Business Examiner: Late night takeout controversy

October 8, 2008 at 9:02 am 3 comments

The Victoria Business Examiner covers the late-night eatery bylaw problem.

Business Examiner – Vancouver Island

Some like it late—too late

Published: October 06, 2008 8:00 AM
Updated: October 06, 2008 9:04 AM

City Hall has had enough of after-hours noise, rowdiness and urination and approves a plan to shut down fast food eateries

Victoria’s downtown fast-food outlets may not be to blame for the rowdiness outside their doors after the bars close, but they will nonetheless bear the weight of a new bylaw the city’s legislative services office is now drafting.

Robert Randall, chairman of the Downtown Residents Association, also doesn’t like the fact that fast food outlets are being punished for what drunks do. “They are acting up because of being over serviced at bars, not because having too much pizza,” he says, while admitting that many come into the downtown bars after consuming alcohol elsewhere. “They are the ones who should be punished,” he says, calling for aggressive ticketing by police for public urination and other overt rowdiness.

Randall says of his membership: “We want the downtown to be a safe place to live, but we moved here because we like the vitality and excitement. We want there to be more things to do late at night not less, and not just the bar scene.” But as for the bar scene, after closing time, “We want to calm them down, chill them out and funnel them out of the downtown. “ He proposes a later operating bus system.

It’s really hard finding a reasonable middle ground in this situation. I’m certain we can find a solution that doesn’t involve shutting down late night take-out. Charlayne Thornton-Joe asked me why can’t the take-out joints deliver the pizza straight to the bars after closing as operations wind down? Better they nosh inside than out on the street.

Entry filed under: media, social issues.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Davin  |  October 8, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Hey Robert, thought you might find it interesting as to what’s being said on a local message board about this article:

    http://www.ravevictoria.com/msgboard/msgdisplay.rave?msg=625418

    All the best,
    Davin

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  • 2. Yule Heibel  |  October 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Interesting thread, Davin. Rob, one of the ppl there writes: “7/11 is going to get mobbed. ” Didn’t someone on VV worry about this, too? It just seems so stupid to punish the pizza joints. What next? Close all the convenience stores?

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  • 3. robertrandall  |  October 8, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Yes, 7-Eleven (all three Downtown locations) will likely see more action and none of them have (or are required to have) seating or washrooms.

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