How far do you think gambling goes? Maybe as far back as Ancient Greece? Or Ancient Rome? Well, there’s much historical evidence that proves that initial forms of gambling games have been played throughout the history of our civilization. The earliest signs of gambling games date as far back as 2300 BC. Don’t you think it’s a pretty long time indeed? As we can see, people have always been interested in gambling.
An Egyptian game Senet was featured on multiple tombs and hieroglyphs. The accessories of the game used even became a lucky charm for the journey of the dead. Unsurprisingly, the game depended on luck, so people believed that the winner was protected by gods.
Modern technology has changed our lives in immeasurable ways. And gambling is not an exception! Speaking about gambling in North America, the US gets most of the attention because
Canadians. A history of the nation. Interesting facts.
There were periods when gambling laws were quite strict in Canada. Since that time, things have become much easier. Less strict gambling legislation was passed in the 1970s. Lately, Canadian provinces were given the right to oversee gambling opportunities. Thus, gaming activities are now offered through various government-licensed private operators.
Many provinces now have land-based casinos and horse racing tracks. Their government approved sports betting outlets, and their own individual lotteries. The whole gambling industry is supervised by the Canadian Gaming Commission but laws related to gaming activities are enforced by the individual provinces.
Recent stats show that at least 70-75% of Canadians gamble in some way on an annual basis. Not everyone wins big – it’s understandable. However, casinos and other betting agencies make a profit and the majority of gambling revenues is getting filtered back into local communities.
Each province has a legislative authority which invites local residents to attend public meetings. These meetings are designed to decide where to direct revenue raised from gambling. Over the years, millions of Canadian dollars have been invested into the field of tourism, recreation, environmental protection, cultural organizations and health care as well as education, scientific and medical research.
How to recognize a real Canadian?
How do some folk view Canada? Let’s take a look at what it means to be a “real” Canadian!
Bear in mind that this comes from a perspective of living the entire life in the same province. So, the “signs of a Canadian” are likely quite different for Arctic, Maritimes, Prairies or Central Canada.
1. They are quick to apologize. While it may be just a stereotype, Canadians do seem to have the habit of apologizing for almost anything and almost immediately
2. They watch Hockey night in Canada religiously. Canada’s National Sports Act of 1994 decreed that ice hockey is their national winter sport.
3. They embrace the cultural mosaic. People arrive in Canada from just about every other sea in the world. Not to mention a broad range of peoples who have populated these lands for centuries So, Canadians were raised to embrace the multicultural mosaic.
4. They are humble patriots. Just like “not American”, Canadians choose to express their patriotism as being proud of their country. But only outside of the Olympic games, particularly hockey!
Canada is definitely becoming more open to the gambling industry. One of the most recent Ontario’s iGaming initiatives is clear evidence of that. It was tailored to simplify the entry to this market for third parties. In addition, Canada passed Bill C-218 in 2021 to lift restrictions on single-event sports betting. As a result, both Ontario and British Columbia announced that they will allow such betting options on their online platforms.
As Canada’s gambling laws continue to evolve, it’s of the essence for companies to keep changes in each province traced. This will allow operators to react rapidly to regulatory developments across provinces, while giving them an advantage over the competitors!