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Myths and Facts about modernizing beer sales in Ontario

Feb 9, 2014 1 Comment ›› Editor

Myths and Facts about modernizing beer sales in Ontario What The Beer Store doesn’t want you to know! February 10, 2014 – Toronto – More and more Ontarians are asking for increased competition and convenience in alcohol retailing, as evidenced by a recent Angus Reid survey that indicated almost seven-in-ten Ontarians (69%) want to see more private ...

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

Apr 17, 2014 Comments Off Editor

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 ...

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Fear and loathing by The Beer Store

Apr 16, 2014 Comments Off Editor

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, ...

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Beer Store attack ad spectacularly backfires

Apr 16, 2014 Comments Off Editor

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

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Editor

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. ...

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Ontario liquor cartel’s myths about Alberta booze

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Editor

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 ...

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The Beer Store’s price claims “extremely misleading”

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Editor

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 ...

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Maclean’s Magazine: Ridicule flung at The Beer Store

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Editor

Maclean's Magazine's Colby Cosh takes on the fiction emanating from The Beer Store: "It is encouraging to see so much ridicule being flung at the Beer Store’s “study” defending its role in the Soviet-flavoured Ontario liquor retailing system. The effectiveness of the Beer Store’s white paper depends on its Ontario audience knowing no practical details of freer retail schemes, particularly ...

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Toronto Star: Let Ontarians buy beer in corner stores

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Editor

Once again, the privately owned monopoly called The Beer Store seems to be winning the day with Ontario’s political leaders, even with a vague caveat aimed at appeasing small craft brewers. After telling reporters she has “no intentions of allowing the sale of beer in convenience stores,” Wynne told an online “ask me anything” session this week that ...

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Toronto Star readers really, really don’t like The Beer Store

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Editor

Bitter taste of reader feedback over The Beer Store: Cohn Judging by the head of foam overflowing from my inbox, politicians ignore Ontario’s nasty brew of anti-competitive behaviour at their peril. By: Martin Regg Cohn Provincial Politics, Published on Thu Jan 30 2014 One more kick at the (beer) can: After a couple of holiday columns on The Beer Store, it’s time to ...

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