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HORNEPAYNE, ON – On October 24, 2019, at approximately 11:18 am, members of the North East Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a residence on Cedar Avenue in Hornepayne, Ontario.
The search resulted in police locating and seizing quantities of cash, suspected drugs and firearms.
The street value of the drugs seized is approximately $130,000.
As a result of the investigation, three people were arrested and charged.
Kevin ARCHER, a 46-year-old from Hornepayne, Ontario was charged with the following:
Kristina TELFORD, a 48-year-old from Hornepayne Ontario, was charged with the following:
Keith TELFORD, an 18-year-old from Hornepayne, Ontario, was charged with the following:
All three accused parties were released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on November 28, 2019 in Hornepayne, Ontario. None of the charges have been proven in court.
Community members, members of council, OPSEU leadership, employees and citizens rallied today at the LCBO to protest, and build awareness about the decision by the LCBO management to close the Hornepayne Store, as soon as a private business can be found. A great turnout helped to promote awareness around this issue. The issues are many, but in part, the loss of good jobs for our community, as well as the loss of product selection for customers are key concerns. Further to that, LCBO staff are well trained and professional, and are a key element in ensuring that alcohol sales are being conducted responsibly.
A key focus in this challenge, is keeping the pressure on the government. The municipality has information on their website in regards to emailing ministers and the Premier, so you can to to the town site here and get further information. Even if you have already emailed, email again, demand answers and show the government we are serious. Please see some photos from the rally below!
WWW.HORNEPAYNE.COM was able to contact LCBO management and ask some questions around data used to make a decision about our LCBO. We thought perhaps there would be information about sales, perhaps a decline, etc. However, we were told that the main reason for the closure was not related to sales. We will try to find out more information in the near future. In the meantime, please continue to press the government.
Hornepayne.com contacted the union that represents workers at the LCBO to ask them a bit about the pending closure of our outlet. Below are the questions asked and comments.
Question: Was the OPSEU given any notice of the impending closure of the LCBO in Hornepayne?
Answer: OPSEU was notified by the LCBO after the decision was made.
We were only notified the day they announced it to the staff at the store which was Sept 13th
Question: Did you receive any explanation from the LCBO as to why the decision is being made.
Answer: We received no explanation other than the fact that the LCBO can close the Hornepayne LCBO because it is “repatriating” (bringing the business back into LCBO) an agency store somewhere else.
Question: How many people does it affect.
Answer: It affects 2 casual employees, perhaps 3. One member is going off on Maternity leave the beginning of November
Question: Beside the obvious job losses, what are OPSEU’s concerns about the closure of the LCBO store and sales of alcohol in an Agency store.
Answer: With a real LCBO, the community gets good jobs and can count on highly trained professionals making sure that alcohol doesn’t get into the hands of kids and people who appear intoxicated. With the real LCBO ,all the profits go back to the people of Ontario in the form of investments in our hospitals, schools, highways and other public services. With these fake LCBO “convenience outlets” 10 percent of the profit goes to the private owner.
Question: Are you able to illuminate the rules around which an agency store must operate, in terms of security, safety, training, etc?
Answer: Agency stores are private retailers. And the evidence is is clear. According. To the Centre for addiction and mental health (CAMH), the research shows that privatization results in an increase in stores per capita, longer hours of sale, and fewer ID checks that prevent sales to minors and intoxicated people.The research shows these factors are strongly linked with increased alcohol consumption and harms, including increased hospitalization, mortality rates and suicide rates. CAMH has recommended against private relatability stores in its Alcohol Policy Framework released in September.
Question: Are you aware of other LCBO outlets that are slated for closure, that are at least 100km from the closest LCBO store?
Answer: No, but OPSEU only receives notification after
the LCBO has made its decision. The LCBO needs to stop treating northern and rural areas as second-class communities. Over the past few years, OPSEU has fought hard to force the LCBO to back off an misguided plans to close stores and lay off staff in a number of small communities across the province.And the LCBO can count on us to fight hard against this closure in Hornepayne.
Question: How would I advise residents direct their concerns in regards to this issue? To whom would it be best to concentrate our calls, emails and other communications in order to help reverse this decision?
Answer: OPSEU is fighting the expansion of private alcohol sales across the province . If you go to keepitpublic.ca, a template message will automatically email to your MPP, Premier Doug Ford, and Finance Minister Rod Phillips. (The LCBO is a crown corporation under the ministry of finance)Alternatively, you can draft your own
****Story update as of Tuesday, September 24th! I have heard from both the Liberal candidate and the Green Party candidate, and I hope to have their interviews posted in the near future!!!******
WWW.HORNEPAYNE.COM has reached out to the candidates for our riding, for each of the major parties, to conduct an interview each of them, to allow them to outline, for voters in Hornepayne, as well as our larger area, their political goals, and to ooutline why they fell they deserve your vote. As of the evening of Tuesday, September 24th, I have received a response from two of them, and once I am able to, I will conduct an interview and post the results here. Please check back, check out our two facebook connections (a group and a page), as well as our instagram and twitter account. You can also leave us a message, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on Facebook! As soon as we have material from our local candidates, we will post it here.
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