News from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
LINE March 1998
From the News Flash -
Chair... AGCO up and running
are moving all staff
Writing us?Both the LLBO
tarting February 23, 1998, the
Liquor Licence Board of Ontario from the LLBO
(LLBO) and Ontario Gaming office at 55 Lake and OGCC
Commission (OGCC) will no longer Shore Blvd. E., and mailing
exist. However, for LLBO and OGCC from the OGCC addresses will
client groups, it will be “business as offices at 1099 Bay change in April
usual” except that it will be provided St. and 1075 Bay St. when we move
under another name: the Alcohol and to 20 Dundas St. W. staff together to
Gaming Commission of Ontario Our reception desk a new location.
(AGCO). will be located on If you mail
Please be assured that all the the 7th floor of the anything to our “old” address, it will
services that were formerly provided Atrium on Bay, at still be either picked up or
O n behalf of my colleagues on will continue. The same holds true for
the board of directors of the any policies, rules and regulations.
Alcohol and Gaming Commission Later on some procedures may change
Yonge and Dundas,
forwarded for an interim period.
Help it to get to us faster by
Toronto. Office hours are from 8:30 addressing any mail to our new
of Ontario, and myself, I am as we integrate the services, but a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, address starting around mid-April.
pleased to speak for our new anyone who is affected will be except holidays. Our new address is:
agency. We appreciate your advised. It is our intention to always This location has a direct link to [NAME]
concerns for uninterrupted service keep you well informed. TTC’s Dundas station on the Yonge [XYZ] DEPT
during transition and will strive to Anyone contacting the AGCO subway line, making it easy for both AGCO
meet your needs. Thank you for for both liquor and gaming issues will staff and customers to reach by public 20 DUNDAS ST W STE 800
your patience. have “one-stop-shopping” once the transit. TORONTO ON M5G 2N6
The board is most grateful to staff are physically located together. Starting at the end of March and
all members of staff for their continuing until the end of April, staff
dedication during the continuing
In planning for this
amalgamation, we have tried to make will be moving to the new location. In
period of stressful change which it as easy as possible for our clients an effort to make the transition as Our new address is:
necessarily accompanies such a and made every effort to work from smooth as possible, we have scheduled email@example.com for general
complex merger as that of the that perspective when implementing the moves to occur over five weekends AGCO enquiries.
Liquor Licence Board (LLBO) and the transition. We hope that we have and will be making every effort to
the Gaming Control Commission succeeded, but would welcome your keep any disruption to a minimum. Checking our website?
(OGCC). We are particularly enquiries should you have any However, should something go awry,
indebted to Duncan Brown, questions. we may need your patience and
understanding,but it is our intention to Instead of the
formerly the Executive Director of current
the OGCC who now is Registrar Telephoning us? continue to serve you throughout this
of Alcohol and Gaming and period.
Continue to call us at the Depending on the nature of your ca], look for us at
C.E.O., and Barry Tocher, former [http://www.agco.on.ca]. But if you
Executive Director of the LLBO, “old telephone number” visit, you may want to call one of
unless you are otherwise these numbers before making your forget our new site address, there
who is now Director of Licensing will be a pointer from the LLBO
and Registration of the AGCO. advised. See the “Let trip:
your fingers do the walking” story for • Gaming office, (416) 326-8700 or site.
They have each most effectively
shepherded our former two a handy list of numbers. 1-800-522-2876.
• Hearings, (416) 326-0366 The AGCO will be able to
agencies and worked together in
creating the merger. Visiting us? • Inspections, (416) 326-0330 provide one-stop-shopping for all
your liquor licencing and gaming
We are mindful of the If you plan to visit our offices in late • Liquor Licensing and Permits,
(416) 326-0450 service needs at our new location!
demands we will all face as we March or some time in April, call first ❏
join two important agencies, and to confirm the location because we
are committed to providing
effective and efficient service to
the public and to our many and
Building the new AGCO
diverse clients in the liquor and
gaming industries. The board will
be reviewing our hearing
procedures as we integrate liquor
and gaming hearings, and seeking
anyone who missed any of the earlier statues related to liquor and gaming.
means to resolve disputes earlier, ess than two years after former
when possible to expedite Consumer and Commercial articles and for our new readers. This Bill creates a new act titled
hearings, and provide independent Relations Minister, the Alcohol, Gaming and Charity
timely decisions to the parties who Norman W. Sterling, tabled Bill 75 Funding Public Interest Act, 1996.
legislation in the House to merge the On June 13, 1996, the Minister The act amends the Liquor Control
appear before us.
