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Should last call be extended?

Group calls for booze to be served in TO until 4 a.m.

Toronto bars opened early for the gold medal hockey game, but a new group has launched an online campaign calling for bars to be open late on a permanent basis.

Last Call TO has launched a website pushing for last call to come two hours later in Toronto. It's currently 2 a.m. but the group wants to see it extended to 4 a.m.

Last Call TO believes as a world class city, Toronto's nightlife could be better with longer serving hours.

The group says Torontonians should be treated like adults and extending serving would be good for business and actually make the city safer (by reducing the number of after-hours clubs).

Under provincial legislation the city has the ability to change serving times for events of "municipal, provincial, national or international significance."

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  1. john posted on 02/27/2014 10:32 AM
    why not thay make more money that way . of course if thay are open while the Toronto maple leafs are playing the only way u can watch them play is when u r drunk .
  2. Greg posted on 02/27/2014 10:38 AM
    Don't extend last call. Abolish it. What is so magical about 2 am? Does it prevent drunk driving, street fights, spousal abuse, alcoholism? No. It's simply an arbitrary number decided upon by our masters. If a business wants to stay open until 6 am serving liquor that's their concern and the government should just STAY THE HELL OUT OF IT!
  3. 1231231 posted on 02/27/2014 12:53 PM
    Just get rid of it then. Subways aren't operating after 2am in Toronto (technically its 1:30 but a few trains do leave after that), so anyone using transit to get home is taking a bus anyways. If you are going to keep bars open until 4am you might as well let them stay open as long as they like. Like Greg I don't see whats so magical about 2am to begin with.
  4. Angry Bill posted on 02/27/2014 02:05 PM
    If this were Europe, I'd say no big deal. I've been to places in Europe that only closed under 2 circumstances... one, the last customer left, and two, they ran out of beer. Usually with us, it was the later reason. We'd leave, wave to the sun coming up, have breakfast, then go to bed. To be young again. Anyway, the attitude toward drinking in Europe is that it's no big deal. However, you get drunk and get involved in an accident that kills someone, you get the book thrown at you. A big, honking, heavy book that's much bigger than anything we have over here.

    But with the attitude in North America toward drinking, I don't think having bars open that late is a terribly good idea. I don't think it'll have a huge impact on anything regardless, but still not generally a good idea.

    Over in Europe, they tend to drink like adults. In North America, we tend to drink like kids. That's the difference.
  5. dama posted on 02/27/2014 02:32 PM
    So basically extending last call to 4 am is basically all pubs are closing at 4 am
    instead of 2 am,,

    I dont know about you all, but I am in bed by 11,30 pm, so these hours are for shift workers, , every day party goer, and tourists?

    If you are a normal working stiff, from 8 to 4 pm or 9 to 5 pm and you stayed and drink till 4 am.. you really have a problem
  6. Peter posted on 02/27/2014 02:45 PM
    .

    Simple arithmetic shows:

    More drinking hours = > more drinking
    More drinking => more negative consequences.

    Example:
    More drinking hours => more possibility of 96 car pile up on Highway 400.

    .
    1. Angry Bill posted on 02/27/2014 04:26 PM
      @Peter Some people are just clueless, bad drivers even without any alcohol.
    2. dama posted on 02/28/2014 02:16 PM
      @Peter More drinking hours = more money to be made by Pubs and more tips for servers...
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