The Beer Store’s secret sweetheart deal with LCBO revealed

The Beer Store’s secret sweetheart deal with LCBO revealed

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The Toronto Star reveals the secret deal between The Beer Store and the Ontario government that restricts competition and keeps the foreign-owned beer retailer with a firm grip on Ontario's beer drinkers. Thanks to a whistleblower, we now have the secret details of how Ontarians are being hosed by The Beer Store with the wilful involvement of elected officials. Before stocking up for the holidays, you can read why the province remains captive of a private quasi-monopoly in beer retailing that bankrolls the richest, toughest political lobby in the province. A still-confidential operating agreement lays bare the foundations of an inglorious cash grab that the big foreign-owned brewers who run The Beer Store don’t want you to know about. And what the government-owned LCBO is too embarrassed to show you.…
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The Beer Store earns up to $630 million/year in extra profits

The Beer Store earns up to $630 million/year in extra profits

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CD Howe Institute: Lack of competition in Ontario allows The Beer Store to earn as much as $630 million/year in extra profits Report calls for more competition in alcohol retailing from private firms – including convenience stores August 20, 2014 – Oakville, Ontario – The CD Howe Institute report released today highlights benefit the Ontario government could gain not only in the form of increased revenue, but also from more choice and convenience for consumers. Ontario’s convenience stores are a strong partner of government, selling 75% of all lottery tickets, and also operating many of Ontario’s 219 LCBO Agency Stores, where we sell alcohol (beer, wine and spirits) in communities throughout the province. “Make no mistake about it – modernizing Ontario’s alcohol retailing system can be done within the framework…
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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery supports FreeOurBeer.ca!

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery supports FreeOurBeer.ca!

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Flying Monkeys Supports Convenience Store Beer Sales! TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery Pledges Support For Beer Sales in Convenience Stores BARRIE, ONTARIO. As the outcry for “free and open” competition in alcohol retailing escalates, the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery supports the Ontario Convenience Store Association’s bid to see beer sold at your local corner store. Why are the Flying Monkeys supporting the Ontario Convenience Store Association? Peter Chiodo, Founder and Artisan brewer at Flying Monkeys explains, “We support the freedom for any beer retailer wishing to compete in the marketplace. When 80% of all the beer in this province is unfairly funneled through one foreign-owned beer-retailing cartel without any government oversight or transparency, we as Ontarians have a problem. No retailer should be prevented…
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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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Premier Wynne: It’s time for some adult supervision of The Beer Store

Premier Wynne: It’s time for some adult supervision of The Beer Store

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April 17, 2014 Premier Kathleen Wynne, premier@ontario.ca Premier Wynne: It’s time for some adult supervision of The Beer Store Dear Premier Wynne, There’s a healthy debate ongoing in Ontario about modernizing our 87 year-old system of alcohol retailing.  That’s a good thing. Debate about public policy issues that are important to Ontarians should be welcomed. In this case, both sides have had the opportunity to discuss the issues and we know that 70% or more of Ontarians want to see reform. But we’ve now seen The Beer Store, the foreign-owned legislated near-monopoly on beer sales that the Ontario government permits, running US-style attack campaign ads against Ontario businesses – ads that feature a fiction so detached from the reality of how the responsible community convenience store retailers operate, it’s laughable. …
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Fear and loathing by The Beer Store

Fear and loathing by The Beer Store

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Fear and loathing by The Beer Store Jerry Agar - Toronto Sun Faced with the tiniest bit of competition, The Beer Store is in full-tilt, spin-control, propaganda mode. The great fear for a monopoly is not that it might lose 1% of market share, but that through that small window into the marketplace, customers might see something better, even desirable. For example, that more convenience and higher quality at cheaper prices might be possible. The first move came from the Ontario Liberals when they recently announced a plan to set up LCBO “Express” kiosks in up to 10 major grocery stores as a pilot project. They will operate on LCBO hours, not the hours of the store they’re in, so alcohol sales will be slightly more convenient for the few…
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Beer Store attack ad spectacularly backfires

Beer Store attack ad spectacularly backfires

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The Beer Store's latest ad attacking Ontario convenience stores is a doozy. The National Post summed it up well: But the latest ad, which has been called “fear mongering” and “propaganda” by critics, unleashed a new level of mockery on social media against the Beer Store’s campaign. Full story: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/15/new-beer-store-ad-envisions-dystopian-future-after-its-monopoly-is-broken-is-mocked-on-social-media/
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The indefensibly anachronistic private-monopoly Beer Store

The indefensibly anachronistic private-monopoly Beer Store

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National Post: Chris Selley, Matt Gurney, and NOW’s Jonathan Goldsbie discuss Ontario’s antiquated web of liquor-retail laws here. A funny read. Chris Selley: "I’m more offended by the quasi-monopoly that’s run by the government than by the one that’s run by the three foreign mega-brewers. Because that’s nothing less than proof of concept: The private sector can safely and profitably sell alcohol. Now if only we would allow it to do so conveniently, we’d be in business."  
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Ontario liquor cartel’s myths about Alberta booze

Ontario liquor cartel’s myths about Alberta booze

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Mark Milke, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, punches holes in the logic The Beer Store uses to try and claim competition for beer sales in Ontario will lead to higher prices: "The privatization of all government liquor stores (completed in 1994) led to a dramatic expansion in the number of private sector liquor outlets in Alberta, vastly improved product selection, better customer service, and price-competition while creating thousands of new jobs." Read his full story here: http://www.windsorstar.com/Windsor+restaurateur+launches+Beer+Store+boycott+With+video/9511006/story.html
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The Beer Store’s price claims “extremely misleading”

The Beer Store’s price claims “extremely misleading”

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Steve Lafleur, public policy analyst with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, lays bare how The Beer Store is distorting the facts in an attempt to keep its monopoly: A recent report from The Beer Store claimed that Ontarians would pay $10 more on average per case of beer if convenience stores were permitted to sell them. This is extremely misleading. If the retail monopoly on beer is broken while the wholesale monopoly remains intact, the average purchase price would likely increase since private vendors will have to pay a price dictated by the Beer Store. Consumers paying for the convenience of grabbing a six-pack at the convenience store rather than visiting the Beer Store would drive up the average. That’s a bit like arguing that average food prices would increase if more…
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