Liquor Licence Board of Ontario tabled Bill 75 to merge the LLBO Act, the Liquor Licence Act, the
I have previously invited your
(LLBO) with the Ontario Gaming with the OGCC into the AGCO. Gaming Control Act, 1992, the
comments and suggestions on our Bill 75 requires ensuring the Ontario Casino Corporation Act,
service, and am again seeking your Control Commission (OGCC), the
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of regulation of alcohol and gaming in 1993, and the Ontario Lottery
views and assistance as we begin the public interest with honesty and Corporation Act.
our new mandate. Ontario (AGCO) is up and running.
Although Licence Line did integrity and social responsibility, the Bill 75 was passed in late 1996.
cover the creation of the new agency funding of charities through the On February 6, 1997, several
in previous issues, we are recapping responsible management of video sections of Bill 75 were proclaimed.
Clare Lewis and updating the information for lotteries and the amending of certain these sections included provisions
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AGCO Board of Directors
From left to right. Back row: Reva Devins, Mark Poudrier, John Rossetti, Randy Barber, Joel Kuchar, John McCombie and Kirsti Hunt.
Front row: Lynn Lightfoot, Clare Lewis, Anne Guillemette and Stephanie Ball.
O n December 16, 1997, Clare Lewis was reappointed to a three year term
as Chair of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
His reappointment, which becomes effective on April 25, 1998, will provide
the AGCO with a continuity of leadership during this most critical
challenging time. Temporary
Extension of a
Mr. Lewis has concurrently held the position of Chair of the Ontario
Gaming Control Commission (OGCC) and Chair of the Liquor Licence
Board of Ontario (LLBO) since the end of 1995 and has been Chair of the
OGCC since April 1994. Both agencies have benefitted enormously from his
extensive legal experience as defence counsel, prosecutor, judge of the
Provincial Court (Criminal Division) and Public Complaints Commissioner.
He has said that the AGCO will continue to focus on providing The completed application must
arge community events or
excellence in customer service and be attentive to the needs of its client
special celebrations are reach the AGCO Inspections
groups. He has created an open door policy by welcoming comments and
sometimes held using a Department 60 days before the start
ideas from licensees.
Joining Mr. Lewis on the AGCO Board of Directors are 10 part-time Temporary Extension of a Liquor date of the event.
members who have been each appointed by Order-in-Council. Licence. An establishment with a If the event is to be held outdoors
See the following summary for a brief description of our Board liquor sales licence applies and asks or it involves the closure of a street,
members. the AGCO to consider its request to the application must be accompanied
Claire Lewis, Q.C. Chair, Toronto extend the existing licensed area to by a non-objection letter from the
Chair of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario include an adjacent area currently not Municipal Clerk’s office.
shown on the licence. On the back of the application
G.R. (Randy) Barber, Vice-Chair, Thornhill
businessman, hotel and banking industries, and municipal councillor This winter we approved a form, there must be a detailed sketch
Temporary Extension for spectators of which shows: 1) the dimensions of the
Joel Kuchar, Vice-Chair, Thornhill a snowmobiling event for the enclosed area where alcohol and food
Barrister and Solicitor Eganville Snowdrifters Club, but more will be sold and consumed; 2) the
John Rossetti, Vice-Chair, Woodbridge typically we get the bulk of the location of the area in relation to the
partner, G.G. Cunningham & Associates chartered accountants requests for events during warmer licenced premises; 3) a fence of
weather. Last summer, we approved a enclosure which must be 42 inches
Stephanie Dian Ball, Member, Whitby (1.06 m) high surrounding the area for
Temporary Extension for several
lawyer, Legal Clinic executive director
restaurants on Preston Street in liquor consumption; and 4) a letter of
Reva Devins, Member, Toronto Ottawa for their Italian Week in June approval from the property
lawyer, member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and for a Molson Indy event in July at owner/landlord of the proposed
Anne Guillemette, Member, Welland, Wayne Gretsky’s at 99 Blue Jays Way extension area (if rented or leased).
