Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci delivers Budget 2017.
It has been rather quiet on the beer policy and politics front recently. No updates on the ongoing legal disputes around Alberta’s mark-up policy and brewers’ grant program (for a summary read here), no big announcements or controversies – just the usual. Saskatchewan is plugging away […]
I learned of a political beer initiative the other day. It is called Coule Pas Chez Nous!, and it is a collaboration beer by an advocacy group of the same name partnering with 20 Quebec breweries. Some of the proceeds of the beer will go to fund the group’s campaign to stop the Energy East […]
An Oilers Nation branded beer is coming to Edmonton
It has been a while since I have attempted a Random Acts post (they are turning out to be ALMOST as time consuming to prepare as my previous news roundups). Life has been busy.
This post I don’t want to focus so much on the […]
Earlier today (Nov 10) a Calgary judge granted injunctions to Great Western Brewing and Steam Whistle as part of their ongoing legal challenges to the Alberta government’s beer mark-up policy (read the CBC story here). For background on the issue read my previous posts here and here.
Officially, Steam Whistle’s injunction is an extension on […]
The last day or two were busy days in the beer world. There were a number of stories I was tempted to respond to on Twitter, but as I haven’t yet got the hang of that particular platform, I opted to desist. However, there are three stories I feel the need to fill readers in […]
And Great Western makes three.
There are now three lawsuits (okay, two lawsuits and a trade complaint) against the Alberta government’s new beer mark-up policy. Saskatoon’s Great Western Brewing officially launched a lawsuit yesterday (read one of a few possible media stories here). They join Toronto’s Steam Whistle and Calgary importer Artisan Ales in challenging […]
Yesterday the opposition Wildrose Party (not to be confused with Calgary’s Wild Rose Brewing) in Alberta released a policy plan (read here) around the beer industry. It is a response to the NDP government’s recent series of announcements (read here for background). They call it their “6-Pack Plan for Alberta Beer Producers and Consumers”.
A complaint under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) – a trade deal signed between provinces and the federal government in 1994 – against the Alberta government’s new mark-up policies has been forwarded to a formal hearing, according to a press release from the Canadian Constitution Foundation. The complaint was formally filed by import agency […]
Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, ASBA ED Terry Rock and Finance Minister Joe Ceci pull a couple pints. (Photo courtesy of Calgary Herald)
As I feared/suspected, the Alberta government announced the details of its brewery grant program last week while I was being completely, joyously unproductive. But you wouldn’t know it from reading the media […]
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
Wow! People are really worked up about Alberta’s policy changes and the war of words between Premiers Notley and Wall. The coverage and debate just keeps going on and on. I have had (likely more) than my share of media requests. Maybe it is good that people are that passionate […]