Punched Drunk: Alcohol, Surveillance and the LCBO, 1927-1975

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The Interdiction List (LCBO Action) 1965–75

In 1965 the LCBO formally co-opted the mantle of interdiction, finally legally amalgamating the Interdiction List with the restrictions ordered by judges. Under the amendment to the act: “The Board may, by order of interdiction signed by the Chief Commissioner or the Deputy Chief Commissioner, prohibit any person from purchasing, having, giving or consuming any liquor, and such person who contravenes such order of interdiction is guilty of an offence” (Liquor Control Act 1965, c.58, s.53, emphasis added). Although previous acts had legally distinguished judicial cases of interdiction from LCBO cases of prohibition or cancellation, these legal distinctions were simply removed after the amalgamation.

Reasons Provided for Interdiction 1932–51

Reasons Provided for Interdiction 1932–51

From this point forward the names listed by the Board not only carried no conceptual distinction from those interdicted through judicial action, but were also now no different under the law. This adoption of the “interdiction” label for bureaucratically generated targeted prohibitions remained even after the management of the Interdiction List was passed on to the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario in 1975 (Liquor Licence Act 1975, c.40, s.35).

LCBO Order of Interdiction

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The Interdiction List (LCBO Action) 1965–75
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