Transportation of Liquor Addressed in Legislation

first_img Responsible drivers in Nova Scotia will not be prosecuted forhaving unopened liquor in any area of a motor vehicle. The change is the result of amendments to the Liquor Control Actintroduced today, April 19, by Ernest Fage, Minister responsiblefor the Liquor Control Act. “We wanted to clarify this piece of legislation to ensure thatthe real issue is addressed, and that is the issue of havingopened liquor in the passenger compartment of a vehicle,” saidMr. Fage. “Sealed, unopened liquor is allowed in any area of avehicle.” As a result of the changes, previously opened liquor, which hasbeen recapped or recorked, may be transported in the trunk oranother part of a vehicle designed for carrying baggage or goods;behind the rear seat of vehicles that do not have a trunk (suchas vans, hatch-backs); or in an exterior compartment, such as thebed of a truck. Further, liquor may be transported under alicence or permit that is issued under the act. The changes also outline how liquor is to be transported on amotorcycle, off-highway vehicle and other recreational vehicles.Specifically, the Act will now allow previously opened liquor tobe transported in a baggage compartment or otherwise inaccessiblearea. The opened liquor cannot be readily accessible to the driver orpassengers. Cases where liquor is open — the cap or cork is removed — in amotor vehicle will continue to be prosecuted. Additional changes to the Act include permitting thetransportation of liquor to any location where a person ispermitted to have or consume liquor. Previously, liquor couldonly be transported to a place of residence. N.S. LIQUOR CORP.–Transportation of Liquor Addressed inLegislationlast_img read more

Deteriorating security threatens peace process in Afghanistan UN envoy

In an open briefing to the Council, Lakhdar Brahimi, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said although specific aspects of the Bonn Peace Agreement are proceeding, “the process as a whole is challenged by deterioration in the security environment, which stems from daily harassment and intimidation, inter-ethnic and inter-factional strife, increases in the activity of elements linked to the Taliban and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and the drugs economy.”Mr. Brahimi told the Council that rivalries between factions and local commanders, impunity for human rights violations, and the daily harassment of ordinary Afghan citizens by both commanders and local security forces were all too common. “There are also now almost daily attacks by elements hostile to the central government and those who support it,” he added. He noted that the attacks had of late been directed at international humanitarian organizations, and as these become more threatening, “the pressure to suspend or withdraw operations increases.” The UN was also undertaking a critical review of its operations and of its security measures, he added.Mr. Brahimi stressed that security would even be more vital for the preparation and organization of the country’s elections called for under Bonn. The UN Mission there is in the process of establishing an electoral unit and early planning for the national voter registration, he said, adding that Afghanistan’s own electoral capacity is not yet ready.The Transitional Authority, with the support of various UN agencies and international organizations, is trying to help resolve these tensions however, “insecurity and the absence of effective state judicial institutions, unfortunately, remains the rule rather than the exception,” he said. “Clearly the ultimate solution to such problems lies in creating Afghan security forces capable of ensuring peace,” Mr. Brahimi said, stressing that senior military leaders must match their verbal support for a multi-ethnic army with actions to demobilize their own forces to ensure that the new army will be under civilian control.Although the Bonn process could never be expected to be easy, Mr. Brahimi warned, “there is a real but still avoidable risk that the Bonn process will stall if security is not extended to the regions, and that Afghans will lose confidence in the central government if it cannot protect them.” read more