Some Ontario REC Stores Will Miss Deadline; Other Cities Get No Shops

By Alex Halperin
Mar 27, 2019
TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 15: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) stands alongside his brother councillor Doug Ford (L) during a Toronto City Council meeting at City Hall on November 15, 2013 in Toronto, Canada .The council voted to strip the embattled Ford striped him of striped him of authority during emergency situations and the ability to hire and fire the deputy mayor and appoint members of the executive committee. (Photo by Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Getty Images)

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Not all Ontario REC stores will be able to open in time. Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said Ontarians would have to “wait and see” how many REC retailers are actually able to open on April 1. “We will have stores open April 1 and I know that the AGCO is continuing to work to make sure that the 25 that have been approved get their stores open in a timely manner,” he said. CTV News, The Star

Thanks to the random selection of REC lottery winners, some of Ontario’s mid-sized communities have been shut out of REC retail, including WindsorKitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, and Thunder Bay. (As I noted a couple of weeks ago, the two licenses in Northern Ontario will be in Sudbury for now–presuming those stores can actually get open. )

Windsor Star, Global News