Criminals may be banned from Alberta bars

Alberta hopes to reduce gang-related crime in bars and nightclubs by making it easier for police to remove suspected criminals before trouble starts.

EDMONTON — Alberta hopes to reduce gang-related crime in bars and nightclubs by making it easier for police to remove suspected criminals before trouble starts.

The government has introduced proposed changes to the Gaming and Liquor Act.

One of the changes would also make it easier for bar owners to share information about troublemakers.

Police would also have the power to ban gang members from nightclubs.

Solicitor General Fred Lindsay says bars and nightclubs are supposed to be places where people can go and have a good time.

He says the amendments will make communities safer.