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NEWS: Nunavut June 20, 2016 - 3:59 pm

Nunavut board slaps suspensions on Elks, Kickin’ Caribou for liquor act breaches

Inspectors found intoxicated persons at each establishment

STEVE DUCHARME
The owners of the Kickin' Caribou Pub must pay a $4,000 fine and suffered a one-day licence suspension June 18 for allowing intoxicated persons on their premises. The Elks Lodge saw its club licence suspended from June 22 to June 25. (FILE PHOTO)
The owners of the Kickin' Caribou Pub must pay a $4,000 fine and suffered a one-day licence suspension June 18 for allowing intoxicated persons on their premises. The Elks Lodge saw its club licence suspended from June 22 to June 25. (FILE PHOTO)

The Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board has penalized two licenced establishments in Iqaluit for allowing intoxicated individuals to remain on their premises.

Iqaluit’s Elks Lodge, a private club, and the Kickin’ Caribou Pub, a licenced cocktail lounge located inside the Hotel Arctic, each received liquor license suspensions.

As well, the Kickin’ Caribou Pub’s owners must pay a $4,000 fine.

The board made the decisions June 17.

The Kickin’ Caribou Pub served its one-day suspension June 18, while the Elks Lodge was ordered to shut down from June 22 to June 25.

Neither bar could be reached for comment at the time of this article’s publication.

The Iqaluit Elks Lodge said on its Facebook page that it would close voluntarily two days early, starting June 20, and will not reopen until the following Monday.

The extra two days of closure will be for renovations, the Elks Club said on their Facebook page.

According to agreed statements of fact released with the Liquor Board decisions, a liquor inspector discovered a man at the Elks Lodge with “glossy, red eyes and slurring his words” on Nov. 28, 2015.

That man was having “trouble standing” and couldn’t communicate with the people he was sitting with.

The bartender on duty told the inspector he hadn’t served the man any alcohol since the start of his shift.

That incident, as well as another similar incident Oct. 9, 2015, contributed to the four-day suspension of the Elks Club licence.

The Liquor Board justified not issuing a fine to the Elks — which can be set at a maximum of $5,000 — because “a four-day suspension will involve a significant loss of revenue, probably greater than the maximum fine the Board can impose,” the decision said.

The $4,000 fine issued to the Kickin’ Caribou Pub relates to events witnessed by inspectors on Sept. 4, 2015.

According to the Liquor Board’s report, inspectors saw an intoxicated woman staggering and struggling to communicate with other people.

That episode occurred four days before the bar was found guilty for other counts of over-serving and allowing intoxicated persons on its premises dating back to February 2014.

For those February 2014 offences, the bar was fined $12,000 and ordered to shut down for four consecutive Fridays.

But the owners of the Kickin’ Caribou Bar, Kim and Donna Waters, appealed those fines and the issue is still before the courts.

While the bar owners pleaded guilty to the most recent infraction, their submission that they pay a fine of $2,500, with no closure of the bar, was not accepted by liquor board members.

“The board cannot in good conscience endorse a penalty submission that is unreasonable or contrary to the public interest,” the board said in its decision said.

The Kickin’ Caribou Bar owners have until the end of the month to pay the $4,000 fine.

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