February 20, 2014 - 7:29 PM
VANCOUVER - British Columbia hockey fans will be able to celebrate a Canadian Olympic hockey victory or drown their Olympic hockey tears — as long as they don't drink alcohol while doing it.
B.C. Attorney General Suzanne Anton says bars and pubs in the westernmost province will be allowed to extend their hours for the early-morning men's gold medal game in Sochi.
The match-up takes place at 4 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday when, under regular rules, the establishments would be shuttered.
But the provincial government says it will make an exception to the rules in the spirit of the Olympic Games.
Bars and pubs will be allowed to stay open so patrons can watch the game, but last call will remain the same.
In B.C., liquor can't be served until 9 a.m. at the earliest and unconsumed drinks must be cleared within a half hour of the end of service.
HARPER, OBAMA WAGER CASE OF BEER ON OUTCOME OF OLYMPIC HOCKEY GAMES
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama have a couple of cases of beer riding on the outcome of the men's and women's games in Olympic hockey.
The Canadian and U.S. women are battling for the gold medal today, while the men meet Friday in a semifinal matchup.
Harper says on Twitter that he and the president have bet a case of beer on each of the games.
While Harper is a noted fan of hockey and has written a book about the sport's early days, Obama leans more to basketball.
The Prime Minister's Office says Harper and Obama agreed during their summit in Mexico that they would be watching both games closely.
An official says they disagreed, naturally, on who to root for.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2014