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LETTERS: Nunavut May 01, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Does the Ikaluktutiak Elks club enable drinking and driving?

How do they prevent people who have been drinking from driving home?

The Cambridge Bay Elks club building. (FILE PHOTO)
The Cambridge Bay Elks club building. (FILE PHOTO)

The Ikaluktutiak Elks of Cambridge Bay is an establishment that has helped a lot of people in its community.

Each year during the annual Omingmak Frolics, they put on a fine free pancake breakfast, and throughout the year also at times like Christmas and Easter.

They have a wonderful Christmas gift giveaway for the children of Cambridge Bay each year, which is a fine success that the kids love. I believe they sponsor local sports teams, which allow them to travel to various events.

But have you seen how many vehicles are parked there each night that they are open? How do they prevent people who have been drinking from driving home?

You see commercial vehicles from local businesses and Government of Nunavut work vehicles.

Yes, I am sure they have pop, coffee and tea available, but it is a licensed establishment. Every week, pallets of beer arrive on the airlines. How many times have these pallets taken priority of freight for others? But that’s another letter altogether.

They may provide phone numbers for local taxi companies and even phone the taxi directly for the patrons.

But do they ensure the driver leaves the keys to the vehicle until the next day? In the summer or spring this is no problem, but in the middle of winter when it’s -40 C and they don’t want to leave the truck there to freeze overnight?

If you just drive by the Elks the next morning, whether it’s Saturday or Sunday morning (yes, the Elks does open on the odd Saturday, and who can forget Wednesday morning when they have their Tuesday night dart league running?) their parking lot is conspicuously empty.

Also empty are a fair number of GN offices whose employees may have called in “sick” on Wednesday.

Did they provide designated drivers to everyone who drove there that night? Or do they turn a blind eye and serve each person who entered, regardless if they drove in their own vehicle or walked over?

We can’t put everything on the Elks. The RCMP detachment is right across the street. It’s no secret that they imbibe at this establishment.

If we could ensure the safety of the residents of our community, we would all be a little safer. Spring is here and we have more and more children walking around in the evenings. Summer is around the corner and school will be out soon.

Concerned Citizen
Cambridge Bay
(Name withheld by request)

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(12) Comments:

#1. Posted by Abstain on May 01, 2018

It is funny, you hear all the hubus and commotion going on after hours and who’s going home with you?  LOL the regulars don’t show up to work, it’s soo obvious.  The GN will have to have a special leave code for ‘Elk’s Night Out.’  Guess where they were last night?  It’s a club for old men and single, young Inuit women.  LOL, just come on over for a drink and we can play Charades, never mind Elks.  But kudos to ELKs for their contributions to non profit groups!  CB Elks seems to do a lot more good in order to do some bad stuff, balance!  Don’t drink and drive!

#2. Posted by How Many Miss Work on Child Tax Day on May 01, 2018

How Many people don’t go to work the day after child tax comes in? How many people don’t work and get SA? The Elks for the majority is attended by the working public. I am guessing those who don’t go to work the next day, must feel its a sick day like their counterparts who just don’t show up with no reason at all…...

As far as drinking and driving thats up to those who do it. Let them get caught and loose there licence. Believe it or not some people do not get entirely wasted at Elks, and drink 1 or 2 beers in a 3 hour period and can drive home.

Sounds like someone who has not much to do and pick on a group that does alot of good things for the community.

#3. Posted by Unknown on May 01, 2018

Why bother complaining nothing gets done! Stand up to the committee instead of complaining to News Papers! Voice your concerns don’t be afraid of long term employees or long term members it just goes in one ear and out the other anyways!

#4. Posted by MADD on May 01, 2018

The issue is not about people missing work. The issue is drinking and driving, or alleged drinking and driving. Its not just people losing their license that’s the risk. People have the right to be able to walk down the road without fear of being killed by a drunk driver. 3 children were killed in Manitoba this week , while out walking and riding their bikes, by a drunk driver. That could be one of our kids if we turn a blind eye to drunk drivers, especially with the long daylight hours. If it is too cold to walk or you don’t have a D.D. be a responsible adult and stay home!

#5. Posted by Jobi on May 02, 2018

Request check-stop in your community. Every road going in & out of Elks. Make sure not announced. Prob get some DUIs.

#6. Posted by Ikaluktutiakmiut on May 02, 2018

GN needs to put a stop to government employees using government vehicles for personal use. GN also needs to do an audit of leave for all its staff. How many of those GN employees actually call in sick every Wednesday and how many of them has used up all their sick leave, etc.

#7. Posted by Cambaymiut on May 02, 2018

RCMP officers seen at local bar while off duty! Shocking accusations that police officers do regular person things when out of uniform stuns community members! News at 11.

#8. Posted by #6 whats an audit? on May 02, 2018

If they did an audit of not just Wednesday but every day…. How many GN workers don’t show up with no phone call, don’t have any leave left? how many use GN vehicles and buildings to work on machines, go get groceries, take friends to the airport, pick up personal cargo etc. The Elks is the last worry for this, lets deal with all the other uses and missed time first. but wait then we wouldn’t have anyone left working at the GN once we fired all those offenders…...

#9. Posted by inuk on May 02, 2018

the RCMP station is right across the street from the ELKS in Cambridge. And ELKS does great services for our community, a great non prophet organization.

#10. Posted by Ikaluktutiak on May 02, 2018

Since it’s a tell all.

We all know those GN employees who go to work late, take long coffee breaks and leave early.  We see you.

GN,  It’s time this new government do something about all of this. 

Nothing against Elks. They do great work for the community.

Don’t drink and drive.

#11. Posted by Long time Community Member on May 03, 2018

The local Taxis’ are never available when the Elk’s is getting ready to close because they are busy driving people home from there. People do have family and friends who would never say “no” when called and asked to be picked up and driven home with the vehicle they drove there with. There are lots of responsible people in the community who can enjoy the night with a coffee, pop, water or a drink! Just because one goes to the Elks does not mean that they are only going there to drink alcohol.

#12. Posted by Evelyn Thordarson on May 04, 2018

I don’t get what the story really is about as commenters are talking about people who don’t show up the next day for work. If one is going to pick on the Elk’s Club then you have to paint every establishment that serves alcohol with the same brush.The owners cannot ask for their patrons keys if there is no one at their establishment early in the morning for someone to pick up their car and keys. IF you don’t want people to drink and drive then the local RCMP could have a car set up close to the parking lot and pull people over. Proprietors can make sure that they are not over serving customers as that is in their control but they are not responsible for patrons who drink and drive.

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