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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.

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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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