Pe­ti­tion aims to per­mit open booz­ing

Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, 2017 Cal­gary

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - FRONT PAGE - Con­tin­ued from page 1 He­len Pike/MetrO

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.”

Peter Oliver

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