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LCBO celebrates 60 years

The Story

Sixty years after it was founded to limit public access to booze, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario has become the world's largest purchaser of alcohol. In 1987 the agency is opening new Vintages wine boutiques and training employees in wine appreciation - a step into the 20th century, says an observer. In this CBC-TV news clip, Steve Paikin lists the recent scandals and successes of the LCBO. 

Medium: Television
Program: CBC News
Broadcast Date: June 1, 1987
Guest(s): Jack Ackroyd, Tony Aspler
Reporter: Steve Paikin
Duration: 4:04

Did You know?

• The LCBO opened its doors on June 1, 1927, with 86 stores, three mail-order outlets and four warehouses. Six months later, Ontario logged a budgetary surplus for the first time in living memory. Alcohol revenues boosted provincial coffers by $2 million.

  • Among the accomplishments the LCBO touted in its first annual report were: "A marked cutting down of the bootlegging evil ... a decrease if not an elimination in the making of "home brew" with its dangerous poisonous tendencies; and, it is hoped, a real stimulation to temperance in all things by education and home training rather than by prohibiting which does not prohibit."

• In 1934 Ontario allowed the first post-Prohibition beverage rooms to open. In them, drinkers could share a toast and order beer by the glass rather than being compelled to buy in stores and drink at home.





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