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New provincial regulations surrounding alcohol come into effect

All types of businesses — like barbershops, salons, book stores and art galleries — are now eligible to apply for a liquor licence, after the provincial Liquor Policy Review acted upon some of its 73 recommendations to update liquor laws. — Photo, Creative Commons

Alcohol could become a more pervasive and accessible aspect of Kootenay-Boundary life after the province implemented province-wide updates to the Liquor Control and Licencing Act Monday.

All types of businesses — like barbershops, salons, book stores and art galleries — are now eligible to apply for a liquor licence, after the Liquor Policy Review acted upon some of its 73 recommendations to update liquor laws, giving businesses “opportunities to generate new revenue” in the process.