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BBQ Cancellation Notice

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** Reminder….. ———————————————————— Hey CAMRA Members and Craft Beer Enthusiasts,
Just a friendly reminder that the previously scheduled BBQ for this upcoming Saturday has been cancelled until further notice, due to scheduling/logistical issues. We do hope to try and have one at some point, so stay tuned.
However, we are still committed to August events. First off, Sunday August 26th at 1pm is our ‘Beer on the Beach,’ peaceful protest at the Gorge Waterway/Craigflower Schoolhouse Greenspace on the corner of Gorge and Admirals Roads. Come join your CAMRA Victoria members for a respectful, peaceful family friendly ‘picnic protest’ to shed light on capability that municipalities hold to allow for the temporary allowance of the law-abiding comsumption of alcohol in a public place. All members are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice, (be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic,) and possibly a lawn chair as seating is limited at the park.
CAMRA Vancouver held the inaugural ‘Beer on the Beach,’ at English Bay last summer, which garnered positive media coverage and went off without a hitch, with no tickets, complaints or negativity of any kind. Both the Municipality of Sannich and Sannich Police have been notified, so we hope to have a similar result.
Finally, two days later on August 30th we’ll be holding our annual Pretzel Making night at Eagles Club on 891 Esquimalt Road. As you know, we have had a successful 2 years of selling them at our booth during GCBF, with them selling out both days of the festival. Our goal this year is to make 800 necklaces, so the more members we can get the better success we’ll have. The necklaces are easy to make, and the exec will be providing all of the supplies.
While making the necklaces, we’ll be watching a beer-themed movie to get us in the mood. Snacks and(or) goodies may also be available, and beer will be available to purchase at the bar, cash only.
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CAMRA – Victoria August Events

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Hello CAMRA Victoria Members and Craft Beer Enthusiasts We have two important events this month that we thought you should know about.

CAMRA Victoria Beer on the Beach Protest. Sunday, August 26. 1pm Gorge Waterway/Greenspace next to Craigflower School House
Welcome to the heat of the summer season (quite literally!).
What better way to tip our hats to the sun-gods than a ‘Beer on the Beach’ picnic protest in favour of more liberal consumption of alcohol in public places legislation.
The inaugural Beer on the Beach event was held by CAMRA Vancouver last year on English Bay and garnered some great media coverage and without any tickets, complaints, instances of any negative nature.
So please mark your calendars for August 26th where members are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice (be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to the green space behind the Craigflower Schoolhouse alongside Admirals Road at 1pm.
We will hold a respectful, peaceful, family friendly ‘picnic protest’ to shed light on the capability that municipalities hold to allow for the temporary allowance for the law-abiding consumption of alcohol in a public space.
This is also to show solidarity to the Vancouver branch and other provincial branches slated to hold similar events on the same day. Please read the attached letter
which has been distributed to the Municipality of Saanich as well as the Saanich Police Department.
Any questions or concerns please send us an email ( and hope to see you at the event.
CAMRA Victoria Pretzel Necklace Making Party w/Movie Thursday, August 30. 6:30 – 9:00pm The Eagles Club 891 Esquimalt Road, Victoria
We need your help. For the CAMRA booth at GCBF, we will be once again selling Pretzel Necklaces. Due to the overwhelming success of last years sales, we need to make alot. Proceeds from the necklaces go to fund some of the CAMRA events.
We need volunteers to help make the necklaces. What would be a better way than having a party while making them.
On Thursdat, August 30 come help your executive make 800 necklaces for the Sept 7/8 event.
The necklaces are easy to make, and the exec will providing all the supplies.
While making the necklaces, we will be watching Beerfest to get in the mood. There may also be some goodies.
Beer will be available for purchase (cash only) at the bar.
If drinking, drink responsibly and plan for a safe ride home.
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Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Society of Victoria. B.C. -Beer on the Beach Protest – August 26, 2018 1pm

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Att: Municipality of Saanich Mayor and Council

RE: CAMRA Victoria to hold Picnic on the Beach to Advocate for Responsible Public Drinking Rights

On August 26, 2018, members of The Campaign for Real Ale British Columbia will hold responsible Picnic Protests within each of the four chapter locations: Victoria, Vancouver, Powell River, and South Okanagan. While this type of activity is generally considered an average Sunday in many other cities, in each of the above locations, it’s breaking the law.

Under provincial liquor policies, “a public place, or part of it, may be designated, by a bylaw of the municipality or regional district that has jurisdiction over the public place, as a place where liquor may be consumed” (s 73, Liquor Control and Licensing Act of British Columbia). CAMRA BC President Paddy Treavor states, “For decades, it has been allowable by BC liquor policies for the public consumption of alcohol in the province’s public spaces in certain circumstances. Despite this allowance, few, if any, municipalities or regional districts have taken the necessary steps to allow for controlled liquor consumption in public spaces and we all know that does not mean that liquor is not being covertly and responsibly enjoyed in these same places. CAMRA BC would like to see this change.”

CAMRA Victoria has planned a family friendly event where members are encouraged to bring their kids, beach games, and a lunch – and some members will be bringing a beer to drink responsibly at the event as a form of protest. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available.   We will carry out any and all waste the event creates. It should be noted that this will be a small group of responsible society members. Attendees will be aware this is not a celebration but a brief and responsible protest in picnic form.

We have arrived at Craigflower-Kosapsom Park for its central location and access to washrooms and bus routes (next to the schoolhouse).  The municipality of Saanich can grant this area as temporarily available area for people to responsibly consume alcohol so that our peaceful picnic does not cross any bylaws.  If the municipality does not wish to grant this area we plan to proceed with our picnic and members may choose to bring an alcoholic beverage to consume on site. We will also provided this letter to the Saanich Police Department.  The same courtesy was granted to the Vancouver Police Department and city council during last year’s event.

In 2017 CAMRA Vancouver held a successful picnic protest at the much more populated English Bay.  No issues were reported nor tickets written and the media coverage of the event was very favourable and can easily be found online via reputable outlets such as CBC, Vancouver Sun and Global.  Please direct any questions/replies to our email: and we hope we can begin a dialogue in advance of August 26th to address any of your concerns.

Thank you for your Attention and Consideration,

Greg Garner


CAMRA Victoria

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