Saskatchewan's Dry Strip Clubs

Saskatchewan has a decades-old law with sobering consequences. If you're offering Soft Porn. you can't sell Hard Liquor. Nude dancing - strip-tease even wet-t-shirt contests are all prohibited in any establishment that sells alcohol. Now, dancers, bar owners and those fighting for civil liberties are organizing to try to change a law they call bad for business and simply irrational.

Part Three of The Current

Saskatchewan's Dry Strip Clubs - Dancer/Club Owner & Activist

Let's go to Saskatchewan now where soft porn is served up with soft drinks. We heard from one dancer's thoughts on working in a dry strip club in Saskatoon. It's been decades since exotic dancing - or even wet t-shirt contests - were allowed in establishments that sell alcohol. The province's strip club operators must be creative to deal with customers who expect a pint with their peek.

Most strip clubs have been forced out of business and out of the province. That's something that our next guests would like to see changed. Vicky Valencourt is a nude dancer and owner of an entertainment company in Saskatoon. Devin Ens is one of the organizers of an upcoming protest variety show called "Naked If I Want" and they were both in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan's Dry Strip Clubs - Lawyer & Advocate

Our next guest knows all about mixing sex, suds and statutes. Ron Dumonceaux is a lawyer who challenged Saskatchewan's laws against alcohol and nudity -- twice. Ron Dumonceaux was in Victoria.

Saskatchewan's Dry Strip Clubs - Liquor and Gaming Authority

For an idea of how this restriction is enforced, how Saskatchewan's Alcohol Control Regulations may or may not be changed, we were joined by Jim Engel. He is the Vice-President of Policy and Planning at the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. Jim Engel was in Regina.

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.

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