Victoria’s Canada Day celebrations have earned a reputation for scantily clad young adults enjoying a booze-fueled party.
During a post-mortem of last year’s event, city council floated the idea of limiting the sale of alcohol on July 1.
Powered by alcohol, Canada Day riots caused $165,000 in damages in Edmonton in 2001. Analysis of Vancouver’s recent riot also points to alcohol as a major contributing factor.
After investigation, however, Victoria abandoned the idea of pursuing any limitations on liquor stores.
“We haven’t moved forward with that,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “We understand that it would take a provincial legislation to do that. We would have to present reasonable, probably grounds as to why there might be some sort of large social disorder happening because of it.”
Fortin said the city is focused on having a fun, vibrant Canada Day, where families feel comfortable participating.
Despite dumping a large amount of alcohol from festival goers, Victoria police said last year’s events went smoothly.