More good news
It seems like business as usual. There was no mention of it on the moccasin telegraph, no press conference at the Taku.
On July 4th the territorial government announced that Whitehorse would be receiving a brand spanking new Liquor Store. A Y.T.G. Press release announced that “ the move will take the liquor store out of what is essentially a residential area and place it into a high traffic commercial zone with a proper commercial parking”. And the floor space will have increased from 7000 square feet to 10000 square feet which will
“permit the corporation to offer a greater variety and selection of products”.
How about that! A bigger, better, liquor store with proper commercial parking to serve you better. Considering that 75% of Yukon adults are alcoholics, it would seem that such a facility is desperately needed and spending more tax dollars on an enlarged facility is justifiable.
In 1979-1980 alcohol related problems cost the Yukon $11.64 million. Sales were $9,92 million for the same period. A 'minimal net loss” of $1.72 million, according to a report on drug and alcohol use in the Yukon prepared for YTG by Denecki Corporation in 1987. “it is not unreasonable to expect that this net loss continues to exist... some benefits is accrued through distribution and sales... within the Yukon at this time, no alcohol beverages are produced, thus the Yukon Government has no economic benefit to off-set the production/problem equation on the production side”.
So instead of trying to off-set the problem (through governments, territorial and federal would argue that trough the programs and services that they offer, everything possible is being done) the government and its corporation decide what's needed is a larger Liquor Store. And guess what
“Construction is slated to begin this month (July) with the new store scheduled to be open in time for Christmas, 1990”.
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