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Canadians Have and Have Not Enjoyed Gambling Over the Years #Canada150

Face it. There is nothing like the rush of a craps table. There’s really nothing like the rush of gambling period, which is why it is such a popular entertainment medium. Who wouldn’t want to sit down at a machine or table and double, triple, or even quadruple their money? Canadians love to try their luck in the 21st century, and although it’s always been that way, it hasn’t always been legal.

 

Gambling Before Canada

 

Gambling in what is now Canada dates back prior to Canada itself. The indigenous people gambled as far back as 6000 B.C., as discovered by John Cabot. In 1497, Cabot researched the native gambling, which was to engage in activities that not only required a bit of luck but also fostered mental, physical, and spiritual growth, and unearthed evidence that games such as these dated back centuries. Canada didn’t become Canada until 1867, but those who inhabited the land prior loved to game.

 

Gambling Falls From Grace

 

Despite centuries of chance, the Canadian Criminal Code banned gambling in 1892. Much like Prohibition in the United States, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and much like Prohibition in the United States, the law didn’t stick. By 1900, Canadians were trying their luck once again by playing bingo and participating in charitable raffles. Horseracing was permitted by 1910, and in 1925 you could gamble legally at exhibitions and fairs.

 

If you have ever worked in government, you understand how difficult it can be to fund monetary needs. In 1969, authorities amended the Criminal Code to allow lotteries to fund provincial and federal projects. As time went by, restrictions loosened on horse racing and lotteries, and, slowly but surely, casinos and slot machines began to pop up everywhere. Today, gambling restrictions are determined by each province.

 

Las Vegas North of the Border

 

The year 1998 saw Sin City make its way north of the border when Caesars Windsor opened its doors in Windsor, Ontario. In 2005, Caesars began a 439-million-dollar project to renovate the gambling and entertainment space. Prior to the renovation, Canadians and their visitors enjoyed gambling well enough, but now, the impressive structure is a Mecca for those who love to try their luck. Viva Windsor, Ontario!

 

At What Cost?

 

What does a mega-casino like Caesars Windsor cost to the people, however? Yes, this and hundreds of other casinos bring much-needed income into the Canadian economy, but they also place a tremendous burden on the environment. Electricity, paper, waste management, and other factors make running these facilities with a low carbon footprint nearly impossible. So, how do Canadians continue to engage in a favorite activity without feeling guilty? They go online.

 

Today’s Casino

 

The latest chapter in Canadian gambling history includes websites such as Casinos.ca. These list online casinos that allow real gambling from the comfort of your own home. When you gamble online, you not only have the same fun you have in brick-and-mortar casinos, you also stand a chance to hit it big. On top of that, you are improving your carbon footprint by gambling in cyberspace instead of at monster casinos.

 

Throughout history, Canadians have shown a love for gambling, and why not. Name another entertainment form that might actually pay you for having fun!

Amazon CloudFront adds Canadian edge servers

It is good to know that Amazon AWS service adds new edge locations in Montreal and Toronto for Cloudfront. I hope it will be soon to have a new edge in Canada West, such as Vancouver.

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Amazon CloudFront adds new edge locations in Montreal and Toronto, our first in Canada

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest edge locations in Toronto and Montreal, our first edge locations in Canada. Adding locations in Canada has been frequently requested by our customers so we are excited to add these two locations to our global network. If you’re already using Amazon CloudFront, you don’t need to do anything to your applications as requests are automatically routed to these locations when appropriate.

These new edge locations help improve performance and availability to end users of your applications and support all Amazon CloudFront features at no additional cost. Pricing for the new edge locations in Canada is the same as that in the US.

We have also added a second edge location in Sao Paolo, Brazil, our third edge location in Brazil. With the addition of the new locations in Canada and the second edge location in Sao Paolo, Amazon CloudFront now has a total of 59 edge locations worldwide. To see a list of all Amazon CloudFront global edge locations, please see our edge location list. To learn more about the service, attend a monthly office hour session that includes Q&A with Amazon CloudFront Engineers and Product Managers. Visit Amazon CloudFront for more information and register for the next office hour.

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CloudatCost VPS – an VPS service provider from Canada

I am customer of CloudatCost, which is a VPS service provider at Ontario, Canada.

I saw the Ads on twitter, or just someone make a tweet. The most interesting thing is the one time payment and no more recurring invoice. Only one time setup fee.  It also has monthly plan.

