Booze Battle On Horizon

- May 18th, 2012

That community and protective services committee meeting yesterday was a bit of an eye-opener for me, not knowing how bad things are in Sandy Hill with students’ rowdy behaviour.

Urinating off homes, smashing beer bottles, verbal assaults. Just a regular night in that community, apparently.

One thing that struck me was there were no delegations from the other post-secondary school neighbourhoods in the city, like the ones around Carleton University or Algonquin College. It’s likely the residents in Sandy Hill mobilized efforts to make presentations to the committee, but I expected there would be more representation from those other areas.

I also heard a lot about St. Patrick’s Day in Sandy Hill being a big headache for residents. The EMC covered the story, so did CTV Ottawa.

Looks like one street was virtually shut right down from the partying.

You’ll want to watch closely how the city deals with issues involving alcohol over the next little while. There was a sense of frustration around the committee table about bars over-serving and the need for the province to send more liquor inspectors to Ottawa. Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, the police services board chairman, had already raised red flags.

Then there’s the public health component. Dr. Isra Levy, the city’s medical officer of health, has talked about alcohol use being an area he would like to tackle as a municipal health agency.

On that note, have a safe long weekend and if you’re partying in Sandy Hill, try to use the toilet instead of someone’s rooftop.

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2 comments

  1. Ian Hodgins says:

    every action has an equal and opposite reaction. you ban smoking outdoors at bars and these kids will through parties at there house where they can drink what they want and smoke in there yards in open air. All thats happened is the behavior in the byward market is staying in sandy hill

  2. Nick says:

    Didn’t we hear all the same arguments about smoking? Why is it, that no one simply insists on holding the individual accountable for their actions? Why is it always a new bylaw and the administrative costs that are the answer? It’s time we stopped using teh municipality to do our dirty work for us and simply insist the laws already on teh books be enforced. We’ve had enough regulation fromcity hall thank you very much.

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