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President’s Update: September 2017

On August 23rd we held our Beer on the Beach Picnic Protest at First Beach in English Bay! I can’t stress enough how excited I am by how this event went. We had dozens of media requests, and had between 40 and 50 people come through the event and drink a beer in protest of our archaic public drinking laws! It went off without incident (and with zero garbage left behind); we worked with the Vancouver Police Department and kept things responsible, civil and constructive.

This event was the beginning of a large movement in the lower mainland – I can feel it. While we only had 50 or so people show up to the event proper, we had hundreds of people engaged on social media around attending or discussing the event, we had extensive media interest, and we got things moving in a very real way. Continue reading

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President’s Update: August 2017

Over the last 2 1/2 years being the head of the Vancouver branch of this organization, I’ve had a chance to speak to a lot of people at various events across the lower mainland. A very common question I have for them is “What is the most important issue for you as a beer consumer?” Our more “old school” membership base will usually answer serving sizes – that they want to get the exact amount of beer they are paying for. Definitely a noble effort and a cause that CAMRA has found very important. But when I get outside of that immediate circle of card carrying members, I find that my answer changes dramatically. When I talk to everyday consumers, not necessarily members of our non-profit society, the most common answer I get is the ability to drink in public. This is quickly become a very important issue to modern-day beer consumers – and we want to see something done about it. Continue reading

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CAMRA BC President’s Statement: Public Consumption of Alcohol

Since 1985, The Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia (CAMRA BC) has been advocating on behalf of craft beer consumers in BC. A big part of CAMRA BC’s mandate is to promote and protect BC liquor policies that positively impact BC craft beer consumers while educating those same consumers on their consumers’ rights under the law. Another large part of CAMRA BC’s mandate is to promote the responsible consumption of craft beer and cider in BC by trying to create a climate and culture where the consumption of alcohol is for enjoyment and the dangers of over-consumption and abuse are respected and understood.

For decades, it has been allowable by BC liquor policies for the public consumption of alcohol in the province’s public spaces in certain circumstances. Under provincial liquor policies, “a public place, or part of it, may be designated, by a bylaw of the municipality or regional district that has jurisdiction over the public place, as a place where liquor may be consumed.” (s 73, Liquor Control and Licensing Act of British Columbia).  

Despite this allowance, few, if any, municipalities or regional districts have taken the necessary steps to allow for controlled liquor consumption in public spaces and we all know that does not mean that liquor is not being covertly and responsibly enjoyed in these same places.

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Advocacy Update: February 2017

One of British Columbia’s most unique breweries is in dire need of help. You may be familiar with Persephone Brewing, and the their setup as a farm based brewery. Many visitors to the Sunshine Coast have had the opportunity of visiting the farm, picking hops, and experiencing life as a member of the BC brewing scene. However, recent developments through government channels are forcing the brewery to shut down operation within the next two years.

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Everyday Advocacy in the Vancouver Beer Scene

Over the years we have spent a lot of time talking about big picture advocacy campaigns. Whether it is F.U.S.S., public drinking, line cleaning, we are always after a big campaign that can have drastic impacts, drive media attention and promote CAMRA’s mission to make beer accessible and affordable. But what about the everyday people – the members who are out and about in the city? What about you regular beer drinkers that want to make a difference but don’t know how? Enjoy this quick guide to everyday beer advocacy! Continue reading

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Advocacy Update – October 2016

Since the AGM last February, we have had a lot of curve balls thrown our way, wrenches in our wheels and general unforeseen happenings arise. As a result, I would be lying if I said we had gotten traction we wanted on anything we wanted to sink our teeth into. After a few months trying to pick up steam, we put a cork in F.U.S.S. A few productive meetings around cross-border consumer issues didn’t bear fruit (at least not on the municipal branch front.) But we see a need for something actionable between now and the end of this year – and we have every intention of delivering. Click here to read about our latest advocacy committee meeting.

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Advocacy Update: August 2016

A few weeks ago I was perusing twitter and I came across a tweet by Kennedy Stewart, MP for Burnaby South (and my MP in the house of Commons.) As one of his constituents I found his social media feed to be a bit… safe, predictable and repetitive.

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FUSS Update – July 2016

A few months ago I announced that CAMRA Vancouver was going to be reinvigorating an old initiative in the F.U.S.S. campaign. For those that don’t know, the Fess Up to Serving Sizes campaign was aimed at educating consumers on the legal requirements of bars and breweries when it came to posting the size of their beers, and to how much beer they are actually pouring. This was a campaign that came to fruition several years ago under the guidance of past CAMRA BC executive teams. The basic concept is to visit an establishment and see if it meets certain criteria. Mainly, do they advertise what measurements they are pouring and do they pour what is advertised on their menu. That’s it. You would think it would be pretty simple but it’s actually proving to be quite difficult.

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FUSS 2.0 – June 2016

Ever since we launched FUSS 2.0 last newsletter I have been very pleased with the amount of comments, tweets, and emails I have received. In case you missed it, click here to read last month’s post. While the reception has been overwhelmingly positive from the consumer community, I must say there are two things that are disappointing me. And I would like to try and touch on them a bit in this post.

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Pop-Up City Hall and Liquor Policy Survey, May 1, 2016

The newly implemented liquor policy is now being reviewed again and the city is seeking your opinions on what that policy should look like. For a long time, alcohol has been demonized in our city, and with luck these restrictive policies are being critically evaluated. You can have your thoughts on the role of alcohol in the city and what kind of changes you would like to see in our current policy. To complete the survey, visit the City of Vancouver website

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