July, 2015


New Ownership at Casino New Brunswick

Casino New Brunswick has been bought by the Great Canadian Gaming for $95 million dollars. The British Columbia-based corporation purchased the casino which has been operating since 2010. Casino New Brunswick is the only land-based casino in the province of New Brunswick. Great Canadian Gaming is already responsible for casino operations in Victoria and Surrey, Naniamo and Dawson Creek British Columbia, Halifax and Sydney Nova Scotia and Dundas and Innisfil Ontario. The GCG also operates the Great American Casinos of Lakeview and Everett in Washington State. In announcing the purchase, theRead More

Lightning Strikes Three Times

Peter McCathie is a lucky man! When McCathie was 14 years old, he was hit by lightning. It was a sunny day and he was out on a boat trip with friends. As the group locked up the boat in shallow water, a bolt of lightning came out of the trees and hit him. McCathie survived the lightning strike, putting him in the category of 1 in 700,000. Incredibly, McCathie’s daughter also survived a lightning strike. Two years ago she was working as a wilderness guide in Manitoba. In anRead More

FIFA 16 Cover Features Canada’s Christine Sinclair

The international football association known as FIFA has been in news lately because of numerous arrests of top officials accused of corruption. But while the real FIFA organization reels, the soccer video game that bears its name is doing better than ever. This year’s edition, FIFA 16, features a female soccer player on the cover for the first time. And the Canadian edition has none other than national team standout Christine Sinclair, who joins international superstar Lionel Messi as the featured players of the game. But even the great MessiRead More

New Manitoba Casino

Manitoba’s third First Nations-owned casino venue, Sand Hills, has opened, approximately 2 hours west of Winnipeg. The casino is situated just off of Highway 5 on the Swan Lake First Nation lands. It features 350 slot machines along with table games, card games, a restaurant and a lounge. The Assembly of Manitoba, a network of First Nations in Manitoba, has been working towards building a casino venue in Western Manitoba for more than a decade. Leaders are pleased that the first stage of this project has been completed. It is plannedRead More

Bingo, The Winning Musical: A Quirky, Fun Bingo Theatre Show

The eccentricity of bingo players at bingo centres is fairly well-known.  Some players insist on calling numbers by their ridiculous if harmless nicknames.  Some denizens of bingo centres have all kinds of quirks regarding talking, dabbing, keeping one’s space, and many other oddities. Now I’ve found out that a delightful play called “Bingo, The Winning Musical”, based on the personalities of bingo centre players, is coming to the Watertown, N.Y. area, not exactly Canada but not much of a drive either.  I saw the play a few years back inRead More

Look Out! Climate Change to Wreak Havoc on Sports in Canada

I read that athletes participating in the Pan Am Games have been warned to exhibit extra caution because of the heat wave Toronto is experiencing.  Then I read that the heat wave would cause Toronto’s high temperature to soar to 30⁰ Centigrade!  Since I grew up in Canada and now reside in sunny, warm, and humid Florida, I was caught off guard by the notion that 30⁰ Centigrade might be considered dangerously hot! Is it all a Hoax? That led me to think about how global warming and climate changeRead More

What’s New at OLG?

The new Ontario Lottery and Gaming website has launched and options for playing online in Ontario are more extensive than ever. An overview of what’s new at the OLG: 1.What is the OLG? The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has been providing lottery and other gambling alternatives to Ontario residents for 15 years. OLG has been designated, by the Ontario provincial government, as the agency which is responsible for operating and managing gambling activities in the province. These activities include lotteries, casinos, horse racing tracks and the slots machines thatRead More

The Hitman Returns…To Mobile

If you’ve ever wanted to see the world through the eyes of one of its darkest figures, you’ll enjoy Hitman: Sniper, the latest installment in the Hitman series that brought the world Agent 47, the suave hitman of the title with the iconic bald head and square jaw. Agent 47 has been lying low in remote snow capped mountains, training for his return to the world of big business deals and bigger contracts on people’s heads. He’s ready to carry out any number of contracts, and you get to helpRead More

First Nation Bingo Event Demonstrates Importance of Charitable Gaming

The biggest, or should we say the richest, bingo event will be held on August 2nd at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. The games are scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm and will run about three hours!  The hall for the event will open at 11:30 am.  There will be a pre-bingo bingo hour and other bingo activities before the high stakes main event begins. Booklets are somewhat high-priced at $100 and $125 but the cause is said to be a good one: to provide much-needed funds for activities ofRead More

Congratulations to Canada’s Champions and Good Luck to all our Athletes

The Canadian teams and players have been performing very well at the Pan Am Games, still underway in Toronto.  Our Canadian athletes have already won gold medals and are in strong competition for others. High Speed Bicycling Gold Tory Nyhaug won the Gold Medal in the Men’s BMX.  The personal odyssey Tory has travelled is amazing in its own right but for him to be racing at such a high level is nothing short of wondrous!  Tory has had his share of major injuries in his short career; he’s onlyRead More