Consumers will now have to pay more when refilling their fuel tanks since several private service stations have recently increased their price for fuel.Guyana Times visited a number of service stations in Georgetown on Saturday where the prices displayed were higher than the slight increase two weeks ago.At Shell gas station, the price of gasoline increased from $230 to $234 while a litre of V-power now costs $240. Over at Rubis gas station, consumers will now have to pay close to $225 per litre for gasoline.Some of the increased prices that were displayedHowever, at the State-owned Guyoil service stations, the price for a litre of gasoline remained at $220 per litre.While persons have shared their displeasure with the increased prices, many public transport drivers have expressed that it will affect them if it continues to escalate.Several minibus drivers on Saturday said the increase in fuel will ultimately lead to the increase in transportation costs. A route 40 minibus driver told this publication that commuters usually complain when fares increase but they have to understand that the cost of fuel has increased.“The thing is that the prices always raising and it’s crazy because we’re still working for the same fare. Soon it will grow to a big amount with all [of] this increasing and what will happen then?” he questioned.In September 2017, world market prices for fuel increased due to the hurricane conditions in the southern hemisphere, which resulted in Guyoil adjusting the prices in gasoline, diesel and kerosene to a higher cost.Again, in February of this year, Guyoil adjusted its prices upwards. The average price of gasoline around the world is US$1.15 per liter.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There’s a growing push to allow alcohol sales across provincial lines in Canada.The Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) is calling for inter-provincial sales to be allowed after the Toronto Region Board of Trade raised the idea in November.The TRBoT proposed federal and provincial First Ministers should sign an “icebreaker deal” to allow online alcohol sales, that would allow Canadians to buy locally produced alcoholic beverages from other provinces — which is currently not allowed.“With the holiday season upon us, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast are on the hunt for the perfect gift for their loved ones, but instead of a happy holiday memory, they could be in for a hefty fine or possible jail time if they order their favourite beer, wine or spirits directly from an out of province producer,” Jan De Silva, Chair of the Canadian Global Cities Council and President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade said in a release.“In Ontario an individual who violates the Liquor License Act could be liable to a fine of up to $100,000 or imprisonment for up to one year, or both. British Columbia and Ontario are part of the same country, we should not be fining or imprisoning Canadians simply because they want to try another province’s product,” De Silva added.“We have world-class producers right across the country and we should be supporting their ability to grow and succeed by enabling all legal-aged Canadians to order these fantastic products.” @prezhfxchamber #OrderCanadian— Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (@BoardofTrade) December 5, 2018The CGCC is a coalition made up of presidents and CEOs of Canada’s eight largest urban regional Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade.The group points to a recent Statistics Canada report that found Canadians spent $22.5 billion on alcohol last year. It adds the country is home to a “burgeoning wine, beer and spirits industry” that locals can’t take full advantage of “because obsolete trade barriers prevent the free-flow of beverage alcohol across the country.”“British Columbia is home to a diverse array of producers contributing more than $600 million to the province’s economy, including a world-renowned wine industry and thriving craft brewery scene,” Greater Vancouver Board of Trade President and CEO Iain Black said.“We know the beverage alcohol sector is one of the toughest challenges on the interprovincial trade file, but we have a real opportunity to help grow our local industries while providing consumers with more Canadian options.” #OrderCanadian— Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (@BoardofTrade) December 5, 2018He adds there’s an opportunity here to help local industries grow while providing consumers with more Canadian options.According to Statistics Canada’s report in May, domestic beer makes up the majority of beer sales in Canada. However, it also found imports are growing faster than domestic beer, and the same goes for imported spirits with respect to local product.Statistics Canada reported domestic wine makes up just over one-third of the Canadian Market.