Maclean’s Magazine: Ridicule flung at The Beer Store

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, … Read more

Toronto Star: Let Ontarians buy beer in corner stores

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 … Read more

Ontario won’t close door on c-store alcohol sales

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa isn’t ruling out the sale of alcohol in convenience stores.  Asked repeatedly whether he’d allow convenience stores to sell booze, Sousa wouldn’t close the door to the change, which the governing Liberals have repeatedly rebuffed. The minister says the Liquor Control Board of Ontario is expanding its reach into grocery … Read more

Economic Study: Competition a boost to gov’t revenue

Study shows Ontario government could earn higher profits by allowing competition to government-run LCBO and foreign-owned Beer Store Keeping LCBO and Beer Store, but increasing competition for consumers grows LCBO profits and creates opportunities for more government revenueTORONTO, June 24, 2013 /CNW/ – A new economic study suggests that expanding the current retailing system beyond the LCBO, … Read more