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MPP aims to ease fraught liquor licensing process for Toronto businesses

A newly-elected MPP is trying to end a dispute between city council and the province’s liquor licencing board that’s left a number of new restaurants waiting months for a liquor license.

The board informed the city in the spring that it would no longer accept the list of requirements city council lumps onto liquor licences — including noise and building issues.

Council then voted to require new liquor license applicants to get a letter of support from their MPP — but the provincial integrity commissioner recommends they don’t write them.

It means new restaurants in the city have no way of obtaining a licence to serve alcohol.

New Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP and former city councillor Peter Milczyn told The Globe and Mail that he thinks he can get something sorted out for next month’s council meeting.