City Suspends Bar Licence After Weekend Shooting
November 07, 2011
The City of Edmonton is exercising its emergency powers under the Municipal Government Act to immediately suspend the business license of 180 Degrees Restaurant for 14 days.
The bar owners were informed of the decision by the City in a letter delivered on Monday November 7, 2011.
The City is using these emergency powers according to Section 551(1) of the Municipal Government Act which states that “…in an emergency a municipality may take whatever actions or measures are necessary to eliminate the emergency … emergency includes a situation in which there is imminent danger to public safety….”
On November 6 at 1:36am, a shooting occurred at the 180 Degrees Restaurant located at 10730-107 Avenue. Three patrons and two security staff were struck by random bullets, resulting in significant trauma and injury requiring medical treatment and hospitalization.
This was an escalation in the disturbances seen at the restaurant in the last 18 months since it switched to being a nightclub in June 2010.
“This recent escalation of dangerous occurrences, the serious harm to patrons, the unknown nature of responsible parties, the unknown motives behind the shooting and the ongoing investigation demand the City take steps to eliminate an emergency situation,” says the letter to the owners.
The City has recently expanded its enforcement approach in hospitality areas across the city as part of the Violence Reduction Action Plan, jointly announced by the City, Edmonton Police Service and Reach Edmonton in August.
The City will not be commenting further on the suspension.