In a video message posted on X on Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced the release of the tech tool that allows Ontario residents to locate stores, other than the LCBO, selling alcohol.

“Our new interactive map shows thousands of convenient options where you can still buy beer, wine, spirits and other drinks across the province.”

The release of the map comes days after LCBO workers walked off the job prompting  province-wide closures of the government-run liquor store.  The announcement is stirring up angry reactions from many residents and city officials, who accused Ford of union busting and failing to address pressing socio-economic issues.

“While the Ford government wastes billions of tax dollars, schools need fixing, hospital wait times need attention, cities need support for transit, services & infrastructure, the science centre needs saving and people struggle to make ends meet. Yet, this guy’s priority is beer,” Councillor Josh Matlow wrote on X on Monday.

“You’re using public dollars to break a strike, undermine workers rights and to destroy an agency that generates $2.5 billion for healthcare and other services. But this app looks cute. Why didn’t you use this kind of tech to save lives from COVID19 or to find ERs,” one X user wrote.

“Can I get a map of where I can find emergency clinics that are open?,” another person said.

  • xmunk@sh.itjust.works
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    10 days ago

    Fucking scab. I’m not certain if any unions still back him but they should drop his ass.

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    Ugh I can move anywhere except Ontario. My American brain sees Ford and thinks Ford Motor Company. Thank god BC is Eby

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    Conservatives have been trying to hock the LCBO for years, but couldn’t make the dollars work. Heck, even the Ontario Liberals flirted with it until their accountants told them it was stupid fucking idea.

    Ford, being Ford*, just doesn’t give a shit.

    This will remove billions of government revenue, cripple any succeeding government (because they’ll need to raise taxes or cut services to compensate), enrich the already-wealthy and break a relatively strong union. I mean, there’s zero downsides if you’re a conservative.

    • where “being Ford” means being a short-sighted, corrupt piece of shit.
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    The Canadian provincial government liquor monopoly needs to go but it needs to happen over a number of years to ease into it.

    Every other civilized nation lets you buy in regular stores.

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      Using LCBO profits to fund public services rather than CEOs from grocery stores, I think, is better for the province.

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        Alcohol is an unhealthy vice, I would rather my $80 in craft beer goes healthcare than Loblaws.

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        What about buying directly from the brewery or distillery? I haven’t been to the LCBO since they made deliver from online sales legal. It’s cheaper, more convenient, fresher product, and directly supports a local business.

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      like you said you’d have to ease into like a old man getting into a warm tub. problem is our province has relied way too much on the money coming in from the LCBO to fund…well…almost everything.

      So you have a backwards ass thing (the lcbo) but we sadly need it for makes sweeping hand motion across the province the stuff.

      but fuck me I mean it’s Ontario, everything done here is ass backwards.