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OPSEU: follow Manitoba’s lead on alcohol theft

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CBC Toronto is reporting on OPSEU’s demand that Ontario look to Manitoba in a bid to stop the costly and dangerous increase in alcohol thefts from LCBO stores.

“I would hope that perhaps Ontario might follow Manitoba’s lead and really crank up the efforts to stop thefts,” OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas told CBC Toronto.

The Manitoba government recently announced a number of new anti-theft measures, including:

  • adding more security
  • checking ID at entrances
  • making high-value products available by request only
  • scheduling trained “loss prevention officers” during peak hours

Thomas and Denise Davis, chair of OPSEU’s Liquor Board Employees Division, say Ontario is only taking “baby steps” to address the growing problem of alcohol theft.

“There has been a brazen amount of theft going on,” Davis told CBC Toronto. “This is the worst that I’ve ever seen.”