Prohibition in the Canadian province of Alberta (article)

Hugh A. Dempsey, "The Day Alberta Went Dry: Prohibition of Selling Liquor in Alberta in 1916," Alberta History 58/2 (2010).

Posted by David Fahey on October 4, 2010 at 03:33 PM in Canada, Prohibition | Permalink

Canada's (mostly Mohawk) underground tobacco industry

The first in a five-part series is available at

Posted by David Fahey on September 27, 2010 at 09:33 AM in Canada, Tobacco | Permalink

Taverns in Upper Canada (book review)

Alan McLeod reviews Julia Roberts, In Mixed Company: Taverns and Public Life in Upper Canada (UBC Press, 2009), in A Good Beer Blog.  Deals with Ontario until about 1860.

Posted by David Fahey on September 7, 2010 at 06:14 PM in Book Reviews, Canada, Drinking Spaces | Permalink

Beer in Canada (book)

Ian Coutts, Brew North: How Canadians Made Beer and Beer Made Canada (Greystone Books, forthcoming 2010).

Posted by David Fahey on March 21, 2010 at 09:19 AM in Beer, Books, Canada | Permalink

Books from WHO and PAHO on Alcohol and Harm

Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Partner Aggression in the Americas, by (Editors) Kahryn Graham; Sharon Bernards; Myriam Munne; Sharon Wilsnack, June, 2009, The Pan American Health Organization, "brings to light evidence of alcohol's impact on partner aggression from 10 countries in the Americas (Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States)"

Alcohol and Injuries, Emergency Department Studies in an International Perspective, May, 2010,
The World Health Organization "synthesizes the results of studies from a number of hospital emergency departments conducted in different cultural settings, including the World Health Organization s Collaborative Study on Alcohol and Injuries."

Posted by Dave Trippel on March 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM in Alcohol (general), Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, United States, Uruguay | Permalink

The Customer May Not Always Be Right

Three complaints about "burnt, decaf" earns New Brunswick Tim Horton's customer a life-time ban. The CBC reports.

Posted by Cynthia on February 8, 2010 at 01:57 PM in Canada, Coffee, Drinking Spaces | Permalink

Pashley's History of Beer in Canada (book review)

For Beppi Crosariol's review of Nicholas Pashley, Cheers! An intemperate History of Beer in Canada (HarperCollins Canada, 2009), see here.

Posted by David Fahey on November 18, 2009 at 05:32 PM in Beer, Book Reviews, Canada | Permalink

Canadian brewers' response to prohibition, 1874-1920 (article)

M.J. Bellamy, "The Canadian Brewing Industry's Response to Prohibition, 1874-1920," Brewery History 132 (2009): 2-17.

Posted by David Fahey on November 11, 2009 at 05:17 PM in Canada, Prohibition | Permalink

Alcohol surveillance and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (book)

Gary Genosko and Scott Thompson, Punched Drunk: Alcohol, Surveillance and the LCBO 1927–1975 (Fernwood Publishing, 2009).


From the publisher:

In this critical study of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Scott Thompson and Gary Genosko expose the stakes and consequences of the enormous bureaucracy behind the administrative surveillance of alcohol consumption in Ontario. Since its inception in 1927, the LCBO subjected alcohol consumption to its disciplinary gaze and generated knowledge about the drinking population. This book details how the LCBO tracked all alcohol consumption and capitalized on technological advances in order to generate categories and profiles of individuals so they could “control” drinking in the province. While this is a historical project, it also investigates how categorical treatment of populations like First Nations helped to develop and foster stereo-types around addiction that persist to this day.


Introduction • Temperance, Business and Surveillance at the Birth of the LCBO • Self-Control and the Panoptic LCBO • Accountability: Reconstructing the Fragmented Present • A Kind of Prohibition, Part I: Social Sorting in Ontario • A Kind of Prohibition, Part II: The Application of the LCBO’s Interdiction List • Regulation of Gender Performances and the Interdiction List • From Indigenous to Indigent: Legal and Prototypical Classifications of First Nations • The Politics of Alcohol Surveillance


Gary Genosko is Canada Research Chair in technoculture in the Department of Sociology at Lakehead University. He is the author of Félix Guattari (2009), editor of The Semiotic Review of Books and co-editor of Deleuze Studies.

Scott Thompson is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Victoria. In addition to his publications regarding liquor control, he has published material on National Registration in Canada and the UK.



Posted by David Fahey on October 28, 2009 at 09:59 AM in Alcohol (general), Books, Canada | Permalink

History of alcohol and public health in Canada

Renee Lafferty (Brock University) briefly discusses the intersection between alcohol and public health in Canadian history, the topic for a luncheon talk.  For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on August 27, 2009 at 10:05 PM in Canada | Permalink