Author: Gary Parkinson

Canadians Bet On Roll Up The Rim To Win

Gambling in casinos and online casinos remains a divisive issue across Canada.  Despite some opposition to gambling, all Canadians will line up once again to bet on the most culturally accepted gambling game – Tim Horton’s Roll Up The Rim To Win, or Rim contest. Every year the iconic Canadian coffee shop hosts its annual…

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Valentine’s Day Shooting Disgraces Former Paralympics Athlete

When heroes turn to the enemy, fans are captivated by the details of the story.  Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympics sprinter who gained the nickname of the ‘Blade Runner’ at the London Olympics last summer, has been charged with the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.  The shooting occurred the morning of Valentine’s Day amid Reeva’s…

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Is Senate Opposition To Sportsbetting Bill Nothing More Than Political Gamesmanship?

  The Canadian sportsbetting bill was introduced by the NDP to legalize single game bets.  The motion has been supported by organizations and agencies across the country, but has come up against considerable opposition in the Senate.  Reports suggest Conservative senators are using the sportsbetting bill to challenge what Canadians see as Stephen Harper’s “rubber…

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A Unique Perspective On The OLG Casinos From Bob McCown

Bob McCown is one of Canada’s most recognized and controversial talk show hosts, and discusses the latest trends in sports on his daily afternoon show ‘Prime Time Sports.’ Occasionally McCown and one of his guests will take a segment to discuss other topics in Canada that are often political and therefore, controversial in nature.  Earlier…

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OLG Chairman Loses Casino Support From His Own Company

The Toronto casino has gotten harder for the OLG to sell after a real estate development company chaired by OLG chairman Paul Godfrey has spoken out against the downtown proposal.  According to the Toronto Star, casino opponents have used the letter to suggest that Godfrey couldn’t even convince his own people that the gaming centre…

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How Much Money Will Be Bet On The Superbowl?

Will you be watching the Superbowl tonight?  While sports commentators note that viewership during the NFL season has declined for the first time this year, bookmakers particularly in Nevada are expecting this year’s Superbowl to set a record in sportsbetting activity.  The teams each have their star players fueling gambling activity in both land-based and…

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PlayNow.com Expands into Manitoba

Canadians love to gamble evidenced by the number of online casinos operating both within the country and providing services from offshore.  British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in North America to regulate an online casino when it took over operations of PlayNow.com in 2010.  Last week the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries organization, which has a…

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Ex-Toronto Mayors Weigh Into Casino Debate

Toronto remains embroiled in a divisive casino debate.  The OLG, Mayor Rob Ford, and potential casino operators are lobbying citizens and city councilors to support the casino.  Meanwhile problem gambling groups, Chief Medical Officer Dr. David McKeown, and social health organizations are encouraging councilors to reject the casino proposal.  Weighing into the debate are three…

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