Rankin Inlet’s beer and wine store to open this weekend

Nunavut government says move aimed at reducing binge drinking

The Nunavut government’s beer and wine store in Rankin Inlet is set to open its doors on Saturday, Dec. 4. (File photo by Sarah Rogers)

By Nunatsiaq News

Rankin Inlet’s beer and wine store is set to open its doors on Saturday.

The opening comes four years after a plebiscite in which residents voted 75 per cent in favour of bringing a store to the community, according to a public service announcement from the territorial government’s Finance Department.

“Opening this store is consistent with the Government of Nunavut’s commitment to help change behaviour towards binge drinking by liberalizing access to lower-alcohol content beverages, while disrupting bootleggers,” the department stated in the announcement.

The store’s hours on opening day will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. From Dec. 7 onwards, its hours will be noon to 7 p.m.

Construction on the store began in summer, as well as the hiring and training of staff.

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(41) Comments:

  1. Posted by Hysteria on

    And if you read facebook you would swear it was the end of the world

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  2. Posted by I live in the Arctic on

    good luck with the store, has the community thought about introducing alcohol education in the schools?

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  3. Posted by the keebler man on

    gonna be first in line! liquid gold oh yeah!

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  4. Posted by Nunavutmiuta on

    Rankin Inlet, brace yourself, it is going down hill from there on. Here in Iqaluit there has been nothing but trouble and headache. Crime rate is up, property crime is up, family violence is up not to mention death rate is up, all thanks to the Government wanting money more then anything or at any cost. There are elder abuse, every Monday, only elders are a able to go Beer & Wine store, so there are elders who are force/threaten to go to the store. We have next to no resources for any treatment what so ever. Suicide rate is up, boot legging is up, much as the Government wants to turn the blind eye on it. From the people of Iqaluit Thank-you Government for making our already difficult life, that much more difficult.

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    • Posted by Evidence for ? on

      Thanks for taking the time to write this. Now, will you please quantify these statements?

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      • Posted by do you know someone on

        My siblings have been over drinking.
        One of them doesn’t go to work on Mondays and leaves work early on Fridays, sometimes not going.
        My younger sibling’s partner is violent, harrassing her to get all her money on paydays, now she’s jobless because it is too stressful for her.
        One of my cousins have lost their children to social services this summer.
        My female cousin drowns her sorrows on alcohol and her son is frustrated with her. His friend committed suicide. His family are drunks.
        A relative lives next door to a young person who just moved in this year, nothing but parties. Police are called every week by her friends when they get rowdy. Their apartment building is filthy outside now.
        My good friend’s son is always drunk and takes it out on the family. They fled to another community for a few months to get away from it. The other sibling has stops taking care of her two kids at a time leaving the grandma to take them over.
        My sibling’s daughter is not able to hold a job because she is always drink bingeing. Her boyfriend doesn’t work and demands food from her parents.
        A former coworker is drinking alot and asking her friends on FB to get her beer for her, has started to neglect her two kids.
        Another relative is starting to drink again and their daughter is seeing that it is alright to get drunk when you drink beer.
        A beloved relative is looking bloated from drinking so much.
        One of my kids drinks a lot of alcohol thinking it’s good to unwind after a stressful week and their kids have been unruly. The glasses keep getting filled up, higher.

        All this from one person. Let’s hear the others. Qallunaat and others, you are in homes with most likely no other relatives, parents, grandparents, teenagers who are spending most of their money on booze. Many of you drink responsibly and have wine with your dinner, parties with friends and yes sometimes someone gets a bit drunk. How many family members or relatives do you know who has died from alcohol? You tend to have more jobs being based in the north for a while and have access to counselling, easily. Your parents most likely didn’t abuse alcohol.

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        • Posted by What changes here? on

          Every one of us who lives in Rankin already has access to alcohol without restriction. You are writing as if we are introducing alcohol to the community for the first time. I’m sorry for the problems in your family, do you think a B&W store will make those any worse? Isn’t a case of beer less harmful than a 60 oz’s of Royal Reserve?

