Nunavut government wants feedback on beer and wine store

Survey available online, with responses due March 15

The Nunavut government is looking for feedback on Iqaluit’s beer and wine store as the end of the pilot project approaches. (File photo)

By Emma Tranter

The Nunavut government wants to hear what residents think about Iqaluit’s beer and wine store.

The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission launched a survey on Feb. 15 that asks for feedback on the store’s impacts on the community.

The store opened as a three-year pilot project in 2017, ending in 2020.

As the end of the pilot project approaches, participation in the survey will “help provide an understanding of the store’s impacts on the community, help the NULC improve operations, and help inform the GN’s decision about the store going forward,” the commission said in a news release.

The 37-question survey is available online until March 15.

The survey asks participants to choose “very satisfied,” “somewhat satisfied,” ” neutral,” “somewhat dissatisfied,” “no opinion,” “don’t know,” or “prefer not to disclose,” in response to questions about the store’s hours, limits on quantities, product selection and more. It also asks for feedback on the store’s impacts on the community.

Paper copies of the survey are also available at the Iqaluit beer and wine store or at government liaison offices outside Iqaluit.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is completely confidential, the release said.

The NULC put out a similar survey in 2018, around the one-year anniversary of the store’s opening.

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(10) Comments:

  1. Posted by Voter on

    Pilot project was for 3 years. Sept 6 2017, this year will make it the 3 years.
    The survey should not be used to determine if the store should remain open or not.
    Do another community vote. I know a lot of people who votes yes for their own personal reasons now would change their vote.
    This survey is convenient for anyone with access to a computer, but there is no easy way to complete the survey for elders, people with no computers, and people with no access to computers.

    • Posted by iThink on

      The community already voted for the beer & wine store, unless there is compelling evidence that it is a failure or liability there is no reason to put resources into another vote. Second hand anecdotes about remorse don’t seem that compelling to me.

      • Posted by Voter on

        I should have explained my comment in more detail.
        If the GN is considering closing the pilot project, instead of closing, they should do another vote to see if the community still wants it.

        • Posted by Huh?? on

          Get ur head out of the dark ages. Nunavut needs to grow up, it will never do that with people trying to shut it all down and hold out hands…if these communities cities were all accessible by road, they’d all have her n wine stores….just like the south…

  2. Posted by Gun, consider yourself jumped. on

    @Voter:

    The survey won’t decide if the store stays open:

    “help provide an understanding of the store’s impacts on the community, help the NULC improve operations, and help inform the GN’s decision about the store going forward”

    As well, for anyone lacking computer access:

    “Paper copies of the survey are also available at the Iqaluit beer and wine store or at government liaison offices outside Iqaluit.”

    • Posted by Voter on

      Today its -53 with the wind chill in Iqaluit. I am sure computer illiterate people would love to wake up and walk over to the B&W store to get a paper survey to fill out. Or even walk to a GN office.
      This survey will most likely be done by those of US who have access to a computer and do not need to go out into the cold to partake.

  3. Posted by King budd on

    Does it make any difference in the bootlegging business?
    Cops should have a sense of that.
    I have not heard of bad radio reports on the local brewer.

    • Posted by Northern Guy on

      I have heard anecdotally that bootlegging is down in Iqaluit (no data to back that up though). We do know that the store has taken a big chunk of the revenue that usually goes to the local watering holes which has reduced the late night nonsense that the RCMP have to deal with post closing time.

  4. Posted by Nickotye Kolola Michael on

    That is so preposterous!!!!!!! We have family living outside of Nunavut in Senior Living facilities down south! Shape up and get that Senior Living home first in Iqaluit! C’mon Inuit MLA’s , you promised our Fathers we needed Nunavut Government for the sake of Inuit and let them vote for Nunavut Government! Bring our Inuit families home from the South first before adding on to bigger problems!!

  5. Posted by Ezekiel Mucktar on

    Open a new beer store in Pond Inlet! Thank you

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