BOOM CHAKALAKA: Ignoring COVID Orders in BC can cost you your liquor licence
Recent decisions published by the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch indicate that across[...]
The Lobster Trap v. Registrar (Alcohol, Cannabis & Gaming)
In order to obtain (and renew) a licence to sell alcohol in British Columbia, the General Manager of the Liquor[...]
Dhaliwall v. Hook Restaurant Ltd: earning sweaty equity in the restaurant industry
In July, 2021, following a four day trial, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released reasons for judgment in Dhaliwall[...]
McLaughlin v. Cerda: Post-shift drinks and the duty to warn
On the evening of January 9, 2017, after finishing her serving shift at S&L Kitchen and Bar in Langley, Ms.[...]
The Scotch Whisky Association v. Macaloney Brewer & Distillers Ltd.
In March, 2021 the Scotch Whisky Association (“SWA”), a Scotland based trade association of the Scotch whisky industry, and Whyte[...]
Throughout 2020 British Columbia’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch issued a series of temporary relaxations of existing rules and regulations[...]
BC’s Privacy Commissioner to audit private liquor and cannabis retailers
On November 25th BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy announced that his office will review BC’s licensed private sector[...]
What is a meal? Scotch Eggs and Covid Protocols
Earlier this month British politician Michael Gove found himself in a spot of controversy over the delicate question of whether[...]
The Due Diligence Defence: “good intentions” are not enough
One of the defences a licensee can raise at an enforcement hearing before a Delegate of the General Manager of[...]
Licensees Beware: BC’s Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch Complaint Process
The Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch makes a point of inspecting all licensed establishments in BC at least once or[...]
McCormick v Plambeck: The end of social host liability?
On June 12, 2020 Chief Justice Hinkson of the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued reasons for judgment in McCormick[...]
Enforcement Order Reconsideration Part 3: Administrative Independence
In Parts 1 & 2 of the reconsideration series, Alcohol & Advocacy observed that the delegates of the General Manager[...]
Enforcement Order Reconsideration Part 2: Is the reconsideration process fair and efficient?
In Part 1 of this three-part series on the reconsideration process, Alcohol & Advocacy explained the mechanics of the reconsideration[...]