An upgrade to the Manitoba Liquor Act that puts the province more in line with most of the civilized world goes into effect April 1. Not all our readers raised a glass to the changes.
Drunk driving and its consequences remain significant issues in our community. Does Aunt Mary REALLY need to smash back pi±a coladas while having her weekly mani-pedi?
-- Gord Richardson
If your Aunt Mary needs to smash back pi±a coladas while having a mani-ped, she's the one with a problem.
Why frame this discussion only around those with problems? Surely there's nothing wrong with a glass of wine while you're waiting for your toes to soak.
Drunk driving is no less illegal today than it was yesterday.
Should the problems of the few dictate the freedoms of the many?
-- Family Guy
I am amazed that these folks hold a press conference to trumpet changing a law that they had full control to change for the last 15 years. I am tired of watching politicians hold a press conference every time they pave a sidewalk or buy a new playground swing or create a new special licence plate. We have real problems and these stupid announcements cost money and wrest precious focus from real issues.
The Manitoba Hotel Association has obviously managed to keep their monopoly on beer vendors. I don't understand how they are such a powerful lobby. It makes no sense that you can only run a beer vendor if you have a hotel licence, and it obviously has nothing to do with safety. You have vendors across the street from each other on Portage and Keewatin and yet people in South Pointe and Bridgewater Forest have to drive for 20 minutes just to buy beer. There is not a single beer vendor in this city that is not attached to a hotel, so unless someone plans to build a hotel in any of these new communities, there is no hope.
Welcome to the 1980s, Manitoba!
Maybe someday we won't have to find a hotel simply to buy cold beer.
Open that market up and some of the seediest dives in the province will have to close their doors.
"After about three years of discussions and consultations, how Manitobans buy and consume alcohol in the province's restaurants, lounges and nightclubs will be updated to how the world operates in 2014."
If you need proof that this government is insultingly wasteful, look no further than the fact that it took 3 YEARS to implement this. That's a lot of government paper being aimlessly pushed around.
Can you imagine a world where you could host a party for some friends and go to ONE magical place to purchase a few steaks, some veggies, snacks, a cake, some wine, etc. What a crazy world that would be, eh?
If the government wants to leave their sin taxes on -- whatever. It would simply be nice to be able to do a one-stop shop.
-- paul smithski
One magical place... If you add beer, guns, big-screen TV's, deli chickens, eyeglasses and prescriptions, you just described a U.S. Walmart.
This is the one that I don't like:
"Creates a new licence category for small live-entertainment venues with no requirement for an on-site kitchen and hot-food service (goodbye, chicken fingers, fries and coleslaw), allowing for food to be brought in from off-site patrons (hello, catered sushi)."
I think food should be served at these places; it helps on the drinking and driving. Watch any type of show based in NYC. All of those small hole-in-the-wall pubs/lounges offer food, and from what you see in TV and the movies, decent food as well -- steak, potatoes and veggies. At least that's what you saw on Law and Order and NYPD Blue when those shows were on.