A number of changes to B.C.’s liquor laws came into effect Monday, including one that will allow all types of businesses — such as barber shops, art galleries and spas — to apply for liquor licences.

However, the public won’t notice the vast majority of those changes right away because municipal governments have the final say about what takes place in their communities.

“People are mistaken if they believe they’re going to walk into a barber shop or salon today and have a beer or a glass of wine. It still requires sign-off by the municipalities,” said Vancouver-Point Grey NDP MLA David Eby, the opposition spokesperson for liquor. “Plus, there’s no guarantee people think this will be a useful part of their business model.”

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Jennifer Saltman – Vancouver Sun – January 24, 2017.

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