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February 04, 2014

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BCs new liquor laws: health aspects cannot be overlooked

BC’s proposed new liquor laws have grabbed the headlines for allowing people to buy and consume alcohol in more places, but the recommendations related to health were largely overlooked.

Among the 73 recommendations of the BC Liquor Policy Review, fully supported by the provincial government, are several that make BC’s approach to alcohol more responsive to health concerns.

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will now be required to collaborate with health experts to design educational materials and, more importantly, consider how to price the many thousands of its alcoholic products so that they are not too cheap and their price reflects their degree of potential harmfulness.

Two University of Victoria experts who have extensively studied liquor policies and the social impacts of alcohol are available to comment on the risk of implementing the politically popular recommendations without also implementing those that protect people’s health and safety.

Dr. Tim Stockwell (CARBC/Dept. of Psychology) is UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) director, and a researcher in alcohol policy. His submission to BC’s Liquor Policy Review on behalf of CARBC included a number of specific recommendations for provincial policies to better consider the health and social impacts of alcohol. (Office: 250-472-5445 or timstock@uvic.ca)

Dr. Kara Thompson (CARBC/research associate) co-authored the report, “Reducing alcohol-related harms and costs in British Columbia: A provincial summary report.” She is an expert in alcohol policy and youth substance use. (cell: 250 661 6397 or murrayk@uvic.ca)


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Experts on federal budget

The following University of Victoria faculty members can discuss the Feb. 11 federal budget:

Elisabeth Gugl (Dept. of Economics) is an economist who teaches in the areas of labour economics, public finance and microeconomic theory. Dr. Gugl studies family economics and the decision-making that takes place within families, and can comment on what implications the budget might have for families. (Office: 250-721-8538 or egugl@uvic.ca)

Michael J. Prince (Human & Social Development) can provide perspective on the new federal budget and any significant changes from the previous one. Specifically, he can explore further details “on the problematic Canada Job Grants measure announced in the 2013 budget and roundly criticized by all provinces, as well as the legislation on renewing critical transfer payments to the provinces.” Dr. Prince is UVic’s Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy and a political scientist who studies public government, disability issues, seniors’ benefits, pension reform and more. (To arrange interviews in advance, please contact Dr. Prince by email at mprince@uvic.ca)


UVic-produced video interview with Dr. Michael J. Prince


UVic-produced video interview with Dr. Elisabeth Gugl


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