Huffington Post Canada: Time For Canada to Shake its Prohibition Hangover

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Huffington Post Canada: "The Beer Store is another prohibition-era hangover. It is owned and operated by Labatt and Molson (which are now owned by InBev and Interbrew), and has a monopoly on beer sales (excluding sales at the LCBO). Unlike the LCBO, the Beer Store does not have a mandate to keep prices high. But as a monopoly, it has no reason not to. It does abide by minimum price levels, which the government continually raises. The Beer Store monopoly is baffling. The justification for the LCBO is that it generates revenue for the government (albeit, less than would be generated under a private system). There is no reasonable justification offered for the continued monopoly of the now foreign-owned Beer Store."   Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/steve-lafleur/prohibition-ontario_b_1560695.html
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Ontarians want more convenience in alcohol retailing

Ontarians want more convenience in alcohol retailing

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A 2011 Angus Reid Public Opinion study, done on behalf of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, showed that a majority of Ontarians (60%) support expanding the provinces alcohol retailing system to allow beer and wine to be sold by more types of retailers.  Several other Canadian provinces, including Quebec and Newfoundland already offer the convenience of alcohol in convenience stores. The study of 803 potential voters  aged 19+ showed that two-thirds (67%) of Ontarians who had shopped at the LCBO or The Beer store in the 30 days prior to the survey, support private retailers, like convenience stores, selling alcohol like beer and wine.  A majority of Ontarians across all regions also support the idea, with Eastern Ontarians showing the highest level of support (71%). Read more...
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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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