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          • Posted by Chippy on

            It will. I have no official stats, just anecdotes like the commenter above. People who haven’t taken a drink in years are going to tank. I wish Rankin well, but it hasn’t gone well in Iqaluit. The bootleggers are still in business, btw. Just like people would get a bottle after the bars closed in the pre b&a store days, they do it when they blow through their 2-4.

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    • Posted by John K on

      Sources please.

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      • Posted by Ken on

        Its not hard to see the level of crime increasing in Iqaluit since the opening of the beer and wine store, so much so that reporting public drinking and drunkenness, fights to the RCMP they will say they don’t have time for that right now and are working on more serious matters. Since the beer and wine store opened it really has gone down hill, the rates of crime has rose sharply and our political leaders have chosen to ignore this. If you have not seen this in our community its time to craw out of your bottle.
        I am fine with drinking but when it gets to this point and for a lot of people where you have to be drinking to have a good time and drink so much, there is a huge problem. Way too many functioning alcoholics here, unfortunately a lot of them have top positions that decide what is good for our community.

        https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/in-2019-crime-rose-sharply-in-nunavut/

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      • Posted by Go to the graveyard on

        If anyone needs stats , just visit your local graveyard.

    • Posted by Ol’ twitch in the eye on

      so you’re blaming increased bootlegging on the fact iqaluit has a liquor store? You don’t think bootlegging would increase if we didn’t have a liquor store?

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  5. Posted by Harm reduction on

    To all those who think this is the beginning of the apocalypse, do yourself a favor and search the term “harm reduction”. No, just cause someone says something on facebook doesn’t make it so. Log off the social media and do some critical thinking on the matter.

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    • Posted by Carol on

      For all those who have their heads stuck in the sand stop trying to diminish the huge social problems we have in Nunavut with alcohol abuse and really no educational or treatment support in Nunavut.
      But hey lets open a beer and wine store and ignore all that.
      You guys really should hear yourselves, its comical and sad at the same time, there is a huge social problems in Nunavut on so many different levels, this will not help in any way but in fact add to the social problems. Just wait and see, this raise in crime, violence, injuries and death thanks to this beer and wine store, but lets all ignore that as long as we can make it easier to buy our addictions and drown and ignore what is going on around us and with ourselves.

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  6. Posted by ,,,,, on

    Camping out in the front now

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    • Posted by the keebler man on

      You took my spot man! anyways save me a spot behind you

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  7. Posted by John K on

    This is great news.

    You are finally removing this power and revenue from criminals. On that note I wonder how many of the pearl clutchers have a few forties they’re worried they won’t be able to sell.

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  8. Posted by Old timer on

    PARTY TIME 🥳

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  9. Posted by Plebiscite on

    All I wanna say is the people voted for this. If they truly didn’t want it, they would’ve voted no.

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    • Posted by Voter on

      Might need another vote in 5 years, stay safe for now.

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      • Posted by John K on

        Only to appease the screeching minority.

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  10. Posted by Rankin Inlet on

    Im not looking forward to this store. I voted no. Unfortunately my vote didnt count 😔

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    • Posted by That’s Democracy on

      It counted, but was among the minority opinion.

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    • Posted by John K on

      Them’s the ropes

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  11. Posted by HikHik on

    Giv’er!

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  12. Posted by Inumari on

    I find it ironic that the idea is to stop binge drinking, when binge drinking is defined by Canadian law as 5 or more beers for men and 4 or more beers for women.

    I know weird right!

    Take care people of Rankin.

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  13. Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

    At the time of the plebiscite:

    Rankin Population 3000 (approx)
    Eligible Voters 1311
    Number of actual votes 499
    Yes votes 372

    Hardly an overwhelming number of voters went out to vote.

    You reap what you sew folks. Don’t complain now.

