May 27, 2011
URGENT ACTION ALERT – NURSES SAY TAKE THE TIME TO RE-THINK CHANGES TO NEW PROVINCIAL LIQUOR LAWS ***PLEASE RESPOND BEFORE JUNE 1***
On June 1st, liquor licence laws are set to change that would significantly increase access to liquor in our communities. THERE’S STILL TIME. PLEASE ACT TODAY. TELL THE GOVERNMENT TO RE-THINK THESE CHANGES AND SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES.
Send a letter below to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Attorney General Chris Bentley, and ask them to put the health and safety of our communities first. Your message will automatically be copied to the Ministers of Health and Health Promotion, other Party leaders and justice critics. Send them the message that relaxing liquor licence laws raises serious issues of public health and safety. More public consultation and thought is needed before going down this risky path.
Proposed changes to the Liquor License Act (LLA) include:
• Extending the time liquor may be served from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• Allowing liquor to be served starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays (previously noon)
• Allowing alcoholic drinks to be carried in and out of licensed premises at outdoor events such as street festivals
• Facilitating the operation of licensed patios by allowing drinks to be carried across unlicensed areas
Many nurses have expressed concern about these changes that effectively increase access to alcohol and risk the health of Ontarians. Clear evidence links increasing the hours and days of alcohol sale with the incidence of assaults, impaired driving, alcohol-related crashes and motor vehicle casualties. Nurses also call on the government to consider the broader socioeconomic impacts of the proposed changes. Saving lives and reducing the harmful effects of alcohol misuse should be the priority of the government rather than making drinking more accessible. It’s time for a re-think!
For more information, see the RNAO’s letter to the Attorney General .
What Can You Do?
Send a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty, Attorney General Chris Bentley and copied to Health Minister Deb Matthews, Health Promotion and Sport Minister Margarett Best, PC Leader Tim Hudak, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and opposition justice critics urging them to consider the evidence and to re-think these changes.
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