general manager in the hospitality industry, bilingual in Toronto. In addition, the applicant must
Temporary extensions may be notify the local Police, Fire, Health
Kirsti Hunt, Member, Sudbury and Building officials in writing 30
approved for a period which ranges
educator, bilingual days before the event, describing the
from just one day up to a maximum of
Dr. Lynn Lightfoot, Member, Oakville 14 days. nature of the event, and showing the
psychologist, private practice, with emphasis on treatment of addiction Application forms for the start and finish times and estimated
John McCombie, Member, Nepean Temporary Extension of Liquor attendance for each day.
retired senior officer, Ottawa/Carleton Regional Police Licence are available from the AGCO Once all approvals are given and
Inspections Department or, if you have a Temporary Extension is issued, the
Mark Poudrier, Member, North Bay
access to the Internet, you can licensee is responsible for ensuring
president of Try-Help consulting firm dealing with health care education in
download it from our website that the event is operated in
(http://www.agco.on.ca). compliance with the Liquor Licence
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important for you to be aware of
(continued from page 1)
the new sections which have been
for the establishment of the new
commission and for the Highlights:
appointment of its Board of • The AGCO is responsible for
Directors. Among other duties, the
new Board of Directors were
required to establish job
the administration of the Liquor
Licence Act, the Gaming
Control Act, 1992 and the Wine
categories, salary ranges and the Content Act.
terms and conditions of
employment for staff of the • The Registrar of Alcohol and
Licensing and Registration
AGCO. Gaming assumes the duties now
A month later, on March 6, exercised by the Registrar of Legal
1997, additional sections of Bill 75 Gaming Control, the director of
were proclaimed. Three sections Gaming Control and the
were relevant to liquor licensing. licensing-type powers now Business Management
Board of CEO/
This included the “salting the exercised by members or
Directors Executive Inspections
earth” provision which gave the employees of the LLBO. Director
LLBO power to prevent, for up to Human Resources
two years, a liquor licence • Under the notice provision, it is
application at premises where a now officially acceptable for the Finance and Administration
licence has been revoked on public AGCO to give “notice” by Information Technology
interest grounds. It also stopped sending a fax transmission to
the transfer or a licence where the person’s last known fax Electronic Gaming
there was an outstanding Notice of number.
Proposal to suspend or revoke the
licence. The LLBO was also given • The process for setting fees has
the authority to suspend or revoke been changed from a regulation Let your fingers do the walking
a liquor licence if a person who is process with the board of the
under 19 years of age is found AGCO establishing fees and
playing, or with access to, video
lotteries in a licensed
then obtaining approval from
the Minister of Consumer and
R ecognizing that a name change and a move is complicated enough without
compounding it with telephone number changes, we have tried to keep as many
of the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario (LLBO) and Ontario Gaming Control
establishment. Commercial Relations.
Commission (OGCC) telephone numbers as we could for the new Alcohol and
Final sections of Bill 75 • The gaming-related appeal Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) office at 20 Dundas Street West.
On February 22, 1998 we hearings function of the In most cases, the old number that you called for information for a specific
became the Alcohol and Gaming Commercial Registration gaming or liquor licencing service will still be the same one to call at the AGCO. In
Commission of Ontario. Both the Appeal Tribunal under the some cases where we could not avoid it, fax numbers were changed because of the
Liquor Licence Board of Ontario Gaming Control Act, 1992 is reorganization.
