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Revenue of the British Columbia Land Based Casinos

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The results from the fiscal 2017/2018 show that the gambling industry in British Columbia has achieved a record income. This success is due to the lottery, casino and eGaming sectors in the province. While it is true that all three fields of the gaming industry in British Columbia have contributed immensely to achieving ground-breaking results, the land-based casinos are a major factor in the amazing revenue increase.

It is worth taking a look at the land-based casinos in British Columbia and their revenues since in the fiscal 2014/2015 it has been stated that this province has provided the highest government gambling revenue that has been distributed to non-profit organizations. As mentioned on Vancouver Courier, the City of Vancouver collects $45 million in casino revenue over the last five years.

During that year, over $1 billion of gambling revenue from commercial gambling in British Columbia has contributed to the funding of healthcare, community programs, as well as, education in the province. What is more, in the following years the profits from land-based casinos in British Columbia continue to add to the increase of the gaming revenue of Canada.

Gaming Revenue for 2016/2017

It should be noted that gaming revenue is a bigger profit resource for the province of British Columbia than the fuel tax, the energy royalties, the Liquor Distribution Branch and BC Hydro. What is more, a large portion of the 2016/2107 gaming revenue was distributed to more than 5,000 charity and community organizations. During the fiscal 2016/2017 year, it was the casinos, community gaming and bingo centers that contributed to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s revenue with C$1.9 billion.

This achievement in growth surpasses the revenue contribution of the past fiscal year with up to C$44 million. In the same fiscal year, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation contributed C$1.34 billion worth of net income to the province. It is worth noting that about 75% of this amount is due to the profits of casinos, community gaming and bingo centers. The net income of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation forms about 2.4% of the revenue budget of the province.

Gaming Revenue for 2017/2018

In the financial report for 2017/218, which included the period between April of 2017 and 31 March of 2018, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation has reported the astonishing revenue of C$3.27 billion. This is a record which beats the results of the past fiscal year with up to C$123 million. During the same period, Netent is already licensed to operate in British Columbia and the casino and community gaming division of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation reported whopping record revenue of C$1.95 billion.

This division consists of 19 community centers, 17 casinos and 6 bingo halls. A big part of the revenue increase is due to the profits from slot machines which has reached 7% up to C$1.37 billion. Meanwhile, table games have a smaller contribution of less than 1% up to C$492.7 million.

While the British Columbia sets online gambling revenue record in the first half of the fiscal 2017/2018 year, in the second half it suffered a decrease which is visible in the low contribution of table games. This is due to the increased regulations that were a result of the money laundering scandals which were concerning British Columbia land-based casinos. River Rock Casino was considered to be in the epicenter of the money laundering issues in the province.

Due to the anti-money laundering regulations that have been implemented in the province, there have been serious financial losses in the British Columbia gaming sector. This can be clearly seen with the report of Dundee Corp. for the loss of C$80 million that Parq casino has gone through. Another avid proof for the negative consequences of the anti-money laundering rules is the fall of gaming revenue of British Columbia casinos with 5% in the first half of 2018. These losses are estimated to be around C$6.6 million which is extremely negative for the revenue budget of the province.

Beginning of 2018/2019 Fiscal Year

Despite the drop in gaming revenue that was felt in the second half of 2018, things are definitely looking good for casino bonus sites like bonusinsider.com at the beginning of 2019. As the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. reports, during the first quarter of the fiscal year the gaming revenue reaches C$312 million. These results are surpassing the ones from the previous year with 35%.

Despite the positive results from the first quarter of the year, however, it is expected for the gaming industry to suffer yet another drop due to new anti-money laundry regulations. As it was stated earlier, these changes brought a serious revenue drop during the second half of the previous fiscal year. Unfortunately, it is expected for the gaming industry in British Columbia to endure more losses as there are plans for even tighter regulations that are supposed to prevent money laundering in the province casinos.

At the beginning of 2019, there was also another change in the provincial budget. Thanks to an agreement between British Columbia and First Nations it has been established that 7% of the British Columbia gaming revenue will be shared with First Nations.

This will take effect starting this year and is planned to continue for the next 25 years. During the period of the partnership, it is expected for over C$3 billion to be shared with First Nations and the annual income is estimated to be C$100 million. It is up to First Nations to determine how to use this funding which can be helpful for many fields such as healthcare, housing, protection of the environment, financial development and other sectors.

Until now, this 7% of the gaming revenue was directly attributed to the general revenue and was, later on, distributed for different purposes in the province of British Columbia. Thanks to the newly-accepted agreement, however, this portion of the gaming revenue will now help for the improvement of the infrastructure and environment of First Nations.

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Uber expands ridesharing service to Abbotsford, Aldergrove and all of Langley Townsh

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Uber is expanding its ridesharing service to Abbotsford, Aldergrove and all of Langley Township. Residents across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley now have expanded access to a safe, reliable and affordable transportation alternative at the touch of a button, and drivers will have additional flexible earning opportunities.

