‘Bring your own wine’ comes to B.C. restaurants with change to liquor laws

The provincial government has announced changes to liquor regulations that will allow diners to bring their own bottle of wine into participating restaurants.

Rich Coleman, the Minister of Energy and Mines, made the announcement Thursday morning in Langley. The changes — which apply to establishments with liquor licences — take effect immediately and apply to wine only.

“This is big for a lot of people in the hospitality sector,” Coleman said.

The government said the change is something the restaurant industry has requested and sees the regulatory change as a way to get more people into restaurants, which will be able to charge a corkage fee to open and serve wine brought by diners.

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The Pie News – How is social responsibility changing international education?

CCEL, a Canadian English-language college, has dramatically altered the way it teaches its international clientele, out of an aim to be more sustainable. In 2007, the company was shocked to be handed an award for recycling a large amount of paper. In response to the award, the management decided to cut the amount of paper the school used – by 100%. The target to cut paper consumption forced CCEL to take an entirely new approach to business.

“We have eliminated textbooks from our classrooms by creating an online interactive web-based curriculum. We’re able to update it more frequently than a textbook – it’s always changing and evolving.”

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Panjin Red Beach, China

The Red Beach is located in the Liaohe River Delta, about 30 kilometer southwest of Panjin City in China. The beach gets its name from its appearance, which is caused by a type of sea weed that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil. The weed that start growing during April or May remains green during the summer. In autumn, this weed turns flaming red, and the beach looks as if it was covered by an infinite red carpet that creates a rare red sea landscape. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.