As the town undertakes another
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
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
transformation of the industry. “It’s
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
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
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
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
$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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