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Awwww! No booze at Rob Ford Fest after liquor licence denied

on 25/07/14 at 8:45 am

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imagesThere will be no booze at Ford Fest this week after the province turned down the organizers’ application for a liquor licence, but Toronto’s mayor insists those who come to his annual barbecue will still have a good time.

A spokesman for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said Wednesday the event didn’t qualify for a special occasion permit because it is not considered “of municipal significance,” a designation that must be granted by city council.

“That’s not our call,” Jeff Keay said.

Last year’s Ford Fest obtained the permit by applying through the caterer, Muzik Nightclub, which already had a liquor licence, Keay said.

Ford, who returned to city hall this month after seeking treatment for alcohol addiction, said organizers simply weren’t able to get a permit in time for Friday’s party.

“It was all timing, that’s all it comes down to,” he said.

“We’re going to go ahead and invite everyone on Friday, July 25 to come out to Thomson Memorial Park and guarantee that people have a good time like they had the last 19 Ford Fests.”