay attention to the pros and cons of using no deposit bonuses:
Advantages:

1. Having used these rewards, you will be able to study the whole functionality of the site and make sure that it is worth your trust;

2. You will be able to test the game in the real money mode and understand the principle of its work;

3. The player does not spend his own money and, as a result, he does not have to invest his own funds, if something is wrong with a casino.

Disadvantages:
● Small size. If you think that casinos are giving hundreds of dollars, then you are wrong. Usually, the reward starts from $10-20 free dollars to several dozens of free spins;

● The original bonus will not be allowed to withdraw immediately after the receipt. The withdrawal option appears only after playing a wager;

● These rewards are issued for a small number of games. As a rule, the use of free spins is limited to one or a few video slots.

Having considered the pros and cons of using no deposit bonus, you are ready to start. Good luck!

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Will municiipalities be given the power to ban hand guns?

News 100 redBy Staff

September 23, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The federal government said through the Throne Speech delivered today that municipalities might be given the right to ban hand guns.

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Hand guns seized in police raids

It is going to be interesting to see what the reaction is to this one.

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Steve Nash now coaching the Brooklyn Nets

sportsred 100x100By Scot Stevens

September 23rd, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Steve Nash, the Hall of Famer, is now the new head coach of an NBA outfit –  the Brooklyn Nets.

During his nineteen-year career, Nash had a reputation for being one of the most fascinating point guards in the business. And now he gets his opportunity to recreate that magic as a coach.

There’s a combined hope that Nash’s arrival will see the duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving continue with the Nets. And if this happens to be the case, it’s worth checking out the odds on basketball whenever the team is in action. Durant missed out for the entire season in 2019/20 due to a ruptured Achilles tendon injury. At the same time, Irving was limited to twenty appearances due to a persistent shoulder problem which required surgery.

Nash knows Durant well, thanks to his previous role as a player development consultant with the Golden State. So, this will stand him in good stead when he gets to work with the team as head coach. The familiarity between the staff and players continues, as Jacque Vaughn, who was leading the Nets when the season ended, will take on the role of lead assistant moving forwards.

The Nets head coach position was always going to attract a lot of suitors, because of the infrastructure and players. Therefore, it will come as no surprise that Sean Marks, the Nets general manager, met with multiple high-quality candidates, and could have made a case for any one of them landing the role. After the talk of Marks being keen on hiring Gregg Popovich, his former boss, colleague, and Spurs coach, came and went, he brought in a former teammate in Nash.

The forty-six-year-old, who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa originally, has the quality which Marks was looking for, and they will serve him well as he leads the Nets through their next era. As a coach, the two-time MVP star is a natural leader, who knows how to communicate effectively and will prove to be a fantastic mentor for the players at his disposal. He also has a high-level of basketball intelligence, which will rub off on those around him. But, most importantly, Nash is known for being a team player. He puts the collective first, and it’s this selfless attitude which is undoubtedly a crucial reason why he got the job.

Jacque Vaughn reverting to his former role as the lead assistant to the Nash as head coach will be a boost to everyone as well. He was in the running to continue as head coach for a while, according to Marks. It will come as no surprise after steering the Nets after the restart, without a lot of top players, to the Eastern Conference’s number seven seed position.

He knows the organization and its values inside out and will help Nash to drive the culture in the right direction.

He’s also an excellent coach on the court, who can enable the development of players.

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