U-Vint Retailers Pull Out A Win…

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In-store wine making…public opinion wins…this time. Keep the caution flags flying though.

Or should I say, “sometimes common sense prevails?”

You likely know about it from the media.  Small, U-Vint businesses in Nova Scotia were recently accosted by a Crown Corporation because they are perceived to be the competition, or inferior,or maybe just less responsible, or undesirable.

What really is it that sets these U-Vint retailers apart from their NSLC counterparts?

In my opinion, U-Vint retailers make loads of sense for folks like me with bad hips and arthritic hands to say nothing of bum knees or other life factors. If you’re so inclined, why should you be denied the opportunity to create your newest favorite wine, and why should innovative retailers be bullied because they helped you?

Nova Scotia will soon become the 6th of 10 provinces to legitimize a more and more popular hobby. Nova Scotia decision-makers have demonstrated thinking that suggests small business is an annoyance but if we take them to task for their actions they’ll see the light (or just lighten up).

In this rare instance the Government heard the voice of the people. Is it their intent to demonstrate prejudice toward the older generation, the disabled or those that seek affordable hobbies and entertainment, or did they just come out looking like a schoolyard bully?

Take a look at the U-Vint website.

Consider that many businesses, both large and small, are often made more fiscally vulnerable by excessive and often times unnecessary regulations. Perhaps more serious is the willingness to flex the will of big biz at the expense of the small guy. We see change without consultation all too often and everyone can end up paying or just simply losing.

More disastrous is the message that Nova Scotia isn’t the warm and fuzzy place to do business as our counterparts to the west. Shame on you to the bullies of Nova Scotia.

One thought on “U-Vint Retailers Pull Out A Win…

  1. I believe we can all agree the current regulations in Nova Scotia are archaic and need to be modernized to fit the times and stay in step with public opinion. U-Vints should be allowed to operate in this province, as they are in many other provinces in Canada. I was a frequent and satisfied customer of one of the local U-Vints for the 10 years I resided in Ontario and defintiely support the proposed changes to permit it here in Nova Scotia.

    However, let’s not put blinders on and fly the flag of these ‘persecuted’ businesses simply providing a service to the downtrodden and physically challenged. There is no evidence to support that position. Those retailers in Nova Scotia who were/are operating outside the regulations were doing so NOT just for those who can’t physically do it for themselves. They were doing it for anyone who paid for the service. And were doing it knowing it was illegal and they could be charged. If their business model was not financially sustainable without providing the U-Vint service then that is their problem not our’s or the government’s. The wine/beer kit retailers who chose to abide by the rules, and not offer U-Vint services, were being disadvantaged by those who chose to flaunt the rules. As a result, it was encumbent on the government to prosecute under the current regulations in order to maintain a level and fair playing field for all. It’s unfortunate the current regime requires NSLC to police the system and press charges as it created the perception that they are bullying the little guy to maintain their monopoly. It should have been the government department responsible for the regulations who pursued the people who broke the rules.

    Again, I am 100 percent in support of U-Vint operations when enabled by legislation and attendant regulations. I am NOT in support of businesses who compete unfairly with others in their industry by breaking the rules/laws. If anyone wants to offer services that aren’t permitted, then it’s encumbent on them to have the rules changed beforehand. Not claim foul and claim to be doing a charitable deed when you get caught on the wrong side of an issue.

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