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Southern Alberta city council votes against ending century-old liquor ban

RAYMOND, ALBERTA — The council of a southern Alberta town that has been arid for more than a century has voted against a motion allowing restaurants to serve alcohol.

Six out of seven councilors in the town of Raymond, about 240 kilometers south of Calgary, voted against the motion to change a bylaw after just over half of town residents who responded to a poll indicated that they were not in favor of the change.

Kurtis Pratt, executive director of Raymond, said 462 of the 890 residents who took part said they were not in favor of allowing restaurants to serve alcohol, no matter how much it might help. local economy.

He says that means Raymond will continue to ban alcohol service in all establishments.

There are no liquor stores in the town of 4,000, but people can buy liquor from nearby communities to drink at home.

Temporary licenses can be obtained to serve alcohol at weddings and special occasions.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 20, 2022.

The Canadian Press