and the Ontario Gaming Control now the responsibility of the
Commission have been dissolved. board of the AGCO. AGCO Telephone Numbers
Now there is only one board and
one senior management team. • Although the LLBO and the Business Management Development (416) 326-0311
All remaining sections of Bill OGCC no longer exist, both the Customer Service/General Enquiries (416) 326-0450
75 have been proclaimed and came Liquor Licence Act and the Toll-free in Ontario 1-800-522-2876
into effect on February 22, 1998. Gaming Control Act remain as Finance and Administration (416) 325-0428
These sections of the stand-alone pieces of Hearings (416) 326-0366
amalgamation statute allow the legislation. Human Resources (416) 326-0325
new board and commission to Inspections (liquor & gaming) (416) 326-0330
assume full responsibility for the • All references in the Liquor Investigations (gaming) (416) 326-8425
Legal • Liquor (416) 326-0360
administration of the Liquor Licence Act and the Gaming
• Gaming (416) 326-8280
Licence Act, the Wine Content Act, Control Act to the LLBO, Licence Line (newsletter) (416) 326-0422
the Alcohol and Gaming OGCC Registrar or Director Licensing and Registration
Regulation and Public Protection will be replaced by references to Toll-free in Ontario 1-800-522-2876
Act, 1996 and the regulations made the board of the AGCO or the • Gaming - Break open tickets (416) 326-8700
under those acts. Registrar of Alcohol and • Gaming - Casinos (416) 326-8700
For most licensees, there will Gaming. There are regulations • Gaming - Charitable Registration (416) 326-8700
be little impact except for the assigning powers and duties • Gaming - Charity Gaming Clubs (416) 326-8700
name change on February 22, 1998 exercised by the former bodies • Gaming - Lotteries (licensing & eligibility) (416) 326-8700
and a subsequent address change to the new board and Registrar. • Liquor Advertising (416) 326-0400
in April 1998. However, it is ❏ • Liquor Licensing (416) 326-0450
• Special Occasion Permits (416) 326-0450
& Answers want to apply for a liquor licence
and a gaming licence, everything
Q How does the name
change affect the Liquor Licence
is done at the AGCO. Act? Is the Act still valid?
Q I currently have the LLBO Existing licenses will show that it A The AGCO is now
name painted on my window and was issued by the LLBO and any Q Where will I find the responsible for the Liquor
listed in my menu. Should I now licenses issued after February 22, LLBO website and has the Licence Act and the Gaming
change it to say AGCO? 1998 will be issued by the address changed? Control Act. Yes, the Liquor
A It is not necessary to AGCO. A The name has been change Licence Act and the Gaming
change your window sign or to: http://www.agco.on.ca. Control Act are still valid, subject
menu. The LLBO name is still Q How does the change to However, in order to make it easy to certain amendments.
valid and accepted, but you may the AGCO affect my licence? for those who know our old site ❏
want to change it to AGCO the A It should not affect it except address, there will be a pointer
next time you print menus or that you should recognize and that will direct you to our new
change your window sign. learn the new name. But if you location.
Changes affecting Toronto SOPs
East York, North York, York, applications for a Special Occasion for a SOP may go to any LCBO
B igger may not always be better,
but in this case there definitely
are benefits. On January 1, 1998
Etobicoke and Toronto, it changed
how someone in the new megacity
Permit must be made at an LCBO
issuing store in the municipality
issuing store in the megacity, and not
just the LCBO issuing store nearest
when the new megacity of Toronto applies for a Special Occasion Permit where the event is to take place. Since the event location.
was created by amalgamating the (SOP). the new megacity is recognized as Since some SOP applicants
cities of Scarborough, Under the regulations, one municipality, anyone applying don’t normally go into the area where
they are planning an event, the option
of going to another LCBO issuing
store may make it more convenient.
