BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of all members of Brantford City Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a City Council meeting held Monday, October 15th. The motion requests that the Mayor of Brantford write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"Brantford continues to serve as a problem area for contraband tobacco" said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "I was able to address members of Council earlier in September on this issue, and was pleased with the insightful discussion that followed. Councillors are evidently willing to take this issue on. We would like to congratulate the Brantford City Council for passing this motion, and particularly Councillor John Utley for driving this issue with other members of Council. We will continue to offer our support to any and all municipalities that wish to join the fight against contraband tobacco."
Brantford retailers and members of the OCSA look forward to seeing a reduction of contraband products following the recent commitments in the Ontario budget. "While the Legislature may have prorogued, we are still looking to our provincial representatives to follow through on Budget commitments to stop contraband tobacco. Support from all levels of government will be critical in helping protect the safety of our communities, and to ensuring that age-restricted products don't wind up in the hands of Ontario's young people," said Bryans.
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) represents more than 7,000 convenience store operators throughout the province who are committed to Responsible Community Retailing. More than 3 million people visit convenience stores in communities across Ontario every day.