For example, the very basic plan, Developer 1, $1/month or $35/one time.

If subscribe the monthly plan, it will be $1/month, after a year, you paid $12.  One time fee $35 is about three year subscription fee. So pay three year service in the front. That’s it. You own the plan for ever.

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I purchased plan Developer 2, by one time fee.

Developer 2:

  • $10/month or $70/one time
  • 2 Xeon vCPU
  • 1 public IP
  • 1GB ECC RAM
  • 20GB SSD
  • 100Mbit Network
  • 1TB monthly transfer

 

I have a coupon for 50% off, that means you just need to pay $35/one time fee, you can have it for ever. See the coupon code :

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Important Passport Tips for Canadians

First of all, the passport remains the exclusive property of the Government of Canada and the person is allowed to use it.

Safekeeping

As the custodian of this passport, it is your responsibility to keep it in a safe place at all times. If issued to a child, it is the parent or legal guardian’s responsibility to safeguard the passport on the child’s behalf.

When travelling: Do not leave a passport unattended in your luggage, vehicle, hotel room or esewhere. Lock it in a hotel safe or carry it securely in a moneybelt, purse or inside coat pocket.

At home: when no travelling, it is recommended that your passport be stored in a secure location in your home not easily accessibile to others.

Before you travel

Check the Government of Canada’s official Travel Advice and Advisories or each destination country at http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories. You will find up-to-date, country-specific advice on safety and security, entry and exit requirements, health concers, local laws and culture, and natural disasters and climate for more than 220 destinations worldwide.

Order or download a copy of Essential Information for Canadian Travellers and other publications for advice on safe and responsible travel at travel.gc.ca/publication.

Passport validity/expiry date: Check the expiry date of your passport before planning a trip. Many countries require that your passport be valid for several months after the date you plan to leave. Each country sets its own rules. so you should consult the Travel Advice and Advisories at travel.gc.ca/advice to confirm the requirements of each of your destination countries.

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Kindle 3 Order in Canada

I order my Kindle 3 on December 31, 2010, the last day of 2010. Same as my two daughters, I do like to read books. After a long time waiting, researching , thinking, comparing, I decided to buy a Kindle from Amazon.
There are so many comparison between Kindle, nook, sony reader, kobo, etc. I still think Kindle 3 has better E-ink display.
OK, it is my own guessing. I am waiting for the oreder to be shipped to my home.
Amazon has two editions. One is USA edition. The other is International edition. Even I am in Canada, it is very close to US, I still have to order International edition.

  • Shipping Estimate: January 24, 2011 – January 25, 2011
  • Delivery Estimate: February 3, 2011 – February 16, 2011

Look, it is about one and half month I have to wait. Amazon need to improve their manufacturer performance.

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National Chinese Stem Cell Drive

I joined the OneMatch program years ago. The procedure to test is painless.
Now they have a program for Chinese in Canada. I hope every suitable age Chinese can join in. For you and for the other Asian in Canada.
The following email is received from OneMatch.
We’re emailing you today to ask for your help. You can spread the word of some up-coming stem cell awareness and buccal swab collection events organized by our partner, OtherHalf – Chinese Stem Initiative.
Please encourage other socially minded Canadians in Toronto and Vancouver on March 27th to be ‘The One.’

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The events run from 11:00am to 5:00pm at First Markham Place (Markham, ON), Splendid China Mall (Scarborough, ON), the Chinese Gospel Church (Chinatown, 450 Dundas St. W) and the Aberdeen Centre (Richmond, BC).

Three basic types of Income

As we know, all taxpayers resident in Canada must declare income from all kinds of sources, including those outside Canada, and must pay tax on their own taxable income.
There are three basic types of income.
Employment income
Most of our Canadians earn income through employment. Employment income includes all benefits the employee receives in connection with the services he provide to employer. So it is including any bonuses, gratuities, or honorariums, as well as any retiring allowance.
Basically, employer will withhold and remit to the Canada Revenue Agency on your behalf your income tax and Employment Insurance and CPP/QPP. The whole year records will be shown on the T4s.

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Vote for next four years in BC

Today is voting day for BC. No matter which party you support, please go to vote.

The polls are open and British Columbians are on their way to school gyms and church basements across the province to pick their next government. Polling stations will be open on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Mountain Time zone. via CBC.ca

Some candidates’ party shown below:
B.C. Liberals
NDP
Greens
B.C. Conservatives

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