In those cases, a bigger city makes it
The following establishments were recently brought before the Commission for disciplinary hearings. Suspensions Temporary…
for similar infractions may vary in length according to the specifics of each case. Details about these decisions are (continued from page 2)
now available on QUICKLAW. Act and Regulations, and must
provide light meals for attendees. If
there is a public thoroughfare or
Establishment Infraction related to Suspension
sidewalk which must be crossed to
Lido’s in the Beach, Toronto Liquor sold to person who appeared to be 30 days* reach the temporary extension area,
the area must have a self-contained
Club Galaxy, Windsor Supply liquor to person who appears to be 21 days* bar.
intoxicated, serving minors, failure to inspect Temporary extensions offer
identification, permitting drunkenness
licensees an opportunity to increase
Royal Pataya Thai Restaurant, Toronto Serving minors, obstructing and inspection, failure 21 days* business, but it is important to
to clear, service outside prescribed hours
remember that all the normal rules
Lucky’s Restaurant, Toronto Failure to inspect identification, permitting 21 days* and recommendations for responsible
drunkenness, serving minors service should still be applied. ❏
“Q” Restaurant (The), Toronto Illegal liquor, serving minors, failure to ensure 30 days
supervised operations, failure to ensure no person
allowed to enter behind bar
Lemon Club (The), Toronto Permitting overcrowding 28 days*
Club Academico de Viseu of Toronto, Toronto Illegal liquor 30 days*
Sweet Dream Karaoke Breaching a condition, serving minors, service 28 days Starting March 1, 1998, licensees
outside prescribed hours, failure to clear, failure to will have the option of making their
provide timely access payments using VISA or
J.R.’s Shooter’s, Toronto Permitting drunkenness 24 days MasterCard at LCBO stores or
depots. Contact your LCBO store
Click’s Bar & Grill, London Permitting drunkenness or riotous, quarrelsome, 21 days*
violent or disorderly conduct for details. ❏
Macedonian Nights, North York Allegations of after-hours service, illegal liquor Licence revoked
Four A’s Restaurant (The), Toronto Illegal liquor, permitting drunkenness 14 days* Licence Line
Wimpy’s Diner, Scarborough Illegal liquor 14 days* Licence Line is published quarterly
Rizzo Restaurant, Rexdale Illegal liquor 21 days* by the Alcohol and Gaming
Commission of Ontario to provide
Longlac Pizzeria & Steak House Restaurant, Supplying liquor to apparently intoxicated person, 14 days* licensees and interested parties
Longlac illegal liquor, permitting drunkenness, obstructing with information regarding alcohol
an inspection legislation and related issues.
Cat and the Fiddle Restaurant (The), Cobourg Retail sales tax infractions Licence revoked Reader contributions, letters and
suggestions are welcome.
Bayside Inn, Carnarvon Township, Providence Allegations of retail sales tax infractions (didn’t Licence revoked
Bay contest) This newsletter is distributed in
Red Pepper Bar & Grill (The), Waterloo Allegations of retail sales tax infractions (didn’t Licence revoked conjunction with Foodservice and
contest) Hospitality by Kostuch Publications
Limited. The AGCO does not
Twin Action “K.G.”, Toronto Allegations of after-hours service, intoxication, Licence revoked endorse any views or products
serving minors (didn’t contest) contained in Foodservice and
Back Street Bar & Grill, Toronto Permitting minor to consume liquor, permitting Licence revoked Hospitality or any of its inserts.
liquor to be brought onto premises, failing to
inspect identification, past or present conduct, This newsletter is available free of
public interest charge to all holders of an alcohol
sales licence in Ontario.
R & R Sports Lounge, Manitouwadge Supplying liquor to apparently intoxicated person, Licence revoked
serving minors, permitting drunkenness, Lily Ing, Editor
permitting removal of liquor from premises, Alcohol and Gaming
encouraging immoderate consumption, past Commission of Ontario
conduct 20 Dundas Street West,10th Floor
Cafe Lan Restaurant, Toronto Illegal liquor 21 days* Toronto, ON M5G 2N6
Portuguese Cafe Bar, Toronto Illegal liquor 15 days* Telephone: (416) 326-0422
Wah Too Seafood Restaurant, Toronto Allegations of after-hours service, failure to clear 14 days*
Homestead Manor Restaurant, Woodstock Retail sales tax infractions Licence revoked firstname.lastname@example.org
Kebob Express, North York Obstructing an inspector Licence revoked Internet address:
Ashleys Sports Bar & Grill, Brampton Not financially responsible due to retail sales tax Licence revoked http://www.agco.on.ca
* All managers and servers must take Smart Serve responsible trainer program.