Fernie sees reduction in alcohol related offences

Alcohol related crimes and offences in the City of Fernie are on the decline.

Alcohol related crimes and offences in the City of Fernie are on the decline. According to the Elk Valley RCMP’s third quarter report, there has been a 21 per cent decrease in Liquor Control Licensing Act occurrences since last year.

During the months of July, August, and September, there were 30 alcohol related offences, in comparison to 38 offences during the same period in 2011.

“Our provincial stats, particularly our Liquor Control Licensing Act stats, have seen a reduction,” stated Corporal Don Erichson with the Elk Valley RCMP. “It is significant because our biggest problem within the community relates to alcohol consumption and use in the downtown core, which is a function of the type of recreation based community we are.”

The Elk Valley detachment has taken steps in the last few months in an effort to address the issue, including conducting regular bar walks in Fernie’s downtown area.

“Those bar walks have led to increased contacts with bar owners and managers, and they are slowly coming around to accept our expectations,” explained Erichson. “The amount of over-service that we’re seeing in the bars is coming down, which will directly reflect the decreases that we’ve seen in the liquor violations downtown.”

The City of Fernie recently passed a Public Places Bylaw that regulates and prohibits public disturbances to discourage alcohol related offences and nuisances in the downtown streets. Specifically, the bylaw prohibits fighting, public urination, and throwing objects.

“We have seen an increase to date, we have written eight tickets, and we’re seeing a change in behavior after the bars close because of these types of things,” commented Erichson. “I’m very encouraged because we haven’t even got to the time of year when this bylaw is really going to be a necessary tool in our arsenal.”

While the third quarter numbers reflect the effectiveness of the RCMP’s work to control alcohol related problems within the community, Erichson noted there is one more deterrent that would make a big difference.

“We have been unsuccessful in acquiring our cells, which is probably the biggest tool missing to address our problems,” he remarked. “Hopefully with the City’s help, and with sustained attempts by ourselves and upper management in the RCMP, we’re going to see those things change and we’re going to get that tool approved.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Some of the folks behind Angel Flight East Kootenay: Todd Weselake is a director, partner and pilot while Brent Bidston is the president and lead pilot of the not-for-profit. Pictured here with their older plane, they hope to get an upgrade for thanks to RDEK funding. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)
Angel Flight secures RDEK funding for next five years

$100,000 will go to the not-for-profit each year, with the funds to be used to acquire a larger plane

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Interior Health reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5. (Black Press Files)
Interior Health reports 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5

Over 300,000 vaccine doses have been administered provincewide.

Ryan Bavin of Bavin Glassworks in Invermere. Photo: Submitted
Call for entries for Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Deadline for registration for artists and venues is April 15

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
36 new cases of COVID-19, one death in Interior Health

The number of active cases in the region is at 366

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: One man shot dead on Vancouver Island in ‘targeted incident’

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

Most Read