Vancouver Police recently said it wants party promoters to pick up the tab for policing at unsanctioned events.
But one group it’s a step in the wrong direction.
Matt Troy is the Director for not-for-profit group Vancouver Art and Leisure. He understands there are safety concerns – such as the ones brought up after the death of a 23 year old during a late-night party in Stanley Park last week, but says officials need to reassess the situation.
“Seeing that these events are needed and seeing that it’s enriching public life in the city whether it is a beach party or a bike rave or a music gathering, these types of things add fun to our city and they add culture.”
Troy says he wants to see better co-ordination between city officials and organizers so that everyone is on the same page.
“Work with promoters to find alternative locations, or make these locations more safe. Because promoters and cultural organizers don’t feel like the city will work with them, it’s pushing us underground and making the city less safe.”
Troy says police need to stop creating a divide between event organizers and officials.