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2009 News Archive

  • 2008-09 Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission Annual Reports released - November 24, 2009
    AGLC has released the 2008-09 AGLC Annual Report and the annual Charitable Gaming in Alberta (2008-09 in Review). Both are now available in our Publications section.
  • New guidelines assist bar owners on collection of information
    - November 4, 2009
    Amendments to the Gaming and Liquor Act became law this week. One key change allows licensees to share limited personal information with each other about problem patrons to help prevent violence in and around licensed premises. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has developed guidelines to assist bar operators in understanding their duties and obligations when collecting, using, disclosing and handling the personal information of patrons.
  • Albertans recognize Responsible Gambling Awareness Week,
    October 19-25
    - October 9, 2009
    Since its inception in 2007, this annual event focuses on educating gambling patrons in the province’s casinos, racing entertainment centres, VLT retail outlets and bingo halls about how to be responsible gamblers.
  • Ft. McMurray and Grande Prairie MLA Committee meetings rescheduled - October 2, 2009
    Upcoming MLA committee meetings for Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie have been rescheduled. The new meeting dates of November 5 (Ft. McMurray) and November 6 (Grande Prairie) will provide opportunity for MLAs to listen to the input of eligible charitable groups from across Alberta.
  • Review explores solutions for pooling casino dollars, decreasing wait times for charities - September 10, 2009
    Edmonton...
    An MLA committee will examine aspects of the province’s charitable gaming model and make recommendations on how to improve wait times and the pooling of proceeds from licensed casino events to eligible charitable groups. The committee will also review the number of volunteers a group needs to provide to conduct and manage charitable casino events.
  • Gaming Payouts - Camrose Area Storm - August 1, 2009
    The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is aware there may be questions from the public regarding Casino, VLT or 50/50 draws the Camrose area following the severe weather event of August 1, 2009. Due to sudden dispersal of crowds and power failures/possible equipment issues, there may be instances where some tickets were not paid out during the severe weather.
    Please direct your questions to AGLC’s Gaming Irregularities Line at 1-800-742-7818. Callers should be prepared to provide the following information:
    1. Name and Address
    2. Telephone Number
    3. The Location where the problem occurred
    4. Nature of the problem
  • Liquor Warehousing Report Released - July 08, 2009
    On June 11, 2009, the Board of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission approved the Liquor Warehousing and Distribution in Alberta – Operational and Financial Business Case Findings and Conclusions prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
  • Liquor mark-up rolled back - July 07, 2009
    Calgary... On July 7, Premier Ed Stelmach announced the government is rolling back the liquor mark-up. This rollback means that liquor mark-up rates will be reduced about 30 per cent. This is a return to the mark-up rates that were established in 2002.
    The lower mark-up will be honoured on all liquor products delivered or ordered on July 7th or 8th. Retailers will see the new prices reflected on their orders as of July 9th.
  • New tool helps prevent violence in licensed premises - June 10, 2009
    Privacy Commissioner and AGLC to draft guidelines for collection and use of limited personal information by bar operators
    Bar owners and the police will soon have another tool to deal with problem patrons, thanks to changes to a provincial law which will allow the limited collection, use and sharing of information.
    “This government believes in creating safer communities and these changes will help prevent violence in licensed establishments, preserve the safety of patrons and disrupt the gang lifestyle,” said Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. “We want to prevent gang influence from becoming a normal part of life in Alberta’s cities.”
    New provisions in the Gaming and Liquor Act will help licensees work together to prevent troublesome individuals from moving between bars and nightclubs and creating similar situations in a new venue. The legislation also provides police the ability to exclude and remove suspected gang members and their associates before an offence is committed. The new guidelines should be in place by August 1, 2009.
  • New legislation aims to help curb violence in licensed premises
    - April 21, 2009
    Proposed changes to the Gaming and Liquor Act will improve public safety in licensed premises by providing police with more power to deal with suspected gang members, their associates and problem patrons. “Entertainment spots are supposed to be places where you can go and have a good time. The last thing someone wants to worry about is getting caught in the middle of a violent incident,” said Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. “Providing the police with these powers will improve the safety of Albertans in and around licensed premises, and help create safer communities which is a key priority of this government.”
  • Budget 2009 - April 7, 2009
    One of the government’s revenue generation initiatives announced in Budget 2009 is an increase in the flat mark-up applied to all types of liquor products. Mark-up is the government’s share of revenue from liquor sales and these monies go into the general revenue fund. The mark-up is being increased to generate an additional $180 million in 2009-10.
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