Shootings prompt city to close bar for 14 days
"The community standards branch has supported our request and effective immediately, the business license of Gingur Sky Nightclub has been suspended," said Acting Sgt. Nicole Chapdelaine, coordinator for the city's Public Safety Compliance Team.
The suspension was put into effect to allow police to investigate the shootings at the nightclub, located at 155 Street and 118th Avenue. The bar was closed under a provision of the Municipal Government Act, which allows the city to suspend business licenses in emergencies.
Gingur Sky was already under review before Sunday's shootings. The city's chief licensing officer will soon see a recommendation to cancel the business license, Chapdelaine said, which would close the nightclub for good.
Investigators got word that the owners were planning to reopen on Thursday or Saturday. Concerns over public safety prompted the request for the closure, said Troy Courtoreille, a PSCT field supervisor.
"We've had two serious incidents there in less than a month and half," he said. "From our perspective it wasn't just a matter of if, it was a matter of when there'd be another incident and we felt we … couldn't afford to wait any longer."
Inspections have been difficult to carry out at Gingur Sky because of its sporadic opening hours, Courtoreille said.