BUSINESS: AGCO Moves To Revoke CAGE KTV & Bar’s Liquor License In North York

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TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On November 19, 2021, the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), issued an Order of Interim Suspension of the liquor licence of CAGE KTV & BAR located at 3560 Victoria Park Avenue in North York, Ontario, for reasons of public interest and safety. The interim suspension was in effect immediately. This bar cannot legally sell or serve alcohol during the interim suspension.

The Deputy Registrar has also issued a Notice of Proposal (NOP) to revoke the liquor licence of this bar for infractions of the Liquor Licence Act (LLA).

On November 14, 2021, AGCO Compliance Officials (COs) visited CAGE KTV & BAR to address a complaint that the licence holder advertised an event providing free liquor. The COs noticed signs of drunkenness upon entry. This is against the LLA. The COs observed signs of drunkenness in patrons. They even started a physical altercation with the bar staff, which was not allowed under the LLA. When questioned, the licence holder admitted that he no longer had access to CAGE KTV and BAR.

Holding a liquor licence comes with legal obligations to maintain control and operational authority over the licensed establishment, responsibilities the AGCO deems this licence holder has relinquished.

The AGCO is committed in ensuring that the alcohol industry is managed with integrity, honesty, and the public’s best interests. According to the AGCO, the license holder has violated the LLA by contracting out the sale or service of alcohol without authorization, not being involved in bar operations, and thus not having control over the premises. The licence holder did not supervise the sale or service of alcohol and allowed drunkenness, quarrelsome and violent behavior to be permitted in the bar.

The Registrar considers it necessary and in public interest to suspend the liquor license of CAGE KTV&BAR. The Deputy Registrar also believes that the licence holder is not operating in compliance with the law. He has issued a Notice of Proposal to revoke his license.

QUOTES

“All those who hold a liquor licence in Ontario are required to operate with honesty and integrity. The law clearly states that a license holder must keep control over their business, prevent drunkenness and work with AGCO Compliance Officers. They will not tolerate any aggression towards them.”

Quick Facts Licence holders who fail to meet the requirements of the Liquor Licence Act, are subject to regulatory action. Aggressions towards them will not be tolerated.”

Tom Mungham, Registrar and CEO, AGCO

Quick Facts

Licence holders who do not meet the requirements under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) are subject to regulatory action, including the possibility of an Order of Monetary Penalty, a temporary suspension of the licence, or in the most serious cases, a revocation of the licence.

An establishment served with a Notice of Proposal has the right to appeal the Registrar’s action to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, which is an adjudicative tribunal independent of the AGCO and part of Tribunals Ontario. The AGCO conducts regular compliance activities at all licensed liquor establishments in the province. It also recognizes licensees that are responsible.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The LLA provides the AGCO with the authority to carry out inspections of licensed establishments for the purposes of determining whether there is compliance with the Act and its regulations. This authority is also granted to police officers.
Liquor Inspections and Your Obligations | Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (agco.ca)
See Section 15 (6) and 6 (2)(d) Liquor Licence Act (LLA)

MEDIA CONTACT
AGCO Communications
media@agco.ca

ABOUT THE AGCO
The AGCO is responsible for regulating the alcohol, gaming, horse racing and private cannabis retail sectors in Ontario in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and in the public interest. The AGCO is a regulatory body that reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General. The agency was established on February 23, 1998 under the Alcohol, Cannabis and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996.

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