a person walking down a street next to a building: Warren 'Smokey' Thomas says Ontarians should be alarmed over media reports on the serious shoplifting problems that regularly occur at LCBO stores.

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Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas says Ontarians needs to be alarmed over media reviews on the intense shoplifting issues that usually happen at LCBO shops.

The vacations are over, however LCBO retailers nonetheless have the choice of staying open for prolonged hours throughout the province — and round 50 places shall be opting in.

In December, Premier Doug Ford’s authorities prolonged hours of LCBO shops, the Beer Retailer and approved grocery retailers in Ontario, permitting them to promote alcohol between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. seven days per week. 

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The change was half of the Progressive Conservative’s modernization specified by their fall financial outlook.

The current spike in thefts at varied LCBO places has Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas — president of OPSEU — calling for the federal government to fulfill and implement additional safety measures at retailer places.

“The LCBO is making some progress, however in my thoughts, not sufficient,” Thomas stated.

a man that is standing in the street: Jon Castell / CBC News

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He stated the workers have been brainstorming concepts to create a safer work setting, together with an inside safety process pressure. Thomas says he additionally believes staff ought to by no means be able the place they’re working alone. 

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“That is been an issue as a result of the LCBO has lowered staffing, we want to see extra employees and safety cameras, giving police an opportunity to go after these those who steal,” Thomas stated.

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Toronto police estimate greater than $200,000 value of items have been stolen from LCBO places within the metropolis between August and December of 2018, including lots of the thefts have been going down within the downtown core.

Thomas says he’s calling on Ford to sit down down with LCBO administration and the union.

“Let’s have a roundtable dialogue on discovering methods to scale back theft whereas preserving clients and staff protected.”

LCBO didn’t reply to CBC Toronto’s request for remark.


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