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Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

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Suburban Detroit
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Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

I recently heard that there is no smoking allowed in any casino in Canada. Is this true? I know the casino in Sarnia, ONT has a $500.00 fine if anyone is caught smoking anywhere, even in the restaurant or lobby area. Casino Windsor has a May 31st, 2006 date the smoking isn't allowed anymore there. Does this hold true in the 2 casinos in Niagara?

Niagara falls,Canada
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11. Re: Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

No Really!!!!!!! You, as americans can do something about this damaging repressive passport plan.

Write your politicians, write a letter to the editor, tell you friends it isn't necessary.

For gosh sakes, you can't even keep the Mexicans from flooding in through your southern border.

What makes you think some nutbar terrorist can't come in through a shipping container (One in a thousand are checked) at your seaports, walking across the unprotected border way out west, getting dropped off the northern USA shore at night in a submarine.

No country is an island.

Forget the fortress america mentality and tell your politicians that you won't live in fear.

Thats what seems to be driving american these days...Fear.

Just watch Fox News with all it's high ALERTS and CRISIS and TERROR headlines.

Don't get sucked in.

Remember us, we're your friends and although we have our problems, we're safer than we've ever been and so are you.

Detroit suburb
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reviews: 2
12. Re: Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

Tourist-Traveller,

I'm fully aware it is a US policy and I do not want to imply that Canada is behind this new rule. It is a shame that it has come down to this. I honestly believe there is more to it than just making sure our borders safe. I have heard that it is somewhat easy to forge a passport, anyway. I would think it would be harder to forge a drivers license AND a birth certif. So why get a passport which, by the way, you need to show a valid driver's license and birth certif. to get the passport??? I think it all comes down to money. At over $100 US funds per passport, that makes some big bucks for the gov. just so Americans can visit their neighbors to the north and vice-versa. I am in agreement with fanofsteelers, the only way I will get a passport is if I have to go overseas.

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13. Re: Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

Tony Stewart in a hypocrate. Go Jeff Gordon Go!

Toronto, Canada
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14. Re: Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

Don't know about the US, but the Canadian Passport Office operates on a cost-recovery basis. Passport fees cover costs of issuing passports and some consular services abroad; any surplus doesn't go back into general government funds.

I can see why driver's licenses and birth certificates are considered a bit of a nightmare -- there are at least 65 varieties of each (counting provinces, states and territories). It's got to be hard to spot a fake with so many different kinds, some of which are pretty flimsy. No, passports aren't forgery-proof -- but border guards can use passport readers to scan them, which gives them more info from a central database.

I agree with franklinda that the change won't offer a real fix to any security concerns... and yet the impact on tourism will be very real. It's sad to see how fear is being manipulated for political gain.

Niagara falls,Canada
posts: 688
15. Re: Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

You know, we should stop this before the now-derailed thread gets deleted.

The point I'm trying to make is this; My whole family works in the tourist industry in one capacity or another.

The whole darned city depends on tourism.

We are frightened.

It's already having an effect; this confusion over passports; whether they'll be postponed; whether it will hurt; how hard will we be hit!?

We know that americans don't want to have to shell out 400 or 500 dollars for an entire family to get passports; and have the hassle of going to get them.

Heck, millions of Canadians will feel the same about it as the motor city poster. They won't go to the USA either.

I just think it's wrong for neighbors to act like this.

Don't let the terrorists win.

Ottawa, Ontario...
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16. Re: Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

I also agree with franklinda's comments. The potential of a passport requirement is already having a deep impact - one key example is that convention business in Canada is plummeting, as North American associations and groups are hesitant to book large conventions for 2008 or 2009 to a destination where up to 90% of their members may have second thoughts of going due to the need to purchase a passport.

For those interested, similar arguements have been made in an article in the Ottawa Citizen, penned by Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Jim Bradley:

…gov.on.ca/english/about/ottawa%20citizen.pdf

Noel

Pittsburgh...
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reviews: 49
17. Re: Canada's law of NO smoking at a casino??

Hopefully the US will go with the ID cards instead of passports. It would seem cheaper and could be valid for several years. I know the Niagara Falls Canada side relies on a lot of their business from US guests, so even though its our government doing this, the whole Niagara area stands to lose a lot of tourism dollars. My wife and I will get whatever we need to continue our annual week in Niagara Falls, but many others won't

Personally I think that the US is worrying about the wrong border.

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