Canada started out with strict gambling laws, but now it is much more relaxed. The control rests mainly with the territorial and provincial governments; however, they can form their policies keeping to the statutes of the country’s Criminal Code. However, the scene was quite different back in 1892 when only betting on horse racing was allowed, and all other types of gambling was banned.
In the years following 1892, up to 1969, the laws began to change and were more relaxed to allow gambling with smaller odds that would benefit charities. Gambling at summer fairs became quite popular, apart from the wagering on horse races. These turn of events inspired the governments at the federal and provincial level to introduce lotteries in 1969, which would raise money for activities that were worthwhile for the country.
Later with the advent of slot machines and electronic gaming devices, the Criminal Code of Canada was amended in 1985 to accommodate these gambling activities. This amendment also gave more powers to provincial and territorial governments to control gambling in areas under their jurisdiction. Hence, there is no uniform policy for gambling across Canada, and you might find areas that are stricter than others are.
Presently, bingo for charitable purposes, horse racing and ticket lotteries are legal all over Canada, but may not be offered in all the areas. People can also play games at casinos in Canada, and over 100 casinos are operating all over Canada, with the exception in Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Casinos in Canada are popular tourist attractions and a favorite of the local population and outsiders as well. With the spread of Internet, certain online casinos like JackpotCity have also become very popular. Online casinos are much more accesible in terms of cost – players can play for free before putting money down on the table, so to speak. Similar laws apply to the online casinos, at the minute the age restriction for entering a casino is 19 years; however, places like Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta have relaxed their laws, making 18 the admissible age.
Visit the Canadian War Museum!
When you are traveling through Ontario, Canada and looking for attractions to visit, consider taking a tour of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The museum is a great place to learn about the sacrifices that Canadian military personnel have made and the wars they have been involved in. You might be surprised what you see and learn at the museum. [click to continue…]
Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
This aviation museum has the most far-reaching collection of planes and flight memorabilia in the country. Much flight-themed art work is on exhibit as well. The world-class displays follow the history of flight in Canada and around the world. First opening in Ottawa in 1960, the collection moved to its current facilities in the late 1980s. Then, the spacious Reserve Hanger was completed in the mid-2000s.
Today, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum celebrates flight from its beginning in the country in the early 1900s. Following aviation history from World War I to the present day and including space flight, the venue easily engages young and old in the common human fascination with flying. [click to continue…]
In Anticipation of the Canadian Human Rights Museum
The architectural landscape of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada is undergoing a physical transformation. Out from the dust of construction, an extensive path of bridges and an expansive 47,000 square feet of exhibit space culminate in a striking 23-story glass tower that overlooks the city. Projected for completion at the end of 2012, the Canadian Human Rights Museum is an idea museum, a learning center for humanity.
The physical form of this unique destination is powerful and meaningful. Drawing upon the historical, cultural, and symbolic significance of the Forks, the meeting of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers where the museum begins, the building itself is designed to move visitors from darkness to light. As architect Antoine Predrock explains, ““The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is rooted in humanity, making visible in the architecture the fundamental commonality of humankind-a symbolic apparition of ice, clouds and stone set in a field of sweet grass. Carved into the earth and dissolving into the sky on the Winnipeg horizon, the abstract ephemeral wings of a white dove embrace a mythic stone mountain of 450 million year old Tyndall limestone in the creation of a unifying and timeless landmark for all nations and cultures of the world.” [click to continue…]