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Sunday alcohol sales will now be up to the people
Council approved to put it on a ballot
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Video footage of the Sunday alcohol issue being discussed at the council meeting.

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The Richmond Hill City Council unanimously approved the request of several local restaurant owners to put the Sunday alcohol issue on a referendum. It will now be up to local voters to decide whether they want to be served alcohol at city restaurants on Sunday.  

Molly MacPherson’s owner Daniel Cloutier acted as a spokesman for a group of local restaurant owners.  He said Sunday sales will help the economics of both the city and the restaurants.  

Evon Allen, general manager for local hotel owner Kenny Patel, also spoke in favor of Sunday sales, saying it will help the economics of the hotel industry as well as preserve sustainable growth. 

Pastor Carlton Cooper of Bethel Baptist Church spoke in opposition to a referendum. He said Sunday should be reserved for the Lord and that council needs to consider that as they make their decision. 

Officials anticipate the referendum will be on the November ballot, which will also include the presidential election.

 For more on this story, see Saturday’s paper.
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