Keeping the peace with the bar-strip lollipop

A City of Victoria councillor is sweet on the idea of handing out candy suckers to late-night, inebriated revellers after leading a successful Canada Day test run.

Following the traditional fireworks display, which drew an estimated 30,000 people to downtown Victoria, Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe, her husband, two City of Victoria staff and Victoria Police Department officers doled out hundreds of red and blue lollipops to loud and aggressive, mostly young, men.

Ms Thornton-Joe said after the men popped a lolly in their mouths, their nasty energy all but dissolved. They got calmer after taking the lollipops, she said. It had an immediate effect — via

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