Anyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to TorontoMike.com. I received the following entry from Anthony.
Bingo is a popular game in Canada. This should come as no surprise, since Canada is a former British colony. While Britons prefer 90 ball bingo games, Canadians prefer the traditional American 75 ball version of the game. There are bingo halls in all of the provinces, and in the far north, there are even radio bingo games played by those in remote and inaccessible locations. Recently, bingo generated a bit of controversy in the province of Ontario.
For 55 years, drive-in bingo games have been a local tradition at the Carp Fairgrounds in Ottawa. Crows of locals gather every Wednesday for the drive in charity bingo games. In Canada, most bingo games are run by various charities. The games are one of the main attractions for Carp, a small community just 10 minutes west of Kanata. Organizer Joyce Trafford said “It’s been a tradition in Carp for 55 years. It’s a family night out.” Unfortunately, an anonymous complaint from a local bluenose to the Alcohol and Gambling Commission of Ontario may put an end to the games. The complaint followed a news story that featured a photo of a child playing bingo. After an investigation by the commission, the province asked the city of Ottawa to remind the game’s organizers of the prohibition against underage gambling.
I haven't played Bingo since I was a kid, but as I recall, there was nothing quite as thrilling as yelling "Bingo!" first.