Uber has implemented new safety features and policies to keep riders and drivers safe as we navigate this new normal together including:

  • Go Online Checklist: Riders and drivers will confirm safety precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 including a selfie confirmation to ensure drivers are wearing a face mask or cover
  • Driver Screening: Everyone who drives with Uber is screened before their first trip. In addition, Uber reruns these driver screenings every year and uses technology to look for issues in between.
  • 24/7 Safety Support: If you need safety support or assistance, Uber’s dedicated and trained support team is available at all times to provide help
  • Phone Anonymization: Privacy is a top priority at Uber. The Uber app conceals driver and rider phone numbers so they are able to securely call/text each other through the app without revealing their information
  • Emergency Button Access: Both riders and drivers can contact 911 directly from the Uber app and provide a GPS location and trip details with authorities in emergency situations

In addition to these new features and policies, Uber is distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help keep delivery people and drivers safe as they serve their communities. We are sending in-app notifications to active drivers and delivery people in each city – providing guidance on how to request health and safety supplies (screencap below).

Drivers and delivery people can request those supplies and have them shipped directly to their home. So far, more than 55,000 PPE supplies have been distributed in the Lower Mainland.

To see the updated service area map, please visit here.

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How BC Resorts and Hotels are Reopening for Phase Three COVID-19 Restrictions

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BC premier, John Horgan announced the plan for the province to move to phase three of reopening. This phase includes the reopening of hotels, motels, cabins, RV resorts, etc. According to the BC government website, “The accommodation industry was not ordered to close by the Provincial Health Officer.

Many operators closed voluntarily and are now preparing to welcome guests in Phase 3.” Opus Vancouver plans to welcome back customers in August and released the safety changes that have been made to welcome guests back.

Opus Vancouver mentions that guests are required to stand six feet apart from guests who aren’t travelling with them in all areas of the hotel, they have also installed plexi glass screen at the front desks, and the hotel plans to “introduce a contactless check-in and keyless entry program over the coming months.”

As BC’s Centre for Disease Control advises handwashing and hand sanitizing when water is unavailable, OPUS Vancouver plans to provide guests, employees and visitors with hand sanitizer; as well as providing dispensers around the hotel. OPUS Vancouver has also released a detailed explanation in regards to the cleaning of the hotel amenities.

They mentioned limiting the number of guests in the fitness room to one and cleaning up after each guest is finished. The buffet eating will also be halted for the time being “and replaced [with] alternative service styles such as individually plated and served meals, to customized individual grab and go boxes.”

Other hotels in Surrey are assisting customers with their bookings and reservations. Like Sandman Suites Surrey-Guildford mentions their offering of full credits for future bookings until 2021 for all prepaid non-refundable reservations past July 1.

The Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection is also aiding new customer bookings by allowing “reservation to be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before … scheduled arrival date.” This is for reservations “for any future arrival date” and … “reservations with prepaid rates.” According to their website, this is available till July 5.

BC’s phase three reopening also includes travelling within the province so for residents who are planning to visit one of BC’s many beautiful towns and cities, the government has some rules in place. Residents of British Columbia are asked “to be respectful of the communities [they] plan to visit and be safe as [they] enjoy the many beautiful locations across [the] province.”

Visitors from other provinces and territories are also asked to follow the same guidelines in place for British Columbians. The BC government website also includes a list of guidelines for people thinking about traveling this summer. The government asks that residents “consider the health and safety of people in [their] bubble, and whether [they] want to take any extra risks.”

Residents are also asked to follow the safety rules in place. That includes washing of hands, physical distancing, staying in small groups, and cleaning of space. Many RV parks are accepting guests and have put up rules in regards to covid-19. Livingstone RV Park in Langley announced the closing of its office to the public and appointments can be made by calling the number on their website.

They have also closed the showers and washroom to the guests and they ask that guests “have no outside visitors during [their] stay and that [they] maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between [their] camping neighbors until the ban is lifted.”

Other RV parks like Pacific Border RV Park in Surrey, Burnaby Cariboo RV Park and Campground in Burnaby are also open for guests.

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Support Our Surrey (SOS): Team of Justin and Trace

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I’ve seen so many members of our community helping each other out during COVID-19, that it makes my heart swell. I’m so happy to be giving another Support Our Surrey shout-out to longstanding members of our Fraser Valley community – the real estate team of Justin and Trace, from Macdonald Realty.

Justin Glasser and Trace Sowerby have been active realtors in the Fraser Valley for over 15 years. Maybe you’ve seen their friendly faces in the mail? As downtown Surrey began to grow and burgeon approximately 15 years ago, Justin and Trace have not only been growing with the city, but they’ve been growing with many of the young residents and families that call Surrey their home.

During COVID, they’ve used their marketing platform and resources to support and highlight other local businesses in the community, by hosting an Instagram series called QUARANTINE 15 – a “weekly segment updating our community on local business in 15 minutes or less”. You can follow Justin and Trace on Instagram at justin_traceteam to find these segments, as well as here.

Businesses they've featured are:

If you ever get the pleasure of meeting Justin, Trace, or their colleague, Bethany, you’ll know immediately that the care and respect they have for their community and fellow residents, runs deep. It’s their personal care, whether as their clients or someone living in the same community as them, that really make the Justin and Trace Team, shine and standout. Get to know them a bit on Facebook: facebook.com/justinandtracehomes

You can also learn more about the Justin and Trace Team on their official site, here, and be sure to check out the businesses they’ve highlighted so that we can all continue to keep this spirit of community going!

