There’s been lots written about the accident two summers ago in Muskoka which resulted in three fatalities after the driver was apparently overserved at ClubLink’s Lake Joseph Club. The accident got a ton of media coverage, especially when the police charged the board of directors, resulting in headlines. There were a lot fewer headlines when those charges all disappeared — police had made their point, though it looks like they never had a chance of convictions against the men, practically all senior executives at Canadian companies.
The latest news came down yesterday, and sees Lake Joseph lose its license for 45-days (source: Toronto Star):
In a decision issued Wednesday by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, The Lake Joseph Club, operated by the ClubLink Corporation, admitted to breaching a section of the Ontario Liquor Licence Act by selling liquor to intoxicated persons.
“A suspension for 45 days is very rare,” according to Lisa Murray, a spokesperson for the commission. Most suspensions are less than 14 days, she said.
Of course, despite the fact the Star says the suspension comes at “peak season,” most members won’t even notice unless they come at the start of July:
The liquor licence suspension runs from 11 a.m. June 1 to 2 a.m. July 16. The punishment was part of an agreed statement of facts between lawyers for ClubLink and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission.
I’d say ClubLink got off pretty lightly. If the suspension had come down in July and August, it would have really affected the club’s off-course revenue.
I also love how at the end of its story the Star calls Lake Joseph Club “hangout for the cottage set.” Last time I checked it was a private club…