Vancouverites aren't all that different from the rest of their fellow Canadians. They like their hockey, they like their beer, and they find the two go very well together.
Unfortunately, on Sunday, when Canada and Sweden face off for Olympic gold in men's hockey, anyone watching the game at a bar or pub will have to do so lightly influenced by a different beverage. Ginger ale. Milk. Water. Anything but beer.
While the B.C government showed a little flexibility this week, allowing pubs and bars to remain open for the gold medal game, which airs at 4 a.m. local time, those establishments will still be forbidden from serving their primary function.
And by their primary function, I of course mean alcohol. The province was unwilling to go all the way with their concessions, as last call will remain 2am, two hours before puck drop.
Justice minister Suzanne Anton explains, from the Vancouver Sun:
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"Twenty-four-hour liquor is problematic. We haven't permitted that in the past so we're not