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The Be Green Beer Challenge!
Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2008 | 04:50 PM AT
So here's the deal:
No, the heavy hitters in this ball game are in fact the Borough of Ville Marie and you, the public!
Picture this: you order a drink on St Catherine. If you happen to be sitting INSIDE the bar or restaurant, chances are you'll get served in a glass glass (i.e. the washable, breakable, eco-friendly variety). If you're outside on the terrace however, you'll probably be drinking your sangria or beer out of a plastic cup. Why the difference? Turns out it's a by-law. A public safety issue. Breakable glasses are forbidden because they can be a hazard.
Are you having trouble with this? I know I am. So I called the Borough of Ville Marie for a clarification. A lovely man called Jacques-Alain Lavallée (he's in charge of communications with citizens and media types) said this:
Erm... How does this address the issue of public safety? Are restaurants with drinking patrons somehow safer than bars who serve drinks and snacks? And if the patrons themselves are the issue, then why are bars allowed to serve beer and other drinks in real glasses INSIDE the bar (just not on the terrace)? And honestly, on a closed off terrace, is public safety REALLY an issue like it would be in more crowded situations like a ballpark or stadium?
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