N.S. to license bouncers
Nova Scotia is trying again to regulate bouncers, security guards and private investigators.
Justice Minister Ross Landry reintroduced a bill Friday that calls for mandatory training standards, licensing and a code of conduct for people in the private security industry.
Landry said Nova Scotians should know what to expect from this industry, just as they do from police services.
"There are standards and expectations and training at a high level and we know what to expect when we're dealing with them. We want the same within the security industry," he said.
Landry said this is the first significant change in the rules in 35 years. Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia all have similar legislation, he said.
Landry said his bill is nearly identical to one he introduced last fall, which died at the end of the legislative session.
There have been several complaints in recent years about overzealous bouncers and violence against security guards.
The father of a man who died after a scuffle with staff at a Halifax bar said he's happy the province is taking action.
Cyril Giffin was at Province House to watch the justice minister table the bill.
Giffin's son, Stephen, 38, died on Christmas Day in 1999. He had been on life-support for two days after being wrestled by two bouncers out of Captain Eli's Restaurant and Lounge on Young Street in Halifax.
"When you lose someone as we have through — I don't know what kind of act you'd call it, but, pretty brutal — I think anything we can do to help prevent it from happening again gives me, personally, a lot of satisfaction," Cyril Giffin said.
Witnesses said one staff member used a chokehold on Stephen Giffin.
Two men charged with manslaughter in his death were acquitted of the charge.