The Province published an article today asking the question, should we be able to drink alcohol in public?
Now they did slant it on the front page as a Granville Street meets Bourbon Street free-for-all which might freak out the norms….but it does feel contrary to freedom to have some many rules about having fun. Being able to enjoy a radler on a sunny day in the park doesn’t seem like something that should be legislated against.
The article talks about a little used loophole in our current drinking rule book.
“The B.C. government is seeking input from municipalities and police on a little-known — and never used — provision of B.C.’s current liquor laws, which allows local governments to designate public areas for open alcohol consumption.”
The rules has been on the books since the 70’s and is supposed to allow municipalities the ability to let certain parks be open to the idea of wine with a picnic or areas of a city to have party zones (think Vegas or New Orleans)…but no city has ever utilized it.
Personally, I am team fun…I don’t think it will make much a difference to my day-to-day until the time comes to go out; then I’ll love it. I also think it will be great for tourism. But I can understand there is a potential for it to create a gnarly or toxic environment. As Patsy McMillan, chair of the False Creek Residents Association said in the Province article, “But if you open it up to where you can do whatever you want, then I think it becomes a bigger issue, because some people don’t know how to stop at one glass of wine with their picnic.”
Here is a picture of a picnic me and my wife had in Portland last summer with a couple radlers. Didn’t need them to make the afternoon perfect, but they helped.
Is this real life? Picnic in #laurelhurst park. @thrillist had this on their list of "19 dates under $20 in #Portland." They told us to find food trucks at 28th and #Ankeny. No food trucks BUT this spread from @cheeseandcrack was mighty. Check out that sandwich @sandwichamerica! Capricollo on a baguette with an apple jam. Are you kidding me? #radlers and 32 degrees complete the look.