CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of Cornwall City Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a Council meeting held Monday, October 23rd. The motion requests that the Mayor of Cornwall write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"Cornwall serves as a major contraband hub due to its proximity to smoke shacks and production centres along the U.S Border," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "This has led to a perpetual threat to public safety of Cornwall residents, and has negatively affected the economy of our local retailers. We would like extend our sincere thanks to all Councillors in supporting this motion. It is evident that your City Council places a high priority on the safety of its residents."
Cornwall area retailers and members of the OCSA look forward to seeing a reduction of contraband products following the recent commitments in the Ontario budget. "As the government looks 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.