Legal Cannabis and your Liquor Licence
On October 17, 2018, non-medical cannabis was legalized in Canada. In December, 2018, British Columbia’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch[...]
BC Liquor Branch updates policy for Online Sale and Delivery of Alcohol
On May 24, 2019 the Liquor Control and Cannabis Regulation Branch issued Policy Direction No. 19 – 03 which supersedes[...]
BC Liquor Licensing Branch updates Penalty Schedule
On May 22, 2019 the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch issued its 2nd Policy Directive of 2019. After years of frequent,[...]
Williams v. Richard: Ontario Court of Appeal weighs in on Social Host Liability
In late 2018  the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its reasons for judgment in Williams v. Richard,  the latest in a[...]
Unfiltered Brewing defeated at Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
On February 13, 2019 the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal released its reasons in Unfiltered Brewing Incorporated v. Nova Scotia[...]
Charter Rights and Vancouver’s BarWatch Program
In the recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision R. v. Roudiani, the accused was charged with aggravated assault arising from an[...]
BC Liquor Law: Serving after hours and drinking on the job
On November 26, 2018 the General Manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch released reasons for the decision in[...]
BC Liquor Enforcement: Even police officers can be bad witnesses
When you or your establishment has been served with a Notice of Enforcement Action, it can feel like the full[...]
Alberta announces changes to “modernize” liquor laws
On October 22, 2018 the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission announced that "effective immediately" bars and restaurants are allowed to mix[...]
Decision under appeal: Unfiltered Brewing Incorporated v. Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation
In January of this year the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia issued its decision in the matter of Unfiltered Brewing[...]
Liquor Control and Licensing Branch clarifies “ID Checking Misconceptions”
In the Spring 2018 edition of Liquor Line, the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch's biannual newsletter, the LCLB affirmed the basic[...]
Hughes v. Liquor Control Board of Ontario: 2000 Beer Framework Agreement
The trend of Canadian consumers and licensees challenging how provincial governments regulate, tax, and sell alcohol is alive and well[...]
Brew Street Craft and Kitchen: Permitting an intoxicated person to remain
St. Patrick's Day is a big source of business for the liquor industry. While all owners and managers hope that[...]