An effort by B.C.s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to clamp down on drunken youths at nightclubs and music venues has killed the ability for such establishments to play host to all-ages events – a move panned by critics as “using a sledgehammer to swat a fly.”
The policy directive, which was quietly issued in late November and comes into effect next Tuesday, is seen by some as a step backward after a year in which the province took several highly publicized steps forward with its liquor laws.
The LCLB made available the option a few years back for such “liquor-primary” establishments to temporarily “delicense” to allow for occasional alternate use. This includes hosting an all-ages concert at a music venue with a liquor-primary licence, for example.
Andrea Woo – Globe and Mail – January 7, 2013.