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Concerts at UBC could see booze served 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

After a vote this week at Metro Vancouver, people going to concerts at the University of B.C. Thunderbird Arena could be allowed to enjoy booze and music at the same time.

Before this, safety and nuisance concerns meant the only concerts allowed to serve alcohol were those with temporary exemptions or sporting events.

According to a Metro Vancouver report, staff are recommending approval for alcohol to be served at up to eight concerts a year.

RCMP had worried about excessive alcohol and drug use - and in a November event, drug use and trafficking was seen by Mounties, though the beer garden was well-behaved.

"What they've done for the last year was they recognized liquor at concerts bring in a different kind of population, different risks of safety and different levels of disturbance," said Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A director Maria Harris.

"What I was looking for was whether the concerns of the community of public nuisance were addressed. They appear to be." 

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