NLC hopes to help make Sino-Screech-in a success
There’s a bottle of Screech on its way to China for a Canada Day celebration, thanks to a timely phone call from The Telegram and some help from the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp. (NLC).
When expatriate Canadian Jim Boyce emailed The Telegram, he was at his wit’s end. He was planning a Canada Day celebration in Beijing and was looking for an array of Canadian food and drinks for the event.
“The idea was we have quite a few Canadians who work in the bar, restaurant and hotel business, but not many people in the city know about them, so my idea was to promote them and also to introduce Canadian food to Chinese people,” Boyce said.
“They’re small things, but it’s just to let people know there’s more to Canada than maple syrup and ice wine.”
The plan is to have poutine, P.E.I. oysters, Moosehead beer, and — if possible — a Screech-in ceremony.
But Boyce ran into a significant problem when he tried to set it up; he couldn’t find any Screech.
“Cod is a dime a dozen here, but like I said, Screech is beyond our reach,” he said. “I don’t know if it’ll be a Canadian cod, but it’ll be some kind of cod.”
It seems you can’t get Screech in China.
Then, Boyce heard that Premier Kathy Dunderdale was embarking on a trade mission to China, and he tried to line up his delivery that way — maybe somebody could stick a bottle in their luggage or something.
“I was hoping to find someone, anyone, to bring a bottle of Screech to us,” he said. “I’ve tried in Hong Kong. I’ve tried in Beijing. I’ve emailed the premier’s office.”
Dunderdale, coincidentally, flew to China Thursday for an eight-day mission to promote partnerships in oil and gas and mining. Nothing in the government’s news release announcing the trip indicated whether Dunderdale will also conduct any rum-based diplomacy.
Boyce said he didn’t receive a reply to his email.
The Telegram contacted Dunderdale’s office and didn’t get a response, either.
When The Telegram reached out to the NLC, it seemed like all hope was lost.
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