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Ontario municipalities urged to pass resolutions against the sale of alcohol in convenience stores

MADD and others cite harmful societal effects.

Councillor Mary Rose requests Orangeville pass a resolution opposing convenience store alcohol salesORANGEVILLE, ON, November 2, 2011: Writing for the Orangeville Banner, Chris Halliday reports that the debate on whether to allow alcohol sales in convenience stores in Ontario has been reopened. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is relying on an Angus Reid public opinion survey to support the change, while opponents are urging Ontario municipalities to pass a resolution against it.

"Orangeville council may throw its support behind the fight to stop beer and liquor from being sold inside convenience stores.

The OCSA is re-igniting debate on the privatization of beer and wine sales at the provincial level, but Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, the Ontario Public Health Association and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health strongly oppose the movement.

'If you can buy beer and wine in a convenience store in Newfoundland, why can't you buy it in Ontario?' asked Dave Bryans, president of the OCSA. 'We're living in what we call the most archaic alcohol laws...'"

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Posted: November 09, 2011

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