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Ontario government launches online survey in tackling ‘scalper bots’

Tuesday, February 28, 2017   (0 Comments)

The Ontario government is seeking the public’s help developing legislation to make the process of buying and selling event tickets easier and more transparent, including looking at how to curb the practice of “scalper bots.”

The province is encouraging Ontarians to complete a 10-minute online survey that focuses on four keys areas: access to tickets, affordability, transparency and enforcement.

“We’re going to change the rules so that fans in Ontario will have a real fair shot at getting the tickets they want while making sure ticket prices are affordable and transparent,” Attorney General Yasir Naqvi told reporters at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday.

Last October, Naqvi promised that legislation would be introduced by this spring to try to protect consumers — although he admitted it would be tough to stop resellers operating in other jurisdictions.

Kingston MPP Sophie Kiwala introduced a private member’s bill last year aimed at banning “scalper bots” that scoop up huge blocks of tickets and then resell them on third-party websites with substantial markups.

“I saw first-hand when the Tragically Hip announced their farewell tour. They had 11 shows across Canada, six were in Ontario including of course Kingston for the last show and tickets were sold out in moments,” Kiwala said.

“I had people contacting me from across the province and across Canada who were very upset at not having access to tickets.”

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