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Ministry clarifies liquor licence rules as Prince George petition grows

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A screenshot of Mothus' online petition.

An online petition asking for a review of a Prince George liquor inspector has gained 700 supporters and plenty of conversation on social media sites. Dave Mothus started the petition after a number of promoters and party-goers took to social media to complain about parties they say were shut down on the weekend prior to Halloween.

However, the Ministry of Justice says the reports were incorrect, and no parties were shut down.  In an email, a spokesperson writes: "as a result of visits by the local liquor inspector, licensees were made aware that, as per the terms of their licence, liquor service should have ended earlier and they voluntarily decided to close.  In another instance, the club realized they were over capacity and took steps to correct it."

Mothus says he and others have launched complaints, but the Ministry would not confirm this.  A spokesperson notes the number of contravention notices issued since January 2013 to Prince George licensees is comparable or less than other similarly sized communities (Nanaimo, Kamloops and Kelowna)." 

Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris says he is looking into the issue.

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