Petition aims to permit open boozing
Monday, October 30, 2017 Calgary
Wolfe said he hasn’t met a business owner that doesn’t support his petition and has had more than 300 signatures. He hopes to present the petition to council hoping they will bite, with the news that, like other stores on the strip, he’s projecting a 60 per cent loss over seven months next year.
“That could force us to close,” said Wolfe.
According to the AGLC there currently isn’t a way to permit open liquor.
Peter Oliver from the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association said the popular stretch could be a great place to try out open boozing beyond the construction days.
“It’s a really good idea and it’s worth trying,” said Oliver. “We’re a modern civilized so- ciety, I think some of these rules that have existed for centuries might not make any sense anymore and to test on a trial basis I think could potentially help discover new good things.”
Oliver said there are still laws for public intoxication and rowdiness that can help mitigate the effects of relaxing where alcohol can be consumed.
The BNA president said this is a good time to try out new things on 17 Avenue as the city construction chugs along.
“We have to stop just looking at solving the vibrancy issue downtown and on 17 Ave through just a parking lens and more through a placemaking lens,” said Oliver. “And that’s exactly what this is doing.”