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Owner of Club 241 reluctant to sign new terms & conditions aimed at reducing gang violence

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Nanaimo City Councillors say they want more information before backing a request from Club 241 to increase its capacity by 28 people.

The bar’s owner says he doesn’t want to sign a voluntary set of terms and conditions drafted by the province’s liquor licencing branch, meant to reduce gang violence. They include not letting in anyone with clothing, tattoos or jewelry affiliated with a gang.

He says he feels it will devalue his liquor licence and put the business at a unfair disadvantage, because other bars and nightclubs haven’t had to agree to the same conditions.

Councillor Ian Thorpe had concerns about the owner’s choice.

 

But Councillor Gord Fuller says the terms and conditions themselves aren’t clear, and he led a motion to have City staff come back with more information before making a decision.

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