Dear readers: As BC begins to re-open, it’s a great opportunity for business to welcome us back – please reach out to share local businesses that are now open so we can feature them and make sure our community knows how we an Support Our Surrey.

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How Barbershops and Retailers are Welcoming Customers during BC’s Phase Two Re-opening

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Giant Retailers, Hudson Bay and Sephora have opened their doors to customers in Surrey. While both companies spoke about their excitement to welcome back customers, they have also released information on the new store hours and how they plan to enforce safety guidelines and social distancing rules. Sephora released a post which detailed the changes they planned to make to their stores while ensuring the safety of their customers. The company plans to maintain the two metre distancing rule and limit the amount of customers in the store.

The company is also making sure hand sanitizers are made available “at the front entrance and key areas throughout the store” They also plan to “sanitize baskets before giving them to [customers], disinfect products and tools, and clean surfaces every two hours or after every use.”

As the beauty company is known for having testers made available, this will no longer be the case and the company also plans to take the temperature of their staff at the beginning of their shift and in the middle of their shift.

Hudson Bay, another retailer that has opened its doors to residents of Surrey has introduced a way for customers to receive their items in a safe way. The company has introduced curbside pickup. The company mentioned the pickups being ready in “as little as 3 hours”

This is made available everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and when customers arrive, they are asked to remain in their car while an associate helps them load the item. The customer can also “advise” the associate on where to place the item if they do not want it loaded in their car, according to the company. Some other new changes from the store is, allocating Tuesdays for senior shoppers and Thursdays for frontline workers.

Along with other retailers and businesses, Hudson Bay has introduced sanitizers around the stores, increased cleaning, physical distancing, and touchless pay. BC’s second phase of reopening doesn’t include only retail stores. Barbershops and salons are now open to the public with guidelines in place.

Lookin’ Sharp Barbershop is based in Richmond BC, and it recently opened doors to customers. Co owner and founder of the shop, Bebo, spoke about the safety guidelines in place as he and his staff welcome back customers.

“Right now we are not allowing [anyone] without a mask and [we also] have … guidelines and protocols before the client [enters the shop],” says Bebo.

Some of the new guidelines Bebo spoke of was having clients make appointments before their haircuts, as before the pandemic, the shop took walk-ins only.
“We removed all the chairs [in] the waiting area, so there’s no waiting inside the shop,” says Bebo.

“When [a] client comes, they need to wait outside until their scheduled appointment, and [we also] put … a hand sanitizer station [for clients],” says Bebo.

Bebo also mentioned his shop giving out masks to customers who come without one. He spoke about the safety guidelines for his staff, saying they had to wear masks and gloves, and disinfect their whole workstation before and after each client. Bebo also mentioned his shop terminating 80 per cent of their services.

“… Hair [wax], threading, face masks, and facials … are no longer available,” says Bebo. “Basically right now we are only providing the haircuts and hair wash,” he added.

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Uber Connect: Easier than ever to send packages to others

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As we learn to live in the new normal, Uber wants to help you navigate through this new life and make your life a little bit easier. Uber is launching a new product, Uber Connect, to make it easier than ever to send packages, items, and goods to others.

Uber Connect allows users to send packages to others. It’s an affordable same-day contactless delivery solution.

Whether it’s a care package for a loved one, a gift for a friend’s birthday, an item you sold online or an important business document, you can send it by requesting “Uber Connect” through the Uber app. Now you can have the kids create a work of art for Grandma and get it over to her house before dinner.

Matthew Price, General Manager of Uber Canada, said Uber Connect was designed to make it easier for people to deliver things to others and stay connected.

“During this challenging time for Canadians we wanted to create an affordable and quick way for people to send items to each other. This feature minimises the need to travel, while helping people stay connected. We know Canadians want to help each other out and have seen a tremendous sense of community rise up in the recent weeks. By focusing on helping to safely move people and the delivery of items, we want to participate in the collective effort to tame the new normal”.

How it works:

Uber Connect is now available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

  • Package the items in a sealed box or bag, wiping down surfaces with disinfectant.
  • Tell your driver ‘Where to?’ in your Uber app.
  • Choose Uber Connect as the ride (you may have to swipe up for the option).
  • Follow the notifications: You’ll get notifications providing instructions on how to help ensure a smooth pickup and when your driver is arriving, just like a trip with UberX. As you see the car approach in the app, you should head outside and load your item into the car’s trunk.
  • Share the trip status with up to 5 people in your contact list. Unless it’s a surprise gift, one of these should be the recipient so they can easily monitor the delivery’s progress.

Uber Connect is one way for Canadians to move what matters most. As part of Uber’s commitment to Moving What Matters in Canada, Uber has pledged over $6m in free rides, meals, and food deliveries for Canada – providing those to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need.

Starting with organizations like Breakfast Club of Canada, AdvantAGE, CBI Health, BC Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, and Montreal’s Children’s Hospital, it’s our small way of helping during this challenging time.

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