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Arena liquor ban to be appealed

Sep 15 2012

Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre's ongoing battle over a 10-day suspension of its liquor licence will be going back to the B.C. Court of Appeal, the arena's lawyer says.

Michael Mulligan, who represents R.G. Facilities, said a B.C. Supreme Court judicial review of the case completed this week was essentially a procedural step and that a notice of appeal would be filed soon. The review by Justice Mary Humphries looked at an adjudicator's decision on the bounds of the suspension.

Humphries upheld the adjudicator's interpretation that the penalty should apply to days that the arena is hosting events, rather than just any day it is open. The adjudicator found that four days of the suspension had been served during home shows held at the arena, but that six days remained.

The issue dates back to November 2007, when a Victoria police sergeant saw an underage youth taking a sip of beer from a plastic cup at a Salmon Kings game. Police found that four other minors had also consumed beer at the game, and all were ejected by arena security.

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