CHARLOTTETOWN - The father of a teenager who died after wandering into a blizzard after a party at a P.E.I. golf course is dismayed that a suspension levied against the course owner has been slashed.
The Dog River Golf Links in Clyde River lost its special premises liquor licence for a year after a New Year's Eve party in the clubhouse involved underage drinking and other liquor violations.
Kyle Bambrick, 18, of Charlottetown attended the party and died after leaving on his own into a snowstorm.
Course owner Ozzie MacEachern appealed the suspension and adjudicator Paul Michael recently reduced it to 30 days.
Bambrick's father, Allie Webster, said the suspension falls short.
''It doesn't seem like a very big suspension for something that happened and took a life,'' he said Tuesday.
''The law is there for a reason. It's hard to understand why they would soften the law.''
Michael concluded the clubhouse violated eight provisions of the Liquor Control Act and regulations, including knowingly selling alcohol to minors.
Testimony at the three-day appeal hearing held in Charlottetown earlier this month heard that Bambrick had consumed at least nine beers before attending the party and continued to drink there.
For reasons not known, Bambrick didn't secure a ride home and instead left the clubhouse in the early morning of Jan. 1, walking into a raging blizzard. His frozen body was found three days later near the Clyde River shore.