As the town undertakes another

Wanna bet?

economic development strategy study, do

you want to bet that, before this process

has wound up in 2013, somebody will

What do one rabbit’s foot, a handful of

mention the casino, again?

corn kernels and a whole big load of faith


have in common?

Remember that about 15 years ago,

Exactly – they were once part of the

Glengarry County became embroiled in a

basic bingo fanatic’s starter kit.

heated discussion when a casino was

At one time, children, the bingo game


proposed for downtown Alexandria. It

was big.

Plus, because there are electronic toys to

receiving bingo proceeds has been halved –

took a referendum to put that idea to rest.

play with, the bingo centres are now


from 6,000 to 3,000 in the last decade.

Hawkesbury does not need another

attracting more men.

and electronic gizmos were invented,

The numbers show that when it comes to

divisive issue; town council has enough

The OLG describes the Charitable Bingo

players kept tabs on the numbers that were

gambling, bingo is near the bottom of the

trouble dealing with the current issues on

and Gaming Revitalization Initiative as a

called by using corn kernels as markers, on

list. Most people who bet would purchase

its plate.

transformation of the industry. “It’s

paper cards.

lottery tickets or head to a casino before

Anyway, the dream of an island casino

intended to offer players an interactive

TV bingo was a big source of

going to a bingo hall.

in the big village on the Ottawa is a long

environment, a new way to play electronic

entertainment as well.

However, there are still many diehard

shot. For starters, no serious investor

bingo and charitable social games and


bingo lovers, who indirectly help several

would be interested in the site until the

provide enhanced customer service. Bingo

be derived from this simple game, played

community organizations.

missing link – a bridge to the downtown

halls will transform to charitable gaming





That is why the stakes are high as bingo

isle – is found.

centres over a period of time to attract new

concentration onemight see in an air traffic

halls try to keep pace with the technological

Electronic bingo will arrive way before

players and provide an exciting charitable

controller landing a 747, on a crowded

evolution by going with the e-gaming flow.

any concrete stepswill be taken to develop

gaming entertainment experience.”

runway, in a snowstorm.

The Long Sault is among the operations

the island.

So, does all of this talk about gaming

Yes, the church basement bingo game

hoping to land the right to offer “electronic

But the discussion about a gaming

make you uncomfortable?

was good clean family fun. OK, so the

bingo” as part of an e-gaming package.


What is OLG doing about problem

games were not always that “clean,”

The Commercial Gaming Association of

if not good clean family fun. COMMUNITY


considering that many players were big

Ontario and the Ontario Charitable Gaming

“OLG is strongly committed to

smokers. Ignorance was such bliss. Those

Association have been mandated by the

upholding the public’s best interest by



delivering its products and services in a

about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Boating course in February

which was introduced in 2005 as a pilot

socially responsible manner. On March

Heck, at one time lawn darts and lead-

Saint-André Squadron, member of the

project in six salons.

31, 2005, the Corporation launched its

based paint were considered to be safe.

Canadian Power Squadrons (CPS), will

The eBingoGaming initiative is designed

Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct, a

Bingo is still fun, and a good source of


Boating Basics ( Sur l’eau ), a basic

to make centres more competitive and

commitment to reduce the risk of problem

money for charities.

navigation course in Saint-Bernardin as

appealing to a broader demographic while

gambling in Ontario. Through a series of

However, in many communities, its

of February. A minimum of 7 persons is

providing a different gaming experience

initiatives, OLG is strengthening its

number may be up.

required. Cost : $75.00 (course, manual,

from traditional casinos or slots at

corporate commitment, enhancing

Like everything else, bingo is being

exam, one-year membership to the Saint-


customer information and education

forced to adapt.

André Squadron). If anglophones are

With e-gaming, players have the option

programs and developing programs and

Smoking bans and competition from

interested, arrangements are possible.

of playing bingo on a computer.

polices that improve the gaming

online games and casinos have resulted in

Registration : Sylvie Dupont at 613 678-

The experiment seems to have paid off at


the demise of the conventional games.


the pilot sites.

Which, of course, brings us to the idea of

Revenues at charity bingos in Ontario

Love Festival

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming

a casino being set up on Hawkesbury’s

have plunged over the last decade – from

A Love Festival mass will be held

Corporation bingo business has generated

Hamilton Island.

$250 million to $50 million per year.

February 12 at 9:15 a.m. at St. Bernard’s

more than $75 million for charities since

Every few years, somebody tosses out

The Long Sault bingo hall in

Church, Fournier, followed by a brunch.

1997. Since the 2005 test began, the gaming

the notion that it would be really neat if

Hawkesbury, which benefits several

For reservations, call Jacqueline Lalonde

centres offering electronic bingo have

somebody built a huge gaming house on

charitable organizations, has been losing

(613-524-2979) or Calista Nicholas (613-

generated over $30 million for charities.

the island in the Ottawa River.

about $75,000 a year.


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