It’s not often the words "city councillor" and "pole dancing" appear in a news story that isn’t about some kind of sordid sex scandal.
But on Thursday afternoon a pole dancer performed for Toronto council members during a committee meeting at city hall.
The pole dancer was there as the city’s licensing and standards committee reviews its guidelines on what acts are allowed — and which ones are verboten — inside city strip clubs.
The pole dancer performed (fully clothed) for a few minutes to give council members an idea about what goes on behind the closed doors of Toronto strip clubs.
Owners of the clubs are asking for guidelines from the city and in many cases want the rules relaxed.
The pole-dancer's performance triggered an immediate response on Twitter.
Coun. Janet Davis sent out this message on Twitter, and included a jibe at Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti, who often talks about the need for a red-light district in Toronto: "OMG. Watching Lic. Cttee live pole-dancing! AND they're talking about what sexual activity is acceptable in adult entertmnt. Where's Mammo?"
Coun. Mike Layton also took to Twitter:
"We've entered a new low at City Hall. An adult entertainer was just permitted to perform for the Licensing and Standards committee."