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Liquor laws: Do some need to be relaxed?

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beer-astoria-225.jpgFestival-goers in Ontario will soon be able to take their beverages outside the confines of the beer tent thanks to new regulations to be introduced in time for summer.

Festival attendees will still have to consume their drinks within a "defined area," but will have the right to wander freely at retail stalls, said Chris Bentley, the province's attorney general.

There's been "overwhelming" public support for Ontario to relax its liquor laws, Bentley said. Supporters of the relaxed regulations want the government to go a step further and take a second look at restrictions for boat cruises and patios, he said.

Even if the changes are made, municipalities and police will still have the right to say no, Bentley added. The province also intends to keep enforcing "responsible behaviour."

There have been other calls for changes to liquor laws in Canada recently. On May 13, broadcaster Terry David Mulligan carried a briefcase of assorted B.C. red wine across the British Columbia-Alberta boundary Friday to protest the federal Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act of 1928.

The law that was enacted to stop domestic bootlegging still stands 83 years later and bans all movement of liquor and wine over provincial boundaries unless authorized by the receiving province's liquor board.

Mulligan was not arrested.

-With files from the Canadian Press

Do you believe particular liquor laws need to be relaxed? Would you prefer more freedom to move around at an event with a drink or do you like the idea of the beer tent? Let us know in the comments below.

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