Prediction

Gather around the window of time, Australia. Your future awaits:

There’s a “bar” on Edmonton’s north side that’s not really a bar. It’s called Keep It Simple, and it’s a private club for recovering alcoholics and drug abusers in 12-step programs. Needless to say, a very large majority of such people smoke cigarettes. On July 1 the City of Edmonton stepped up its ban on public smoking, allowing only establishments with a liquor license to permit smoking indoors. As Jason Markusoff reports in today’s Edmonton Journal, a bylaw enforcement officer visited Keep It Simple and ordered the club to get a liquor license.

Yes, you read that right–an officer enforcing a health regulation ordered a club for recovering alcoholics to get a liquor license. But wait–it gets worse. The club’s application was turned down by the province.

You know what you get when you cut a Canadian flag into thin ribbons with a stanley knife? A lot of red tape!

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