Soldiers home drunk. Secured liquor in Montreal.
“It is surreptitiously smuggled into the train at Montreal, and while the Military Hospitals’ Commission exert every effort to prevent it being done, it is beyond human vigilance to prevent the men from securing it.
Why the liquor lords love South-West Toronto. 48 Liquor Licenses in riding. “Why are there so many licenses in this riding? Here is the answer. In the reduction of shop and hotel licenses in 1909, the policy of the Government… was to have certain districts in the down town and central portion of the city set aside as the license area. This was done, and most of the hotels in South-West Toronto were spared in the cut-off, leaving South-West Toronto the ‘wet area.'”
With eight weeks until prohibition arrives in Ontario shop licensees request delay. “The deputation advanced as their reason for making this request, the fact that wholesale liquor men were selling their liquors to individuals at a price below that at which the shop-keepers sold, with the result that the wholesalers, through under-selling the shop men were getting the bulk of the business, and the shelves and cellars of shops were not emptying rapidly.”
Government abandoning plans for referendum on prohibition – “it would be impractical to extend voting privileges to Ontario soldiers of voting age overseas… because… Ontario’s fighting men… are scattered from the Valley of Euphrates to the military camps of England.”
New “Independent Party” founded in Riverdale with 284 members in protest against prohibition measures – “the people are being trod on too much by the Lord’s Day Alliance and temperance cranks until it is so bad that it is worse than Prussianism or Kaiserism in Germany.”
Riot at the Armouries disrupts “A Dry Ontario” temperance parade – “Beginning in a snowball attack, the incident soon assumed serious proportions.”
Monster campaign is launched in Ward 5 to prepare petition to ban alcohol in Ontario by July 1917.