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Casino Rama workers vote to strike if necessary

Zoltan Tundik

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Casino Rama‘s refusal to meet provincial norms has forced members of Unifor Local 1090 to vote overwhelmingly in favour of a strike if a fair collective agreement cannot be negotiated by the end of the month.

“Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “They deserve a fair collective agreement and are prepared to escalate job action to get it.”

Unifor says the Casino’s workers are among lowest paid in Ontario, and the employer’s current scheduling practices make it almost impossible to achieve a reasonable work-life balance.

“Unifor members at Casino Rama have a great relationship with customers and take pride in their work,” said Steve Batchelor, Unifor National Representative for Rama. “It would be unfortunate if Casino Rama triggered a disruption for customers.”

Local 1090 is also seeking to strengthen benefits and the pension plan.

Almost 1,500 workers at Rama including dealers, cashiers, slot workers, food and beverage staff, environmental services, finance, hotel, valet, entertainment and other staff, voted to join Unifor in 2015 and achieved their first collective agreement in 2016.

They join more than 19,000 hospitality and gaming workers, including more than 9,000 at casinos. Unifor represents workers at Caesars Windsor, Great Blue Heron Gaming, and other gaming sites across Canada.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

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After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Canadian Gaming Association calls on all party support for single-event sports betting

George Miller

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The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) welcomes the commitment made by Windsor West Liberal candidate Sandra Pupatello to amend the criminal code to enable single-event sports betting, agreeing with her comment that “there is no reason to hold back on this initiative.”

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Pupatello’s support and call on all parties to fight for the simple amendment that provinces requested 10 years ago that would benefit places like Windsor,” stated Paul Burns, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association. “This change would give provinces the tools to deliver a safe and legal option to Canadians while helping economic benefits, such as jobs, flow to communities and provincial governments.”

Canadians enjoy sports betting because they are wagering approximately $10 billion annually through illegal bookmaking operations in Canada, usually operated by organized crime organizations. Additionally, more than $ 4 billion is wagered through offshore online sports wagering sites. Currently, only $500 million is wagered through legal provincial sports lottery products offered to Canadians, which means many people are betting through illegal and often dangerous means.

The Canadian gaming industry touches almost every corner of our country. From Corner Brook, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia, hundreds of communities benefit from gaming. Gaming in Canada provides almost 182,500 jobs and good salaries – the average national wage is $65,000 – and a portion of the revenue generated equalling $9.1 billion is transferred to fund government, community programs, charitable causes, and First Nations initiatives. However, inaction on single-event sports wagering means these benefits are threatened, especially in border communities like Windsor.

“Let us not lose sight of how one small change can drive enormous benefits to the Canadian gaming industry, Canadian communities, as well as Canadians, who just want to be able to bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, or World Series,” added Mr. Burns. “The CGA has been advocating for single-event sports wagering for a decade. With all party support and assistance from our federal government, its time has come.”

 

About the Canadian Gaming Association:
The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the evolution of Canada’s gaming industry. The association’s mandate is to promote the economic value of gaming in Canada; use research, innovation, and best practices to help the industry advance; and create productive dialogue among stakeholders. www.canadiangaming.ca

 

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The October 4 draw will offer a jackpot of $65 million and approximately 8 Maxmillions – 2 Maxmillions were won yesterday

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The October 4 draw will offer a jackpot of $65 million and approximately 8 Maxmillions - 2 Maxmillions were won yesterday
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2 Maxmillions ($1 million each) were won in last night’s Lotto Max draw thanks to selections sold in The Prairies, Ontario and Atlantic Provinces. The Tuesday, October 4 draw will therefore offer total prizes worth about $73 million, including a jackpot of 65 million and approximately 8 $1 million dollar prize(s) (Maxmillions).

For each Maxmillions, an additional selection of 7 numbers between 1 and 50 is drawn. These selections are not decomposable and prizes may be shared by winners.

 

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mkodo signs deal with Western Canada Lottery Corporation

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Developer to provide WCLC with fully native application

Award-winning digital product provider and WLA Associate Member mkodo has secured a deal with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) to develop a fully native application for both iOS and Android systems.

The supplier’s user experience and internal teams will lead development of the app, which will include a host of innovative features to take WCLC’s mobile channel to the next level.

Users will be able to check if they’re a winner with the ticket scanner, as well as view recent results, find their nearest retailer and keep updated with upcoming draws and jackpots via push notifications.

The app will also help support WCLC’s digital strategy of looking to bridge the gap between retail environments and the digital channel by allowing customers to add lottery tickets to their online cart and purchase the cart in a retail store.

The application, planned to launch next year, will be available in all WCLC markets including Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, in addition to Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The deal builds on mkodo’s strong presence in Canada, where it is now developing mobile apps for four Provincial lottery groups.

The company was recently granted Associate Membership to the World Lottery Association, underlining mkodo’s extensive experience in the global lottery sector.

Stuart Godfree, Managing Director at mkodo, said: “Partnering with another Canadian lottery is a great achievement for us and emphasises our knowledge of and success within the Canadian market.

“We have a proven record of delivering applications for lottery operators that tick the boxes in customer expectations and provide add-on functionalities that drive revenue for our partners.”

Brad Wiebe, Vice President of Marketing at WCLC, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with mkodo to enhance our mobile application and have full confidence that through this collaboration we will transform the way we interact with our customers.

“mkodo has built a solid reputation in the Canadian market through its unrivalled expertise. The finished product will undoubtedly be a huge hit with both existing players and new audiences.”

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