Vicky Smallman
Shaping Kitchissippi With You

2006 Ottawa Municipal Election
Ottawa Council • Ward 15

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Residents fighting to keep LCBO

Metro (Ottawa), pG. 3 - Sep. 13th 2006
Kenneth Jackson
Hintonburg residents are hoping to prove they can hold their liquor - store.

Over 100 neighbourhood residents have so far signed a petition to protest the looming closure of their Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LOBO) outlet on the corner of Wellington and Hinton streets.

"We got well over 100 signatures and that was just in the fast weekend. There are many more now," said Vicky Smallman, an area resident and council candidate for Kitchissippi ward in the upcoming municipal election who is leading the charge. "It gets a lot of foot traffic when people do their shopping on Wellington Street West."

But Chris Layton, an LCBO spokesman, said the store is too small and there are plans to open a much larger outlet just west of the current operation, at the corner of Richmond and Kirkwood, in December.

"We know we are going to offer so much more in the overall area," said Layton.

But Hintonburg Community Association president Linda Hoad questions why the LCBO can't operate both stores, adding the loss of services erodes the area's sense of community.

"This is a community where many people walk and don't own cars because you can get everything you need right here. We've been sending e-mails explaining to this to them," said Hoad.

Since a public meeting held Aug. 17, the LOBO is considering operating both stores, but Layton said it's unlikely.


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