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NEWS: Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut liquor board fines two Iqaluit licence holders

Elks, Navigator Inn’s Chartroom Lounge plead guilty to allowing intoxicated persons to remain on their premises

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The operators of the Navigator Inn’s Chartroom Lounge pleaded guilty March 16 to allowing intoxicated persons to remain on their premises and were fined $5,000 by the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board. The B.P.O. Elks Club also pleaded guilty to allowing intoxicated persons to remain on their premises and were fined $5,000. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
The operators of the Navigator Inn’s Chartroom Lounge pleaded guilty March 16 to allowing intoxicated persons to remain on their premises and were fined $5,000 by the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board. The B.P.O. Elks Club also pleaded guilty to allowing intoxicated persons to remain on their premises and were fined $5,000. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)

The Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board imposed fines worth $5,000 each on two bars in Iqaluit March 16 for allowing drunken customers to remain on the premises.

The Chartroom Lounge, located at the Navigator Inn, and the B.P.O. Elks Club in Iqaluit answered the charges with guilty pleas at show of cause hearings held before the liquor board.

“The Board accepted the joint submission made by the license holders and Liquor Enforcement in each of these cases and imposed the maximum fine in each case of $5,000,” the board said in a news release March 17.

Establishments licensed to serve alcohol in Nunavut have an obligation, shared with the board, “to ensure the safe and responsible use of alcohol in the community,” board chair John Maurice said in the release.

“This contravention constitutes a clear breach of that responsibility.”

Board records show the Elks charge relates to an incident on Feb. 17, and the Chartroom case to a Feb. 13 incident in which inspectors observed drunken patrons during spot checks.

The board adjourned a third hearing related to operations at the Storehouse Bar and Grill until June 20 “at the request of the license holder and with the consent of liquor enforcement,” the board said.

The Storehouse hearing relates to allegations of allowing intoxicated patrons on the premises and serving alcohol to intoxicated customers.

The Storehouse, located at the Frobisher Inn, faces six counts alleging infractions on four different dates between March 2016 and January 2017.

Five years ago, the Chartroom Lounge suffered more serious license suspensions in addition to fines for serving alcohol to intoxicated clients and allowing drunken persons on their premises.

In the most recent ruling, the board issued no suspensions to either establishment.

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(7) Comments:

#1. Posted by Frank on March 17, 2017

Is this an attempt at humor on the part of liquor enforcement? Go in any night at any establishment and observe. What does one see? The bars would be practically empty if this regulation were adhered to 100%. Especially the Nav and the Nova. Period.

#2. Posted by bob on March 17, 2017

Intoxicated means to lose control of your behavior. There may be tons of people buzzed or just feeling good but after losing control (slurred speech, repetitive/obnoxious and/or loud talking, or just easily angered, etc.) then it’s time to go home. It’s a grey area sometimes that is judged subjectively.

#3. Posted by Lori Cameron on March 17, 2017

If the businesses have been found guilty before, it seems the law is not a deterrent.  It is so tragically sad that people think profits are more important than Human Beings.

#4. Posted by Stewie on March 17, 2017

So the f what?
What are the authorities afraid of…waking up all the tourists staying upstairs at the Nav in March or Iqaluit’s worldwide reputation as an oasis of fine dining and scenic beach views?
As long as they get them into a cab it’s consenting adult behaviour.
Now, if they really wanted to help heal local society, they would give free singing courses to the folks that stumble through old tear jerking tunes on Karaoke night.
And bring back free, pre-salted peanuts…

#5. Posted by Rebel Inuk Dude on March 19, 2017

Capitalism at its best.

#6. Posted by Samantha on March 20, 2017

Question: What does the Liquor board do with the fine money or the taxes from liquor sales?

#7. Posted by Chicken noggin on March 22, 2017

Wonder if the Snack will get fined this year?

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