Toronto certainly did not seem to have large liquor stores, in fact no where obvious to get take away wine, in spite of us being in the main tourist area . I had noticed on a map the letters LCBO. Who would have a clue what that is? Even once you know it stands for Liquor Control Board of Ontario, it still does not sound like somewhere to buy alcohol, but that is exactly what it is and thanks to the doorman at the Fairmont Royal York for directing us. For Australians, it was about the size of a supermarket bottle shop. There must have been more than just the one outlet in Toronto, but it was the only one we saw and boy was it busy. I think we can take from that the sale of alcohol is heavily controlled in the province of Ontario. There was a push to free up the sale of alcohol in Ontario, but I am not sure how that has panned out.
A local council here in Greater Melbourne is protesting against a huge large liquor store being built in its newish suburb of Cranbourne East, which is arguably Melbourne's fastest growing suburb. Surely if the area is going to have a large population, why not a large liquor store?
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What about gambling? As an occasional gambler who enjoys shoving a single $5 note into a machine to see what happens, I am not sure that the availability of machines would encourage me to spend more. Pokie machines are put in socially disadvantaged areas, but does that really mean people gamble more? It probably does, otherwise, why would it happen.
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You may well argue differently and I am happy to hear your points, but we made sure we found somewhere to buy alcohol in Toronto, where it was not on every street corner. People will indulge their vices, cigarettes, gambling and alcohol and will go to some effort to indulge. Does a big liquor barn make people drink more? I really don't think so and why shouldn't the folk of Cranbourne East not have access to cheap drinks, as I do in our inner city area?