City council worried about booze and nudity

Saskatoon city councillors are looking for some rules to govern strip clubs in the city.

Saskatoon seeks rules for strip clubs

City council wants rules on strip clubs.

Saskatoon city councillors are looking for some rules to cover up some issues they believe will be exposed when the provincial government peels back some of Saskatchewan’s liquor laws.

This July, the government will relax some long standing laws that will allow partial nudity in establishments licensed to serve alcohol.

That has some city councillors worried.  

"It's not difficult to envision that a neighborhood pub that transitions to this kind of activity would attract a different clientele and potentially impact the neighborhood in a different way," said councilor Mairin Lowen. "So we want to ensure that we consider all the possible ramifications of this change."

Last night council asked the city's administration to come up with recommendations to regulate bars with strip teases. The recommendations may include amendments to both the Adult Services Licensing bylaw and a zoning bylaw. 

"I think a strip club belongs in a light industrial or heavy industrial area nowhere near a residential neighborhood," said councillor Darren Hill.  

Hill says other municipalities that have legalized stripping in bars have experienced an increase in drug trafficking and human trafficking.