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  14. Posted by Nunavutmiuta on

    Stupid, Stupid just plain Stupid, The politician think the way to cut down on bootlegging is tp open a Wine & Beer store, This is a F^%KEN joke. I know for a fact, the bootlegging has increase once the wine & beer store opened here in Iqaluit, it’s like this, a person gets paid, social assistance, employment insurance or Covid money and buy a case of beers, to share with some friends, and once the beers are gone who are they going to turn too? LOL that’s right the guy who supplies with no limit on Booze. Being an alcoholic myself and know most of the suppliers, I know for a fact the amount of bottles have increase ever since the opening of the Wine and beer store.

    Also there are more drunks in general public because the cost of beer is so low compared the a bottle of Vodka, or people who do not drink bottles but drink beers not have easy access the beer and that is a problem in general.

    If the government want to cut down on bootlegging, simple, check this out, there in charge of the liquor permit, simple cut down on obviously a bootlegger who orders more the a person can consume.

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    • Posted by John K on

      If it’s such an obvious fact then you should have no issues providing the data.

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  15. Posted by Replies on

    John.K. in reference to your comment “sources please”
    We live in the Nunavut, we see all the abuse in every aspect that there is.
    We live it!
    Hope our New government seriously put their heads together for the safety of the children and our elders!

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    • Posted by John K on

      Anecdotal evidence means nothing.

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      • Posted by Tim B on

        Can you provide us the data that shows this beer and wine store will not add to the social problems? How did they decide on giving priority to a beer and wine store over mental health and a treatment facility?

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        • Posted by Dollar for Dollar on

          Because a beer and wine store is a revenue-generating harm-reduction strategy whereas a mental health or addictions treatment centre is a multi-million dollar per year per community hard-reduction strategy that has very low success rates.

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      • Posted by jimbo on

        Unless you’re one of the many people who have this mess spilling into their backyard. It means something to them. And the kids who have seen their somewhat stable families implode. It means something to them. Take a walk through town and ask some of the high school-age kids what they think.

      • Posted by Hello John on

        John K. Go visit the local cemetery. Get in touch with the reality of your surroundings, your community, the misery in the life you know. Sometimes it difficult to see out from under the covers . It’s all there John, it’s call reality.

  16. Posted by Alcohol Kills on

    As if we don’t have enough problems: More fights, more murders, more violence, more hungry children, more arrests, more accidents, more depression, more women assaulted, more sadness, more negative things, more poverty, more ppl in jail, more frightened children and elders. That’s what our government has decide to add! Everything will change overnight!!!

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    • Posted by Toonik’s Grandfather on

      Drunk person kill.

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  17. Posted by Manapik on

    Sometimes it’s far easier to slip into the distraction of fixing other people’s problems (or at least thinking you are) than focusingon your own.

    After all, it feels so much easier to see what others can’t see about themselves than to stay focused on yourself and what’s ahead of you.

    • Posted by John on

      I’ll drink to that! Numb it instead of dealing with it.

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  18. Posted by Iqaluit resident on

    Wishing Rankin all the best. Hopefully they can avoid the problems the beer and wine store created in Iqaluit: A massive uptick in violent crime.

  19. Posted by truth on

    Here’s the truth: alcohol is not the problem… it’s the individuals who abuse the alcohol. I like my wine with a good char feast. As is my wife and I have already bought 12 bottles of wine in the last week since it opened (we have shared with friends and family) and we’ve enjoyed every glass. We haven’t fought each other we haven’t made our kids suffer (they actually sit with us while we have our wine; they don’t partake obviously).
    Here is what needs to happen: the law needs to be stricter on abuse. Stop using being drunk as an excuse to give a lesser charge, instead throw the book at these idiot people. You hit your spouse you can’t say “oh I was drunk”, you drive you drunk can’t say “oh I was drunk”. I guarantee that the drunk down the street that is a public menace would quit that if he got a year in jail lol.

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