BUCK-A-BEER? LOCAL BREWERS SAY NO WAY TO FORD PLAN
The owners for all four of PrescottRussell’s local craft breweries say they can’t afford to help Premier Doug Ford make good on his election campaign promise of a “buck-a-beer” plan for Ontario’s beer-lovers.
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