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[...]
Enforcement Order Reconsideration Process Part 1: How does reconsideration work?
British Columbia’s “new” Liquor Control and Licensing Act, which came into effect January, 2017 introduced a new internal review process[...]
Social Media and Marketing in B.C’s Liquor Industry
In February, 2015 Alcohol & Advocacy summarized the rules and restrictions then in place for advertising and marketing by bars,[...]
Inaugural International Wine Law Association Conference held in Vancouver
On February 24, 2020 the Vancouver offices of Norton Rose Fulbright hosted the Canadian Chapter of the International Wine Law[...]
Roncarelli v. Duplessis: Abuse of power by the Quebec Liquor Commission
Provincial liquor Acts furnish their respective jurisdictions with a complete code for the administration of the sale and distribution of[...]
Gambling in bars in British Columbia
British Columbia's Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch defines gaming (also called gambling) “as playing or gaming, for money or other[...]
Food Primary Liquor Licence: Operating Outside of Licence Purpose
As Alcohol & Advocacy has previously explained, British Columbia's Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch issues food primary licences to businesses[...]
Liquor & Non-medical Cannabis Compliance & Enforcement: A&A’s 2019 round-up
2019 has been a busy year thus far for the British Columbia Liquor & Non-medical Cannabis Compliance & Enforcement program.[...]
Eastwood v. Walton: Liquor Law and the Importance of Preserving Evidence
On November 24, 2012 Desjardins held a Christmas party at the Versailles Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Constance Walton, a[...]