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House of Commons industry committee to discuss investigating Rogers outage

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OTTAWA — The House of Commons industry and technology committee is set to meet today to discuss launching an investigation into the Rogers Communications Inc. outage.

Last Friday’s outage lasted more than 15 hours, affecting mobile and internet users, knocking out ATMs, shutting down the Interac payments system and preventing calls to 911 services in some Canadian cities.

After calling the outage “unacceptable,” Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne directed the country’s major telecom companies to reach agreements on emergency roaming, assisting each other during outages and a communication protocol to better inform Canadians during emergencies.

The telecommunications regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, is also investigating the Rogers outage.

Conservative MP and former industry critic Michelle Rempel Garner wrote to the committee last week requesting it hold an emergency meeting.

The NDP has also called for bringing Rogers, Interac and Champagne to committee.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 15, 2022.

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Wagering Online Using Real Money

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The online casino is a lucrative industry which is the reason why a lot of entrepreneurs ventured out into this type of business in the hope they will also make it to the top.

The digital world is vast and a lot of big businesses these days are going virtual or existing virtually. Some industries have their own platform where their clients can view them and practically order goods and make a payment online and have the goods delivered.

The online casino has a market size of 61.5 billion US dollars during the Statista survey of the online gambling and betting industry worldwide in 2021. The online casino market is expected to rise to 114.40 billion US dollars by 2028.

The Online Casino

The online casino started in 1994 when the software company Microgaming wagered using a personal computer or laptop. During that time the very first offshore licensing jurisdiction Antigua and Barbuda passed the Free Trade and Processing Act which means that they can already give a license to online casinos. In 1995 one year after the online casino was introduced, Cryptologic, another software company from Dublin, Ireland, presented the first virtual wagering platform which accepts real money using the internet.

Ten years later in 2004, Microgaming software company innovated the first mobile casino. This allows bettors to place a bet using their smartphone.

 

Top four (4) reasons for its popularity

  1. Flexibility and Accessibility

Apparently, access to different modern gadgets including smartwatches is one of the best parts of betting online because of its flexibility. The player simply has to download the application and they can start playing and betting conveniently.

 

  1. Various Casino Games

Each casino site has software that consists of 3000 games and ways to play casino games. Each site also purchases more than one gambling software so whether the player prefers to play their chosen game virtually, live, or with other technology live the augmented or virtual reality, surely their online gambling experience is one of the best especially if played using real money online casino.

 

  1. Loads of bonuses and benefits

The online casino offers a more significant Return to Percentage (RTP) which ranges from 90% to 97% depending on the site. Betting online also offers diverse bonuses and lots of promos.

 

  1. The Benefit of Artificial Intelligence and other modern technology

The AI plays a big role in the success of the online casino because it keeps important data and makes an accurate report about the business monthly flow by monitoring the customer’s choice of games and assists the customer service by answering typical queries as long as it is programmed. A chatterbot is also another form of AI which is used during Live Casino which is a form of communication between the player and the live croupier.

 

The use of AR, VR, and Cloud Gaming are forms of modern technology which is beneficial to the player’s gaming lifestyle and are offered by major online casinos.

 

Real Money Casino

A real money casino is an online casino that accepts real cash deposits from the player and gets real cash as well if the player wins. It is prevalent because the players are offered tournaments and other competitions plus the casino site gives bigger prizes and more winnings.

Aside from that, casino sites offer generous bonuses to their existing and new players.

The casino site also offers new games first to the player who availed of the Real Money Casino and a much bigger selection of casino games.

The catch is some casino sites might ask for transaction fees so it is best to inquire about the site’s customer service.

 

Final Insight

Due to the leniency of the real money casino, there is a possibility of losing much money and in other cases getting addicted to it. Moderation and self-control are always the keys in gambling whether land-based or virtual.

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Treasury Board rejects ‘blanket exemption’ idea for official language requirements

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OTTAWA — The Treasury Board is rejecting an idea pitched by some Indigenous public servants to offer “blanket exemptions” so they don’t have to learn both of Canada’s official languages.

A briefing note from last fall released to The Canadian Press under federal Access-to-Information shows senior officials responding to the exemption call coming from some members of the Indigenous Federal Employees Network.

Senior bureaucrats flagged a “growing tension” between Indigenous languages and official languages of French and English for some Indigenous employees. The note says the employees were “strongly asserting a blanket exemption.”

The office of Treasury Board President Mona Fortier said in a statement this week that it’s working with partners to explore options to address barriers public servants face in advancing their careers.

“A blanket exemption from official languages is not one,” it read.

“We will never change the fundamental principle of bilingualism in the public service.”

Under Canadian law, federal institutions must provide services in both languages and offer a bilingual working environment. However, some positions can be classified to allow employees to learn a second language through taking classes.

The requirement to work in French and English has in the past been identified as one of the major barriers faced by Indigenous public servants from advancing in their careers, including to some of the government’s executive roles.

The briefing note listed some of the possible solutions officials discussed to eliminate those barriers including offering Indigenous language training to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous public servants, as well as potential exemptions if someone could speak an Indigenous language.

They suggested designing a pilot in Nunavut where jobs requiring an Inuit language wouldn’t require an employee to be competent in a second official language.

Gina Wilson, a deputy minister and advocate for Indigenous public servants, wrote to colleagues last November saying she believed there was room for exemption, “if the individual speaks an Indigenous language.”

Wilson is now the deputy minister of Indigenous Services Canada. She was the deputy minister for women and gender equality when she wrote the email.

In her email she cited the case of Governor General Mary Simon who is bilingual in Inuktitut and English.

“Then, we have the issue of who assesses the capacity of the Indigenous language speaker, but surely as a pilot we could figure that out,” she wrote.

Officials proposed other ideas, like giving Indigenous employees more time to meet their second language requirement and compensating those who use their Indigenous language skills as part of their job, similar to the annual bonus employees receive who are bilingual.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2022.

 

Stephanie Taylor and Michel Saba, The Canadian Press

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Supreme Court to review mandatory minimum penalty for child luring offence

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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will examine the constitutionality of a minimum sentence for the offence of child luring.

The top court has agreed to review the case of a Quebec man, identified only as H.V., who pleaded guilty to a child luring offence committed in 2017.

He argued the six-month mandatory minimum sentence provided for in s. 172.1(2)(b) of the Criminal Code was unconstitutional, given the Charter of Rights guarantee against cruel or unusual punishment.

The Court of Quebec imposed two years of probation, including 150 hours of community service.

However, the province’s Superior Court sentenced the man to 90 days behind bars, to be served intermittently, as it found the sentence imposed by the trial judge too lenient.

The court also concluded the mandatory minimum sentence was unconstitutional, adding the infringement was not justified under the Charter.

The Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed a challenge by the Crown and provincial attorney general, affirming the sentence and the declaration of invalidity.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2022.

 

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