Mike Layton wants bars serving drinks at 6 a.m. for Olympic hockey
Councillor proposes motion to extend serving hours in Toronto
Coun. Mike Layton wants Toronto to be able to celebrate Canada's medals at the Sochi Olympics with a drink.
The problem is, the time difference between Sochi and Toronto means many competitions happen in the early hours of the morning, before alcohol can legally be served.
So the rookie city councillor proposed a motion that would allow Toronto bars to serve booze from 6 a.m. during the final four days of the Olympics, when medals could be on the line for Canada's men's and women's hockey teams.
The women’s bronze-medal game airs at 7 a.m. on Feb. 20 and the men’s gold-medal game at 7 a.m. on Feb. 23. The city has previously allowed extended licenses during FIFA World Cup events, when there was a similar time difference.
"When you have occasions like this when there are events of municipal significance — national and international significance — sometimes you've got to relax those rules," said Layton.
It would apply city-wide, except in Wards 9 and 24. Councillors there — Maria Augimeri in Ward 9 and David Shiner in Ward 24 — don't think extended hours are necessary.
Mayor Rob Ford has already spoken out in favour of the motion, saying it would be good for business but it would be "rough" drinking that early.