Cocktails 24/7 in B.C. hotel rooms

Latest liquor liberalization for Christy Clark government is lifting restrictions on room service drinks to times when hotel bar is open

The B.C. government has been on a run of liquor deregulation announcements that looks like it will last until the 2017 election.

The latest liberalization of B.C. libation rules means you can order alcoholic drinks by room service at hotels and resorts, as long as food service is also available.

Liquor service was restricted to the hours of the hotel’s licensed bar or restaurant, but that’s gone as the B.C. Liberal government continues deregulation to help the tourism industry.

Poma Dhaliwal, president of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees, called the room service change “reflective of the common-sense policy changes we have long advocated for.”

Earlier the B.C. government lifted its ban on “happy hour” drink specials, and removed its restriction on requiring food with restaurant drinks and families with children during dining hours at neighborhood pubs. Wine in large grocery stores, craft alcohol sales at farmers’ markets and removing fences from festival beer gardens are o

The B.C. government is working its way through a list of 73 recommendations from its popular liquor policy review. Easing room service rules is the 39th of 73 to be implemented, in a high-profile that appears ready to extend to the May 2017 provincial election.


Just Posted

Auditors couldn’t tell if Fraser Health executives bought booze on taxpayers’ dime

Review from 2014 says one administrator bought Bose headphones on company credit card

Experts detect risk of rock avalanche above Bridal Falls near Chilliwack

Risk in the one-in-10,000-year is minimal but triggers FVRD to direct growth elsewhere

VIDEO: Olympic medalist teaches swimming in Hope

Brent Hayden fondly remembers local swim meet from his youth

Metro gas prices hit 155.7 cents a litre and higher

Lower Mainland could see 1.60 cents by April

Free parking not in the cards for Fraser Valley hospitals

Chair says board may look at ways to make parking easier, but not free

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Lower Mainland rabbits confirmed killed by highly-infectious virus

Feral colony on Annacis Island in Delta died from hemorrhagic disease. Pet rabbits could be at risk

B.C. Scientists witness first-ever documented killer whale infanticide

“It’s horrifying and fascinating at the same time.”

Okanagan Falls winery showing international photo project

Liquidity Wines will be sole Canadian show of National Geographic’s Photo Ark

Lawyer for one suspect in beating of man with autism says he’s not guilty

Ronjot Singh Dhami will turn himself in, lawyer said

Liberals awarded $100,000 contract to man at centre of Facebook data controversy

Christopher Wylie says his voter-profiling company collected private information from 50 million Facebook users

Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes in privacy scandal

Zuckerberg admits to privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, but no apology

Online threat to U.S. high school traced to Canadian teen

A 14-year-old girl has been charged in connection with an online threat against a high school

Vaping device overheats, burns down home on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Fire Rescue says units could cause fires in other homes and even aircraft

Most Read