Important information for Albertans
AGLC is taking the COVID-19 coronavirus matter seriously. Please visit AGLC.ca/COVID19 for the latest updates.
Beginning this fall the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) Hearing Panel Office (HPO) will again be offering in-person hearings. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the HPO is following all public health guidelines, while preserving the rights of parties to obtain fair hearings and timely decisions.
The safety and well-being of applicants, witnesses, AGLC staff and panel members is our top priority and all necessary precautions will be in place for in-person hearings. Additionally, to support the needs of all hearing participants, virtual and written hearings will continue indefinitely.
Parties will be asked to wait in their cars until their hearing commences and witnesses will be asked to stay in their car until they are required to give evidence. The HPO executive assistant will call or text the attendees when the panel is ready for them.
Parties entering the building must sign-in with reception and complete AGLC’s pre-screening questionnaire. Security will then escort parties and witnesses to the hearing room. To maintain physical distancing, attendees will sit in the spot marked for them in the hearing room.
Presently, in-person hearings are only being offered in the St. Albert office. AGLC is committed to implementing practices to ensure the safety of all parties during the hearing process. These practices include:
Note: At this time, there is not a suitable location to hold hearings at AGLC’s Calgary office with physical distancing measures in place. To continue to supporting a timely hearing process, AGLC will continue to offer Calgary hearings virtually and by written submission.
Hearing attendees will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to entry into an AGLC building to ensure they are feeling well and confirm they are able to proceed. Additionally, at the beginning of the hearing, the presiding member will confirm everyone in attendance is feeling well.
Participants are required to wear a mask while entering AGLC’s office, at reception and while walking into the hearing room. Once participants are in their spot in the hearing room, they may remove their mask if they choose to, as physical distancing precautions will be in place.
If an individual chooses to wear a mask, they must follow all health requirements (i.e. regular cleaning if it is a re-usable mask and proper use and disposal if it is a single-use mask).
Yes, in-person hearing attendees can bring or wear additional protective equipment, like face shields or gloves.
Please contact the HPO as soon as possible either by phone (780-447-8605) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If participants are feeling unwell, in accordance with public health guidelines, they are not permitted to attend the hearing in-person. Instead, they may attend the hearing by video or teleconference, if possible. If the participant is not feeling well enough to attend via phone or video, the hearing may continue without the person who is unwell or it may be adjourned.
Should panel members or AGLC staff members (who are scheduled to attend the hearing process) exhibit symptoms, they will not attend the hearing in-person and will attend by video or teleconference, if possible. If not, the hearing may continue without the person who is unwell or it may be adjourned.
People who become sick during the hearing or display any symptoms must:
Each situation will be carefully assessed and the presiding member will work in conjunction with the HPO to determine the appropriate course of action to support a timely hearing process (such as remote attendance, adjournment, etc.)
To support the needs of all applicants, upon receiving an application for a hearing, the HPO will ask the applicant if they would like to conduct the hearing by written submission, teleconference, video conference or in-person.
All materials must be filed by the parties with the HPO in advance of hearings. Submission dates for materials are determined on a case-by-case basis. Applicants can contact the HPO by phone (780-447-8605) or email (email@example.com) if they have questions or require clarification.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, applicants, witnesses, AGLC staff and panel members are asked to incorporate the following preventative measures (at home and in the office) when handling mail or packages:
Yes, but attendees must notify the HPO at least 24 hours prior to their hearing if they wish to bring someone with them. Additionally, anyone who accompanies you to an in-person hearing will need to adhere to AGLC’s pre-screening process and all other relevant public health directives.
COVID-19 remains an evolving situation. If a public health order is issued that limits in-person contact or requires AGLC staff to work remotely, in-person hearings will not be held. Under these circumstances, hearings would be conducted by written submission, teleconference or video conference wherever possible.