A new code of conduct that has been introduced involves year-long and lifetime bans for those involved in the violent behaviour in the Granville district. Bar Watch's Chair, Curtis Robinson rolled out the parameters of the new code of conduct at the Republic Night Club. Fighting, verbal abuse, harassment, unwanted physical contact, drink tampering, theft or bringing concealed liquor into any of Bar Watch’s venues will result in a year-long ban. Those who bring weapons into venues will be barred for life.
“If you get charged for a violent offence on Granville Street or elsewhere in Vancouver, particularly the Granville strip and you’re found to be in possession of a knife or a weapon, you have forfeited your right to enter a Bar Watch bar, nightclub, pub or any venue under our umbrella for life,” Robinson said.
This rule applies to both the interior and exterior of Bar Watch properties. If a person leaves an establishment and starts a fight or engages in dangerous behaviour elsewhere on Granville, the same bans will apply. Robinson explained that his group will use court records to cross reference the identities and convictions in each case.
30 establishments fall under the Bar Watch code, predominantly along Granville Street, Gastown and Yaletown.
Outside of introducing the code of conduct, Robinson doubled down on other issues that could help mitigate violence and disorder on Granville: extended transit hours on weekends, allowing ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber and increasing fighting fines to $1,000.
“I worked down here for years and it was nightmare at 3:30 in the morning trying to get people to move along,” Robinson said.
VPD statistics show the Granville Street and Gastown entertainment districts saw 590 reported fights in 2017. VPD Staff Sgt. Damien said between 13 and 15 officers are assigned to the Granville strip on weekends during the summer. He told council earlier this month the number of bylaw tickets written for fighting on the Granville strip has jumped annually since 2014 — 15 at that point, compared to 87 last year.
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