TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - As millions of Ontarians venture out to
buy beer, wine and liquor to entertain with this holiday season, some
will think about the potential of making those purchases at a
convenience store or gas station.
Yet new public opinion research1 shows that most Ontarians expect spikes in crime, alcohol abuse, drunk
driving and underage drinking if sales are expanded.
"This is bad news for neighborhoods, bad news for families and bad news
for Ontario," said Robert Edwards, President of UFCW Local 12R24, the
Beer Store workers union.
Police share concerns about convenience store and gas station sales.
Last week a report2 by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) showed that only
1.2% of students in grades 7-12 said they bought beer at The Beer
Store; but 15.6 per cent of those students reported they purchase
cigarettes at convenience stores and gas stations.
Ontario Provincial Police Association President Jim Christie said there
is ample evidence3 in the U.S. demonstrating that when the number of retail outlets
selling alcohol increases, violence and crime increases
"We support the current system which controls the sale and distribution
of beer and liquor in the province of Ontario. The robust checks and
balances which exist, serve the people of this province well," Christie
The survey also showed that 81 per cent of Ontarians feel there is
already enough retail access to alcohol in the province and 85 per cent
were satisfied with the current selection of brands in those outlets.
1 See attached Backgrounder
2 CAMH http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1278179/is-smoking-cannabis-and-driving-the-new-drinking-and-driving
3 See attached Backgrounder
PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2013/12/19/20131219_C5714_DOC_EN_35164.pdf
For further information:
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