Bar tied to crash gives up li­cence

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - KELLY EGAN kegan@post­media.com

A Cal­abo­gie bar linked to a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing four ju­nior hockey players from the Ren­frew area has vol­un­tar­ily given up its liquor li­cence.

Only days be­fore a sched­uled hear­ing next week, Shooter’s Bar & Grill — al­ready un­der sus­pen­sion — gave up its li­cence on Nov. 30, ac­cord­ing to the Al­co­hol and Gam­ing Com­mis­sion of On­tario.

In the af­ter­math of a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on Oct. 27, com­mis­sion in­spec­tors had posted a no­tice on the door of the restau­rant on Oct. 30, al­leg­ing seven vi­o­la­tions of On­tario liquor laws, in­clud­ing per­mit­ting “ap­par­ent” mi­nors on the premises, drunk­en­ness and serv­ing liquor to in­tox­i­cated pa­trons.

OPP have said al­co­hol was a fac­tor in the crash that killed Brandon Han­ni­man and Alex Pa­que­tte, among four mem­bers of the Ren­frew Tim­ber­wolves trav­el­ling in a ve­hi­cle that left Cal­abo­gie Road and struck a rock­cut about two kilo­me­tres from Burn­stown. All the players, in­clud­ing the two sur­vivors, were 18, or be­low the le­gal drink­ing age of 19.

Nei­ther po­lice nor the al­co­hol com­mis­sion have of­fi­cially said the teenagers were at Shooter’s that night, but the AGCO made it clear the sus­pen­sion was a di­rect re­sult of the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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