That was then: Liquor-saturated Ottawa faces ‘accidents and sorrow’


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(By the use of comparability, there are at present greater than 800 licensed institutions in Ottawa, together with roughly 580 eating places and bars, 23 resorts, eight army services, two hair salons and two funeral properties.)

Information of the newest approvals was, in response to the Citizen, “obtained with some dismay by anti-liquor forces right here at the moment.”

Mrs. Evelyn Christie, native president of the Girls’s Christian Temperance Union, mentioned she was “very disillusioned.

“Plainly they (the LCBO) are simply giving them out proper and left. There is no such thing as a doubt about it, extra retailers imply extra consuming, and the extra consuming the extra accidents and sorrow.”

First United Church minister Rev. H. M. Rae, in the meantime, who attended the licence listening to the earlier Could to specific his opposition, once more voiced his dissatisfaction. “There doesn’t appear to me a lot use in protesting to the town or to anybody else,” he mentioned. “It is extremely disturbing to be taught that extra retailers are to be established right here for Ottawa is already extra liquor-saturated than another group in Ontario.”

A narrative on Web page three of the identical paper indicated some comparable opinions held on the alternative aspect of the Ottawa River, the place eight of the 10 Roman Catholic parish clergymen primarily based their Sunday sermons that week on the “inadequacy and lack of enforcement” of Quebec’s liquor legal guidelines, noting that one liquor or beer merchandising allow had already been issued for each 500 Hull residents.

“We should deplore the grant of one other tavern licence in Hull,” learn the opening ready textual content of the sermon, “regardless that there are extra liquor and beer meting out items than are essential to guarantee an trustworthy service to the inhabitants.”

The manager of Hull’s Morality League, in the meantime, had already written a letter to Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis, asking that the newest tavern licence issued be instantly revoked.

bdeachman@postmedia.com