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Online alcohol sales in Ontario rose over the holidays LCBO

TORONTO – More Ontario drinkers turned to the Internet to buy wine, beer and spirits over the holidays.The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says its online alcohol sales totalled nearly $2 million between Nov. 6 and Dec. 31, up from $1.7 million over the previous three months.The LCBO says the average number of daily purchases rose to 147 from 80 in those same time periods — an increase of about 84 per cent — and the average amount spent to $227 from $207.The government-owned agency launched its online store in late July, allowing people to people buy from nearly 5,000 products and have them delivered to their home or a local liquor store.Spokeswoman Christine Bujold says the types of alcohol that people purchased online shifted over the holidays, with beer sales dropping and a boost in red wine and spirits.Bujold says other drinks typically associated with the holiday season, such as Baileys Irish Cream, also grew more popular.The agency had anticipated a spike in online sales over the holiday season, she said, adding that ordering from the website is “an opportunity for people to save time.”“People are buying beverage alcohol for their own Christmas celebrations or holiday celebrations, they’re purchasing for gift-giving,” she said.Bujold said the LCBO website will continue to evolve and grow.“We have plans to expand the number of products that are available in the coming months,” she said.In July, the LCBO said its online portal already listed more products than are carried in any of its stores. The agency said at the time that LCBO.com could eventually list up to 16,000 products for sale.There is a $50 minimum for any purchases through LCBO.com and purchases can be delivered to a neighbourhood LCBO store for free, or to a customer’s home through Canada Post for a $12 fee plus tax.Postal workers have to ask for identification or return the liquor to the postal depot for customer pickup. Online alcohol sales in Ontario rose over the holidays: LCBO by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Meeting teachers new salary demands will cost billions Govt says

Education Minister Nicolette Henry and CEO Marcel Hutson at a recent meeting with parentsGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana government says it will cost the state $4billion (One Guyana dollar=US$0.004 cents) if it is to meet the demands by striking teachers for a 40 per cent and incremental five per cent salary increases as being demanded by their union.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, speaking at a news conference here on Monday night, said that while no new figure had been put forward to the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), talks were ongoing with the Ministry of Finance on the issue.“We have not been able to have that information as yet from the Ministry of Finance in terms of the additional funding that they were tasked to seek at this point in time, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Adele Clarke, told reporters.Henry said that the Ministry of Education is still in favour of conciliatory talks to end the strike that affected the official start of the new school term on Monday.“We’re now waiting on the Ministry of Social Protection to call both parties…the Ministry of Education’s position is that both parties, we look at their proposal and bring that for discussion at the conciliation phase but we have not been able to get an agreement on that,” Henry said.“Due process is required and when going through these procedures we don’t have an opportunity to cherry pick which stage we go through. We have to go through stage by stage and exhaust each stage before we arrive at the other stage. That is the procedure by which we’re guided,” she said.The government has said it is offering GUY$700 million to cover across the board increases and GUY$200 million to cover debunching. But the GTU said it is still pressing its demand for a 40 per cent wage hike for teachers and incremental five per cent salary increases.On Monday, GTU general secretary, Coretta McDonald told striking teachers that while she does not want to get political, she believes it is important to compare the state of teachers under the last People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government and the current coalition administration.She said that while the PPP may have only given teachers a five per cent increase in their salaries during its time in office, the increase was accompanied by non-tax benefits.“If we look at what happened with the PPP government when they were in power and what is transpiring now, remember we didn’t want a five per cent, but with the five per cent, we got a whole lot of non-tax benefits….“So for the first time in the history of this country, our teachers were able to get clothing allowance, duty free concessions, and allowance for special confirmations, while the PPP government was in power. And I don’t want to sound political but we have to make a comparison”, she told the striking teachers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGTU strike action: ‘We will not allow the system to be crushed’ – Education MinisterAugust 28, 2018In “latest news”GTU salary negotiations: High-level task force establishedNovember 2, 2017In “latest news”Teachers’ strike: Education Ministry seeking support of retired teachers, CPCE students in interimAugust 28, 2018In “latest news” read more