Brock booze bus = bad behaviour
By Anton Vidgen
An after-hours bus service run by the Brock University Students’ Union
is under fire from area residents who claim drunken youth have
been vandalizing their homes.
Affectionately known as the “booze bus” by inebriated
frosh, the bus service picks up students from downtown bars
in St. Catharines and transports them to the nearby city of
Thorold, which is a popular residential area amongst Brock
But homeowners in the area have complained to city councillors
that students dropped off by the bus have been urinating on
homes, kicking over utility boxes and engaging in random acts
of vandalism, explained Thorold city administrator Lorne Mitchell.
In the past three months, Mitchell said the situation has
worsened to the point that there have been confrontations between
intoxicated students and residents late at night. “The
problems seem to have escalated,” he said, adding there
have even been incidents of egging and doorbells being rung
at 3 a.m.. “Residents have been intimidated and threatened.”
A police officer has been stationed on the bus to attempt
to deal with uncontrollable youth, but Mitchell said the move
has proved mostly ineffective, forcing Thorold’s mayor
to write a formal letter to BUSU’s president, requesting
the discontinuation of the service.
Though BUSU’s VP-administration and finance Bryan Butryn
said the union has yet to receive the mayor’s letter,
he said these problems were unexpected as there has been minimal
contact with Thorold councillors.
“It’s very hard to fix something if you don’t
know there’s a problem,” he said.
The students’ union meets bi-weekly with the Niagara
Regional Police Department to discuss the bus service, but
Butryn said there have never been any problems except for one
incident in October.
University Students’ Council VP-student affairs Matt
Huether said the idea of a booze bus is interesting, but there
would be too many risks associated with such a venture, not
least of which would be alcohol liability.
Huether said he thinks hammered Western students wanting their
very own booze bus should not get their hopes up. “I
don’t think the overall benefit is there.”