Century Downs Racetrack and Casino - April 1, 2015
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission would like to congratulate the new Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Balzac on its official opening today. This new entertainment complex features a horse racing track, a gaming floor, off-track betting, a lounge and a restaurant. Horse racing is scheduled to start on April 25.
Like all Racing Entertainment Centres in Alberta, this facility will benefit all Albertans by contributing a portion of its revenue to the Alberta Lottery Fund to help support volunteer, nonprofit, public and community-based initiatives. In 2013-14, almost $1.5 billion in provincial gaming revenue went into the Alberta Lottery Fund.
The AGLC received the application for this Racing Entertainment Centre before the Board placed a moratorium on new gaming facilities. The application therefore continued through the licensing process.
For more information about this new facility, please visit Century Downs' website.
Liquor mark-up increase - March 26, 2015
On March 26, 2015, the Government of Alberta announced an increase in liquor mark-up. The new rates are effective as of March 27, 2015.
The increase is a 22-cent per litre increase for most products. The exceptions are products from the smallest breweries, and products from cottage wineries that sell at farmers’ gates/markets, with no increase. Mid-sized breweries have an increase of 11 cents per litre applied to their products. Alberta’s liquor mark-up rates remain among the lowest in the country.
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Santa Julia Pinot Grigio wine, in a 750ml bottle, is being removed from sale at all retail locations because the product contains elevated levels of copper sulphate. The recall from sale is a precautionary measure because the product does not currently comply with federal food regulations.
According to Health Canada, copper sulphate, in specific concentration, is an allowed food additive for wines. For more information on food additives and related regulations, please refer to the Health Canada’s website. To date, no complaints or injuries related to consumption of this specific wine have been reported in Alberta.
Note to liquor licensees:
If you carry this particular wine, please review this recall notice and follow the instructions outlined in the notice to pull the Lot Numbers #L14-245 and #L14-246 from sale in a timely manner. If you have any questions about this recall, contact Tamara Tchir, Quality Control Clerk, at 780-447-8894 or email@example.com.
Reports of arsenic in Californian wines - March 25, 2015
Media reports suggest that several brands of wines originating in California may contain high levels of arsenic. Some of these brands are available in Alberta. Please note that, to date, the AGLC has not received any complaints or reports of Californian wines containing arsenic at unsafe levels.
The AGLC is committed to ensuring liquor products available for sale in Alberta are safe to consume, and on a regular basis works with liquor suppliers, other liquor jurisdictions, and federal agencies responsible for the safety of food and liquor products on quality control issues. When liquor products do not follow Canadian food guidelines or are deemed unsafe for consumption, the AGLC issues product recalls.
According to Health Canada, arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical element that can be found in very low levels in many foods. In wines, for example, there are two main sources of arsenic:
- arsenic naturally occurring in soil that gets into the grapes, and
- arsenic contained in pesticides.
If you have a complaint about any of the identified wines as being potentially unsafe, contact the AGLC immediately at 780-447-8832.