Nunavut may see its first two microbreweries open in Iqaluit. Some of the city’s elected officials hope their products will lead to fewer alcohol-related problems.
The city councillors who supported the applications argued that the breweries would generate economic activity for the city. But proponents of making it easier to get alcohol add that producing beer locally may help curb binge drinking in the long run and possibly reduce unauthorised alcohol sales.
Both are considerable problems in Nunavut, where alcohol has long been associated with violence, a fact reflected by court dockets brimming with cases involving alcohol-related violence.