Wet/Dry Program in perma-limbo
By Marshall Bellamy
Minors craving a good time at Western’s on-campus bars
during the evening will just have to wait — and at this
rate, likely until they’re 19.
Approximately two months after the suspension of the University
Students’ Council’s Wet/Dry Program, all parties
involved appear to be in a holding pattern. The program was
suspended after an Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
inspection at The Wave on Sept. 19 discovered underaged girls
According to USC general manager Mark Sellars, the university,
which holds the liquor license, and the USC will have to meet
with the AGCO in order to come to an appropriate solution,
but a solution will not come until the spring of next year.
“The university has asked us to just put on hold any potential
[changes] to The Wave until we hear from the AGCO,” noted
USC President Paul Yeoman.
“We’re reviewing everything; [the AGCO] could suspend
the license — but that’s all hypothetical right now,” said
Ab Campion, spokesperson for the AGCO.
According to Campion, information concerning the incident in
which two minors were caught drinking underage is being investigated
by a review committee. “We’ll be reviewing this
as soon as possible.
“Our role in all of this is enforcing the Liquor Licensing
Act,” Campion explained, adding the AGCO will concern itself
with the administrative side of the incident while the London
Police Department will be concerned with the possibility of laying
Sellars pointed out there are several approaches for renovating
The Wave to accommodate all ages events; one is building physical
barriers to separate drinkers from minors — which is
expensive. The other solution is moving furniture and strategically
placing security staff to ensure the two groups are separated.
He added the USC has not looked into any of these proposals
seriously because the AGCO needs to be consulted.
“Part of the problem and delay that has arisen is because
of the small number of [AGCO] agents,” Sellars explained,
citing the agents are needed to consult on any potential renovations
for The Wave.
Mike Eagan, a spokesperson for the LPD, stated an investigation
is underway over the incident and charges could potentially
be brought, adding he could not comment further because the
investigation is still in progress.
“We’ve got to come up with some options — this
is going to be a long-term issue,” Sellars added.