STEINBACH, Man. – A dry community in southern Manitoba has discovered it’s actually wet.
Staff with the Rural Municipality of Hanover discovered this week that a ban on alcohol sales, which has existed as long as anyone can remember, was never actually put into law. It’s something residents, politicians and others have always just assumed was official.
“I didn’t know any better,” Reeve Stan Toews said Thursday.
Toews, 63, has lived in the area his whole life and said the municipality’s dry status pre-dates him.
Like other communities in the area south of Winnipeg, where there is a large Mennonite population, Hanover has considered allowing booze sales in the past. Alcohol is readily available in stores and restaurants in some neighbouring communities. The city of Steinbach voted to end its dry status more than a decade ago. The Rural Municipality of Stanley followed three years later.
Hanover held a referendum on allowing liquor in 2006, but it was defeated by a narrow 30-vote margin.
City staff were preparing to hold another referendum this fall, to coincide with the Oct. 22 municipal election, when they discovered no Hanover council had ever passed a bylaw to officially ban booze.
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