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Local restaurant removes B.C. wines from list

Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 2:36 pm MDT

PHOTO. Supplied: Asti Trattoria Italiana Facebook page.

A local restaurant is taking its own stand against the B.C. government’s decision to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen.

In an effort to hinder Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline Expansion, B.C.’s environment minister announced that their province would ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off its coast until it can determine that shippers are able to properly clean up a spill.

Asti Trattoria Italiana wrote on their Facebook page that effective immediately they would be removing all B.C. wines in support of oil sands workers and the industry.

Owner of the restaurant, Karen Collins says this isn’t the first time she’s decided to remove wine from her menu to support her province.

“We call ourselves Fort McMurray strong, it’s time for us to also be Alberta strong at this point.”

Collins said that 8 bottles have been removed from the menu as of Thursday and she hopes other businesses will follow suit in supporting Alberta.

Premier Rachel Notley called an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday to consider possible response to the new policy and warned B.C. that there will be consequences, suggesting interprovincial trade in electricity as a possible option to be looked at.


With files from The Canadian Press