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Proposal to reduce Nain's bar hours brings controversy

A proposal to reduce the operating hours of bars in Nain has the community divided.
The local alcohol committee in Nain is recommending to the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation that the operating hours of bars in the community be reduced. (Stock photo)

A proposal to reduce the operating hours of bars in the Labrador community of Nain has the community divided.

"There are politicians who don't want to touch this because there's a split in agreement in what should happen," said Tony Andersen, AngajukKak or mayor of Nain.

"Should we ban alcohol? Should we remove bars? It is a real hot potato."

The community's alcohol committee made a recommendation to the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation that bars open at 7 p.m. instead of the current 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. except on Saturday night when closing time would be 2 a.m.

Andersen doesn't think many people go to the bars at 4 p.m., but people will go for some drinks as an happy hour social. 

Andersen is unsure if changing bar hours will make a difference.

"It may not stop people from drinking any less. Alcohol is readily available from the liquor store or bootlegger," he said.

There is no word on a decision about changes to the bar hours.

Andersen cautions that the community has to be careful.

"We have to watch that what we do as a council and what the alcohol committee does will not make things worse," he said.