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Canadian Gambling Culture: Perceptions, Behavior and Attitudes


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Over the past few decades, Canadians have become an integral part of the international gambling industry as a form of entertainment. In reality, Canadians consider their gambling to be more a form of risk management than entertainment. This can be seen by the kinds of activities they take part in.

The Canadian perception of gambling is entertainment for recreation, social interaction or freedom of expression. 


The gambling culture in Canada has a long history. Gambling was legal in Quebec and Ontario until 1855; horse racing was also popular. However, gambling had to be done in face-to-face gatherings. It was acceptable to bet on cockfights, dog fights, boxing matches and more.

There were a few restrictions on the type of gambling considered acceptable. Rules stated that more than six players couldn’t play card games. Another limitation was that no one could throw dice while standing.

The Canadian government began to place restrictions on other forms of gambling. In 1892, the government passed an act that banned gambling games like baccarat and roulette. These were said to be similar to the illegal activity of bookmaking.

In 1909, the government passed an act that outlawed any race track or off-track betting in Canada. This was part of a more significant movement that began in the 1800s. It abolished racing altogether because it was considered a sport for wealthy elites, excluding the working class.

Gambling Culture in Canada

Canadian people are more likely to gamble than Americans. That’s due, in part, to their unique relationship with gambling. In Canada, the government is responsible for getting gamblers in the door and keeping them there.

Then, there’s the Great White North’s history with land-based casinos. The first one was built in Montreal in 1875, two decades before its American counterpart. It was designed to keep Canadians from crossing into the US, where gambling was unregulated at the time.

The Canadian government would even run ads encouraging citizens to gamble at home. The country’s history of regulated gaming has made people comfortable going into casinos.

Canada has a long history of gambling. When European settlers first came to the country, they brought gambling games. The first laws passed in Canada to address this were in 1895; the first casino opened in Montreal in 1978.

In 2000, the Ontario government started to allow charitable groups to organize casinos. They were pitched as fun events where people could gamble for fun and benefit a cause. These types of events are organized all over Canada today.

Illegal Sites

The Canadian government has recently cracked down on illegal online gambling sites operating from within Canada. They’ve shut down a few websites and ordered banks to block access to these sites from within Canada.

Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is a very real problem, affecting many people. It can ruin relationships, cause legal trouble and even result in physical harm when the addict gambles away money they need for shelter or food.

To combat this problem, Canada has many laws to limit the accessibility and appeal of gambling. These laws include age restrictions on entering casinos and playing games, like slot machines and poker; bans on advertising; restrictions on where casinos can be located; and limitations on how much a person can spend in a single day at a casino. They also have programs for helping addicted gamblers find rehabilitation.


In the end, there are some severe issues in the Canadian gambling culture that need to be addressed. Many Canadians are becoming involved with gambling of all types, from lottery tickets to horse racing to sports betting and beyond. The result is often financial loss, addiction and other serious problems for society.

Although there have been calls to change or improve certain aspects of the way gambling is promoted in Canada, it appears that these efforts haven’t really been effective. Other approaches should be considered in the future to better protect Canada’s people from their gambling habits.

Illegal activities are also brought under control in Canada, so the government is making efforts to ban websites without licenses. The government has done this to make online gambling safer for Canadians. 


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Electricity prices: Canada, USA and Australia

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If you’re only used to paying for utilities in one country, you probably have no idea how average prices compare with what consumers pay in other parts of the world.

There are all sorts of variables involved, of course, but it’s interesting to get a broad understanding of the state of play in a handful of major nations. So to that end, let’s explore electricity costs in Canada, the US and Australia.


With record gas prices still being recorded, switching to an electric vehicle has never seemed more attractive to US consumers. But if you were to make the leap, would the price of domestic power be a prohibitive factor?

 Well, across the OECD countries, the average electricity price sits at just over 24 cents for a kilowatt hour (kwh) of energy. In America, the residential average is just under 14 cents per kwh.

This is impressively low, and comes in spite of the fact that there has actually been a 4.3 percent annual increase in typical costs.


Some see Canada as holding the key to energy stability. With its ample natural resources and smaller population, it follows in the footsteps of the US by enjoying cheaper than average electricity.

For 2020, Canada’s kwh costs were pegged at around 18 cents. Again, this represents a rise from the previous year, following the general upward trend in power generation expenses globally.


As a country the size of a continent, with a modest population, Australia has more in common with Canada than the US in many ways.

