403,412 Ontarians say it’s time The Beer Store had some competition

403,412 Ontarians say it’s time The Beer Store had some competition

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403,412 Ontarians say it’s time The Beer Store had some competition and voice support for beer in convenience stores www.freeourbeer.ca petition unveiled in Toronto is the largest in Ontario history April 23, 2014 – Toronto – Amid a “fear mongering” ad blitz launched by The Beer Store to protect its near-monopoly on beer sales in Ontario, The Ontario Convenience Stores Association unveiled an unprecedented show of public support for modernizing Ontario’s outdated alcohol retailing laws with a 403,412 name petition signed by Ontarians from communities across the province. It is the largest single signed petition ever collected in Ontario and the second-largest in Canada.  The petition calls on the Ontario Legislature to broaden Ontario’s current alcohol retailing system to include convenience stores, in particular to allow competition with the foreign-owned…
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Craft Brews Belong in Corner Stores

Craft Brews Belong in Corner Stores

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NEWS ON BREWS: CRAFT BREWS BELONG IN CORNER STORES Ottawa Citizen By Vito Pilieci Another week has passed and the Ontario government has passed on another opportunity to modernize the draconian way in which the province deals with alcohol sales. Premier Kathleen Wynne came out swinging last Tuesday, shooting down any chance that liquor laws would be loosened to give consumers more choice about where to buy their booze. Wynne was responding to a formal request by the Ontario Convenience Store Association, which represents such retailers as Mac’s Convenience Stores, Petro Canada and Canadian Tire. The association has once more launched a submission to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to modernize the province’s liquor laws. It argues that corner stores would offer a more convenient location for booze sales…
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Convenience stores best at checking for age

Convenience stores best at checking for age

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An independent study of LCBO, The Beer Store and convenience stores has shown that the LCBO fares poorly when it comes to checking minors for age.  The study, conducted by independent research firm Statopex Field Marketing on behalf of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, used two groups of secret shoppers, minors aged 15-18 and young adults aged 19-24, to randomly test retailers on how well they check for age. “Using professionally trained secret shopping candidates, we investigated how well each of the LCBO, The Beer Store and chain convenience stores checked for age in locations all around Ontario,” said Jeff Wright, Executive Vice President, Statopex Field Marketing.  “Based on a trusted and proven secret shopping methodology, this study revealed that convenience stores test best when checking for age, followed by…
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It’s time for more convenience in Ontario alcohol retailing

It’s time for more convenience in Ontario alcohol retailing

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Ontario is a modern, responsible society, but our alcohol retailing system is largely a product of the 1920′s when it was established. In fact, when the government-run LCBO and the now foreign-owned Beer Store duopoly was established, it was the same era as when Al Capone and his Chicago gang were in their prime. Time and society have moved forward, but Ontario still lags in providing the kind of convenient alcohol retailing system responsible Ontario adults are asking for. A majority of people in Ontario agree – it is time to broaden the system.  Let’s modestly expand Ontario beer and wine retailing so that established, responsible community retailers can give hard-working people in Ontario what they’re asking for. Please take a moment to make your voice heard. Sign our petition,…
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Fast Facts: Did you know?

Fast Facts: Did you know?

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› A majority of people in Ontario want the ability to buy beer and wine in convenience stores. › Convenience stores are as good or better at age checks than the government-run LCBO or the foreign-owned Beer Store. › The Ontario Government already does criminal background checks and detailed financial checks on 10,000 Ontario convenience stores to ensure they’re reputable and responsible retailers.
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