At Monday’s Executive Committee meeting, the minimum distance required between liquor stores was debated, and some of the complexities and shortfalls of the current regulations were raised.
In the past, minimum distances were established for social reasons – fears that a proliferation of alcohol sales in one area could promote increased crime, disorder, and moral degradation. Recent studies show these concerns to be – largely – unfounded.
Most provinces in Canada maintain direct control of alcohol sales through liquor control boards (or successor agencies), which limit the number, size, and location of retailers. Alberta is unique in having a completely …
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