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Dateline Cowichan: Concerns mount about community centre booze
The Cowichan Community Centre had yet to open its doors in October 1978 but already a controversy was brewing over its application for a liquor license.
Although the centre’s manager Cesare Gianna emphasized the liquor license was strictly for use in the theatre lounge during a play, opponents let local officials know they feared expansion of the license once it was approved.
Among those in opposition were Duncan United Church Elders. In their letter to the liquor control and licensing branch, they listed seven reasons. These included that students from Cow High would be using the premises; and the availability of liquor could spoil enjoyment of swimming, use of the library and other activities.
“It is quite probable that performances in the theatre will be spoiled by those who have over-indulged,” they wrote.
Other points raised included the suggestion there’d be traffic fatalities on James Street because of congestion and impaired driving.
The elders surmised beer and cider drinkers could be watching school sports; that granting of the application could lead to a real pub on the centre and on its grounds; and that under provincial law, the pub could be open 14 hours per day.
Construction was under way on Gibbins Road for a $1.5 million mobile home park. It was to be called Evergreen Place, and plans included room for 100 pads, a clubhouse, tenant workshop, laundry, tennis courts and a playground.
In the wake of a federal decision to abandon the E & N train service before year’s end, the island’s steering committee chair John Cooper said figures showed an 800 per cent increase in ridership in September over the same period the year before.
Graham Harper, June Cooke, Bill Saunders, Les Moore and Margaret Whittaker confirmed they were running for election in the upcoming school board election. Their platform was “to raise the standards and quality of education.”