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

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End of Liquor Permits

In 1962 the Board reached the decision to "eliminate the individual liquor permit” entirely, as it remained “a source of irritation and annoyance to many purchasers" as well as a point to which resistance continued to manifest itself (Annual Report of the LCBO 1961-1962, 1963: 5). In their Annual Report to the province for the 1961-1962 year, the Board reported that:

the control over the sale of liquor which the permit system provided was retained by providing for a penalty for making a false declaration on the purchase order form, rather than on the permit, as formerly. This charge has proven to be a most satisfactory in practice. Our experience has indicated that many minors are being deterred from making purchases because they hesitate risking the incurrence of a penalty at each attempt to purchase liquor. Our store employees have continued to maintain vigilance against purchases by minors and by those on the interdicted list. They cooperate closely with local authorities in these matters (Ibid: 5).

From this point in 1962 the Board relied solely on their “Purchase Order Forms” to review questionable purchases, consumption and sales, until they too were discontinued when stores became self-serve and liquor appeared on the shelves in the 1970s and 1980s.


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