It's just common sense to expect negative outcomes
TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - A group of community-based organizations
came to Queen's Park today to tell MPPs from all three political
parties that when it comes to alcohol sales deregulation, it's just not
worth the risk.
"Our stand against privatization/deregulation goes back to 1994; we
strongly oppose the retailing of beer, wine and alcohol at convenience
stores or gas stations," said arrive alive DRIVE SOBER Executive
Director Anne Leonard.
"I think for most Ontarians this is just common sense. These products
cannot be sold as safely in 15,000 convenience stores and gas stations
as they can be in controlled environments, with trained staff, such as
the LCBO and the Beer Store."
Leonard was joined by a total of three community groups. She spoke at a
press conference along with Gwyn Chapman of Parents 4 Safe Communities,
Matt Evans of Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving, and Carol
Fagan, whose son Ciaran was killed in 2009 in an alcohol-related crash.
Leonard pointed out that Ontario has more than 9 million licensed
drivers and still our roads rank safest in North America almost every
year. Ontario's alcohol-involved fatality rate fell from 439 in 1988 to
129 in 2009, a decrease of 70 per cent; she added "these gains
shouldn't be put at risk".
Press Conference Participants:
Anne Leonard, Executive Director, arrive alive DRIVE SOBER, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-485-4411
Gwyn Chapman, Founder Parents 4 Safe Communities, Gwyn Chapman,
647-471-P4SC (7472), email@example.com
Matt Evans, Executive Director, Ontario Students Against Impaired
Carol Fagan, Fight Against Impaired Driving (FAID)
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SOURCE: arrive alive DRIVE SOBER
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Anne Leonard - firstname.lastname@example.org; 416-485-4411; or via Twitter: @drivesober