Nova Scotia

Sydney bans teen dances in city-owned buildings

Cape Breton regional council has voted to ban teen dances in municipally owned buildings.

Cape Breton regional council has voted to ban teen dances in municipally owned buildings.

Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter MacIsaac gave a report to council on Tuesday outlining a series of events that occurred at a dance six weeks ago.

MacIsaac told council his officers broke up six fights that night at the Bi-centennial Gym in Sydney.

He said they were dealing with a crowd that was out of control, including a young man who assaulted a security guard, numerous cases of underage drinking and one girl who was taken to hospital with alcohol poisoning.

Several young people were sent home in taxis.

"I don't want them back at the Bi-centennial Gym. I don't want to run the risk of somebody being killed or somebody being maimed in a CBRM-owned facility when I had an opportunity to do the right thing," said Ray Paruch, a local councillor.

"That right thing — as far as I'm concerned — is to cancel the dances. Cancel them."

Council then voted to invite young people from area high schools to form a committee to develop a strategy for safe teen dances.

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