|The Ontario government is expected to introduce a new legislation today that will ban advertisements of illegal Internet gambling websites, and force media companies to scrupulously monitor their advertisers to ensure that no indirect links are to be found in their campaigns. |
Paul de Zara, a spokesman for Ontario's Minister of Government Services, Gerry Phillips, said in a statement that the legislation will not prevent the advertising of free poker sites however those with links to illegal betting sites will be affected.
Mr de Zara continued, “Because the province doesn't have the power to actually shut down the websites; that would have to be done by the federal government under the criminal code, the best it can do is ban the advertising.”
However, lawyer Danielle Bush claimed that the legislation would be difficult to enforce given that the legal status of gambling websites is not absolutely clear. “While operating a betting site in Canada is illegal, there is nothing in the criminal code that says it is illegal for an individual to place bets online,” she said.
'Also Media companies are going to have to examine every ad that they carry and start looking with a microscope at the website address to decide whether or not it links to an illegal gaming site. That sounds impossible to me.'