This is reflected in its electricity market, where competition between energy companies is significant enough to ensure that consumers have access to below average prices for power.

The most recent available stats place Australia’s averages at 19.21 cents per kwh. Interestingly this actually represents the lowest level of pricing seen in the past eight years, which suggests that Australia is actually bucking the trend of the price rises seen elsewhere.

Understanding the factors at play

Now that you have an idea of how much variation there is in electricity costs between three developed, progressive Western nations, it’s worth unpacking what can cause these differences, and what other factors are at play.

First, there’s the part played by the government in terms of taxing the different types of power that are available. In Australia, for example, around a tenth of the total costs that’s passed onto consumers is used to fund environmental programs and counteract the damage done by energy sources still powered by fossil fuels.

Then there’s the cost of actually getting the electricity to the consumer. Australia’s large size and dispersed population mean that building and maintaining the network accounts for almost half the cost of provision. Meanwhile in the US, where there are more than ten times the number of people, the economies of scale make the provision of power more affordable on a per customer basis.

Finally there’s the factor of resources. Whenever a nation needs to import the fuel required to generate electricity, rather than being able to source it closer to home, prices will be higher, and also more susceptible to fluctuations on the global stage.

Final thoughts

For the time being the US is home to cheaper electricity costs than Canada or Australia, but if price rises continue apace then America might eventually overtake its neighbor to the north, and also eclipse its ally in the southern hemisphere.

Consumers in all countries should keep a keen eye on energy prices where they live, and aim to switch to the best value deals from providers where possible.


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4 Appropriate Types of Flowers to Send to Someone in the Hospitals

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It just might be that nothing is more uplifting to a sick patient than a get well soon note. Sometimes all one needs to get better is a gift that literally tells them, “Hey, you can beat this” or “we need you, get out of that hospital bed” And if your guess is as good as anyone’s, a bouquet of flowers can work magic at this!

However, not all flowers may be appropriate for use as a get-well-fast gift. If someone you love is hospitalized and you want to help them get well, here are some types of flowers you can consider.

Sending Flowers to Hospitals 

If you have to send flowers to a hospital, this could mean a few things. Perhaps you’re unable to deliver them personally to your ill loved one. Maybe you’re abroad at the moment, but you want to support someone you know (or don’t know) to get well soon.

Whether you choose to send the flowers through a courier or flower delivery service, it pays to do the following:

  • Find out if the hospital accepts flower deliveries
  • Know the hospital’s preferred delivery times for floral gifts
  • Make sure to get the recipient’s name, medical facility address, and hospital room number right
  • Send the right flowers

What To Consider When Choosing Get-Well-Soon Flowers 

Quick recovery flowers should help brighten up the sick person’s day. They should be timed right as well. They shouldn’t be too small or too large. The color shouldn’t be tied to any bad memories or traumatic events that the recipient may have experienced.

Most importantly, you will want to consider picking flowers that won’t cause any harm to the recipient/s, especially those with a history of allergies to pollen. 

This makes it important to consider things like:

  • Flower type and size
  • Flower color (with preference for bright flowers)
  • Allergy-free flowers

Some Appropriate Flower Options to Send to A Sick Person 

If a person known to you has been hospitalized, you’ll want to send blooms that will make them feel special, loved, and supported. And of course, there are so many different types of flowers out there, some of which a sick person would find alluring.

Here are some that might even help an ill person get out of the hospital sooner than everyone thought.

1. Irises 

Irises are some of the most popular and beautiful flowers to send to a hospitalized person. The flower is a symbol of rebirth and renewal, making it a powerful and uplifting get-well-soon gift.

2. Daisies 

As you may already know, being hospitalized is no joke. Daisies are commonly used as a heart sign to express feelings of sympathy for a sick person. Some people love daisies because they are soft and very sweet and look amazing on all occasions.

There’s a big chance your recipient will feel energetic and loved, enough to get out of that hospital bed once they receive some daisies from you.

3. Tulips 

Tulips are loved and admired for being vibrant and beautiful. Many people think tulips represent true love and friendship, so some people take this as a symbol that the love in their lives is with them even when they’re sick. So, this is definitely a great get-well-soon gift to send to a hospitalized person.

4. White Roses 

People adore white roses, so it’s not surprising that some will even do anything to get their hands on one. They’re often a symbol of hope and good health, making them a great option when you want someone ill to feel special.

And besides being available in a wide range of different colors, you can order roses online these days, and have them delivered right where the sick recipient is situated.

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