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Mar24'Devastating blow' for spirits sector in Canada Federal Budget
Posted: 3/24/2017 6:01:13 PMSpirits Canada says it is 'shocked and dismayed' at an immediate increase in the federal excise duty for spirits, saying that manufacturers in the country already bear one of the highest tax burdens f...

Posted: 3/24/2017 5:54:47 PMIn late spring 2017, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will begin rolling  out online services in multiple phases and liquor manufacturers will be among the first to benefit.

Mar24USDA Warns Canada-EU Trade Agreement Could Impact US Alcohol Beverage Exports
Posted: 3/24/2017 5:52:28 PMUS exporters of alcohol beverages to Canada will soon face stiffer competition from their European rivals. 

Mar22A quick look at beer drinking in Canada and other industry trends
Posted: 3/22/2017 2:59:59 PMCanada’s craft beer industry is developing rapidly, with the number of licensed breweries having more than doubled from 310 to 644 between 2010 and 2015. A quick look at beer consumption in Canada and...

Mar22Age restrictions on energy drinks? Toronto health board says, yes
Posted: 3/22/2017 2:42:28 PMAfter hearing concerns from parents and health authorities, the City of Toronto is being asked to consider age restrictions on the sale of caffeinated energy drinks.

Mar10Rachelle Gagnon named first woman to lead NB Liquor board
Posted: 3/10/2017 4:38:16 PMRachelle Gagnon, a vice-president at Assumption Life, has been named the new board chair of NB Liquor, the first woman appointed to the position in the Crown corporation's history.

Mar10Recommendations on legalization of marijuana in N.B. expected by fall
Posted: 3/10/2017 9:27:24 AMSenior officials from three provincial government departments and two Crown corporations will “assess the risks associated with the legalization” of marijuana in New Brunswick and recommend the best d...

Mar10New Brunswick announces formation of working group focused on cannabis legalization
Posted: 3/10/2017 9:24:46 AMThe Government of New Brunswick announced the formation of a working group focused on the legalization of cannabis today. The group’s mandate will be to work with federal officials and their colleague...

Dec27Inside Nova Scotia's booming distillery business
Posted: 12/27/2016 11:57:00 AMNova Scotia is fast becoming known for something other than lobster, lighthouses and friendly people. Distillers are conjuring everything from whisky to rum to vodka — and they are being recognized as...

Dec22Saskatoon teens discourage impaired driving on SLGA liquor bags
Posted: 12/22/2016 10:15:23 AM In 2015, Saskatchewan had the highest rate of impaired driving in the country. The province’s impaired driving rates have also declined the least of all the provinces since 1986.

Nov21The LCBO is opening a pop-up ‘bar’ in Toronto that doesn’t serve any alcohol
Posted: 11/21/2016 5:38:00 PMOntario’s monopolistic booze retailer, the LCBO, is hosting a pop-up bar on Toronto’s Queen Street West featuring a popular chef, a DJ flying in from London, England — and absolutely no alcohol.

Nov16Nunavut’s new policy on liquor: reduce the harm
Posted: 11/16/2016 9:23:33 AM As part of its shift from prohibition to harm reduction policies on liquor, the Government of Nunavut has released a 15-point action plan aimed at limiting the grievous harm caused by alcohol consump...

Nov14LCBO taps into startup community for new ideas
Posted: 11/14/2016 3:53:22 PMThe Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the government agency that manages alcohol sales across the province, is tapping into Kitchener-Waterloo's startup community as it seeks to modernize the way it in...

Oct07Spirits on lockdown at LCBO this fall
Posted: 10/7/2016 11:35:16 AM Ontario tipplers of vodka, rum and other spirits take note: a lot of your booze will be on lockdown at LCBO stores starting this fall.

Sep23Analysis: Privatizing liquor sales a net loss (opinion)
Posted: 9/23/2016 10:26:00 AMShould alcohol sales be dominated by a Crown corporation? A new study indicates the answer is yes. 

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