Lambton Shores wants to make sure the tradition of Stag and Does continues

Consider it a gift from the newlyweds.

Lambton Shores is changing its municipal alcohol policy to allow stag and does to be held legally as long as 15 percent of the alcohol sales go to charity.

 Brent Kittmer  director of  community services, Lambton Shores

Brent Kittmer
director of
community services, Lambton Shores

Under Ontario law, private citizens can’t make a profit from a public event alcohol licence, only charities and non-profit groups can. But Stag and Does, designed to raise money for soon-to-be married couples, has always slipped under the radar.

Director of Community Services, Brent Kittmer, says recently the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission announced it would begin cracking down on events with public liquor licences which advertised to the public. And that would put an end to Stag and Does.

“It seems to me it is getting really hard to have a good time in this province,” said Councilor Martin Underwood.

Kittmer says the commission was warning municipalities they could face legal problems if contraventions were found on their property. Lambton Shores only allows Stag and Does at one facility Kimball Hall, which is run by the Forest Optimists. Renting the hall and serving at Stag and Does is one of the clubs main revenue generators.

So while other municipalities are banning alcohol in municipal properties, Lambton Shores council is “changing the policy to close the gaps in the legislation.”

Under provincial rules, an event can make a profit from alcohol sales if it is declared municipally significant.

Council has agreed as long as a Stag and Doe donates 15 percent of its alcohol sales it be labelled municipally significant.

Kittmer believes it is a good compromise saying the stepped up enforcement would have “limited anyone having a Stag and Doe.

“You can still have an event, you can have an event that follows the law and a charity gets a donation,” says Kittmer. “Our policy is extremely more flexible than any other municipality’s.”

– Heather Wright