Community in Canada’s eastern Arctic to vote on liquor restrictions

Currently, there is no alcohol allowed in the community of about 700 people. (Google)60 per cent of vote needed to lift alcohol ban in community

Residents in Kugaaruk, a predominantly Inuit community of approximately 700 people in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, will vote in a liquor plebiscite later this month.

The hamlet of about 700 people currently does not allow alcohol in the community.

Sixty per cent of voters will need to be in favour in order to change the ban.

“I believe it will be a very close plebiscite,” said Greg Holitzki, the senior administrative officer for Kugaaruk. “There’s quite a few people who do not want alcohol, there’s quite a few people that do, so I think it’s a very mixed group of people it our community and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.”

Holitzki said a petition with signatures was filed to the hamlet in December.

Advanced polls are on Feb. 18, and the regular voting day is Feb. 25.

Elections Nunavut will tabulate the results.

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