VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Green Party park board candidates have proposed a pilot to allow limited alcohol consumption at select beaches and parks.
Public drinking is legal in several countries like Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Currently, drinking is only permitted in Vancouver parks and beaches with a special occasion licence from the province.
“We believe that responsible residents who want to enjoy a glass of wine by the water should be able to,” says Dave Demers, Green candidate for park board. “More and more people do not have a balcony or garden where they can enjoy the outdoors and have a drink with friends. This is a matter of recognizing a strong desire from a large segment of the population, especially among the younger, condo-bound generations.”
“This is an opportunity to explore finding the right balance between allowing responsible drinkers and others to use our parks recreationally while recognizing that the law puts reasonable restrictions on excess drinking to protect the public and our parks.”
This initiative will be developed with park staff to identify which areas and under what circumstances the city will allow limited alcohol consumption. Current laws that prohibit public intoxication and litter will be maintained and enforced.
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