You could not consume liquor in bars or lounges (only beer).
You could not drink in your tent or trailer.
You could not buy food in a beer parlour.
You needed a permit book to purchase liquor, and you signed for your purchases.
This was replaced by permit cards, which were discontinued in 1962.
You could not have a bottle of liquor anywhere but in your own residence.
That meant technically it was illegal to transport your liquor purchase even from the liquor store to your home. *
Licensed premises were segregatedówith an entrance for "Men" and one for "Ladies and Escorts".
A man could not enter the Ladies and Escorts side by himself (only if he was accompanying a woman).
From: Smart, R.G. & Osbourne, A.C. (1986) Northern Spirits: Drinking in Canada, Then and Now (Toronto: Addiction Research Foundation)
Note : * In some Canadian communities, this lead to the practice of "polishing off the bottle".
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