Shacklands Brewery, history of no booze in the Junction, it stated much earlier than you think, here’s a bit of the story to start you off.


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Prominent among such issues was the relationship between tavern keepers and City Council. “As citizens of Toronto it is humiliating to confess that we are ruled by the whiskey ring,” wrote “An Elector” in The Evening Telegram38 For Elector it was obvious that some members of Council, including the Mayor, were actively helping the Anti-Dunkin Associa-tion, the organization arrayed against the prohibitionists. Claims that a “whiskey ring” controlled council had been circulai ing for at least a decade, and were now renewed as an argument in favour of the Dunkin Act. To judge from the leanings of the newspapers (the Tory Mail and Leader alone were opposed to the Act)’ and the “whiskey ring” claims, the Dun-kin Act campaign was an assault not only on the liquor trade, but also on Toronto’s Tory machine.40 For example, the outspoken alderman John Hallam went so far as to assert that He had been one of those who had voted against the reduction of the liquor licenses, by which the city lost $14,000. He would say, although he was sure he would be called in ques-tion for it, that the sum had been voted away by a ring in that Council, simply with a view of perpetuating the liquor traffic. Author, M. P. Sendbuehler 1993

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