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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

After a tragic shooting, a Toronto nightclub’s liquor licence was suspended

The liquor licence of a Toronto nightclub has been suspended following a fatal shooting

Key Takeaways:

  • The liquor license for a Toronto nightclub was suspended due to a tragic shooting earlier this month.

A fatal shooting earlier this month led to the suspension of a Toronto nightclub’s liquor license.

On July 17, shortly after 3:30 a.m., a shooting occurred at the EFS Social Club on King Street near Bathurst Street.

As a result, two people suffered gunshot wounds.

Pardeep Brar, 26, a resident of Brampton, was taken to the hospital in serious condition but eventually passed away from his wounds. The other victim, a 24-year-old woman, was treated at the hospital and released after being rushed there in critical condition.

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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario stated in a news release on Friday that it had issued an order immediately suspending the club’s liquor license and would start canceling it.

A condition of the club’s license, according to the regulatory body, required that “every entrance to the premises during operating hours be staffed with at least one security guy equipped with a metal detector and also that the device be used on every person entering the facility, with no exception.” The club is accused of breaking this requirement.

“Those who possess liquor licenses in Ontario are expected to conduct themselves honestly and morally. They must also adhere to the LLCA’s requirements and their license’s restrictions in the public interest. The AGCO approaches regulation with an emphasis on compliance, and our objective is to collaborate proactively with licensees to help them fulfill their regulatory responsibilities. 

The liquor licence of a Toronto nightclub has been suspended following a fatal shooting
The liquor licence of a Toronto nightclub has been suspended following a fatal shooting. Image from CBC News

However, the AGCO will take robust regulatory measures to protect the public in situations where there has been a substantial breach damaging the public interest, according to the Registrar and CEO of the AGCO.

A metal detector “was not being used on every person entering the premises,” the AGCO claimed in the release after reviewing CCTV video from the night of the incident.

No one has been taken into custody yet for the homicide.

Source: CTV News

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