It looks like we’re in for another summer without legal alcohol consumption in city-run parks and beaches.
Councillor Josh Matlow recently brought forward a motion to the Economic and Community Development Committee, asking them to consider implementing a pilot project that would allow people visiting a park or a beach to consume some alcohol, but the committee voted to refer the motion to parks and licensing staff instead.
This referral essentially denies the motion for the pilot that Matlow put forward.
The committee referred the motion off to staff with zero timeline for it coming back. During this pandemic summer, the very time when we don’t want people congregating indoors, placing unreasonable restrictions on the use of our parks is inequitable & wrong.
— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) April 27, 2021
Matlow had argued that the pilot project, which would have run from May 21st until Halloween, would provide Torontonians with equal access to outdoor space, as many residents of the city do not have a backyard. The councillor took to Twitter to reveal that the committee referred the motion to staff, “with zero timelines for it coming back.”
“During this pandemic summer, the very time when we don’t want people congregating indoors, placing unreasonabl restrictions on the use of our parks is cowardly, dangerous, inequitable, and wrong.”
NEW: You will not be able to legally enjoy booze at a Toronto park or beach this summer. The Economic and Community development committee voting to refer Councillor Matlows motion to Licensing and Parks staff, which essentially kills the motion for now.
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— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) April 27, 2021
The project would have required that the alcohol content of the beverages to be less than or equal to 15 per cent. Additionally, the beverages would have only been allowed to be consumed at city-run parks and beaches between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Lead photo courtesy of Jamie on Flickr.