Council pitches province to allow minors in bars 

Whistler council is appealing to the province to relax its liquor laws for minors in ski resorts.

They are hoping the province will allow minors into bars until 9 p.m. as long they are accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.

The move was unanimously supported at the council table on Monday night.

The recommendation follows on the heels of a current provincial policy, which allows minors into bars owned and operated by the downhill ski operator, like Whistler-Blackcomb bars Merlin’s, the GLC and Dusty’s. Minors are only allowed in those bars until 7 p.m.

The one-year pilot program with the Whistler-Blackcomb bars has been a success and the company supports extending the program to other establishments within the resort.

Originally staff recommended the 7 p.m. time limit for all resort bars.

Councillor Ken Melamed pushed council to have the time extended.

"There’s no difference between apres ski and a bar at nine o’clock," he said.

Councillor Nick Davies asked that staff come back with a series of recommendations for council to consider when extending the hours, specifically relating to pornography in the washrooms and smoking in the establishment.

The mayor will now send a letter to the province recommending a change in the policy, with approval subject to local government review based on individual applications.


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