first_imgVoting to elect the new Mayor of Donegal Town will get underway later this morning.There are three candidates are contesting the honorary position – outgoing Mayor Paul Keeney, Patricia Callaghan and Tom Conaghan.Voting takes place today in the St John Bosco centre from 10am and polls will remain open unitl 8pm. Anyone over the age of 16 can vote as well as paid up members of Donegal Town Community Chamber.EndsVOTING FOR NEW DONEGAL TOWN MAYOR GETS UNDERWAY was last modified: March 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

C-K council ‘strips’ number of adult entertainment parlours allowed

first_imgChatham-Kent council narrowly decided Monday in a 9-8 vote to only allow a single strip club to operate in the municipality at any time.The municipality previously provided licences to three adult entertainment parlours, but two of them – JR’s in Chatham and Kent Tavern in Wallaceburg – have since closed their doors. Spanky’s in Chatham will now hold the only licence for this type of business.Clerk Judy Smith said the municipality provided the recommendation as a way of “cleaning up the bylaw” to reflect the one remaining adult business in Chatham-Kent.“There are establishments like this that most municipalities try to limit the numbers,” added John Norton, general manager of community development for the municipality.“When a business disappears, it’s an opportunity for council to consider how many of that type of business they wish in their community.Councillors Mark Authier, Mike Bondy, Carmen McGregor, Anthony Ceccacci, Marjorie Crew, Joe Faas, Aaron Hall, John Wright and Mayor Darrin Canniff voted in favour of the recommendation.Against it were Brock McGregor, Melissa Harrigan, Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, Clare Latimer, Jamie McGrail, Steve Pinsonneault, Doug Sulman and Trevor Thompson.“It’s interesting how regulation around businesses that might have what I will call ‘ethics’ involved in them seem to go unquestioned, but then (for) other business regulations we put forward, we would really comment if it’s government’s role to put those regulations in,” said Harrigan.The West Kent councillor said there might have been “good intent” in trying to limit this type of business, but it may end up doing a “disservice” to workers in this industry.“In actuality, what that can often lead to is the result of unlicensed business taking place in an unregulated area and then there’s less ability for open conversation and control and potentially the safety of people who are working in adult entertainment establishments,” Harrigan said.Pinsonneault said he had a problem with the recommendation because he wants to support free enterprise, “whether you think the business is appropriate or not in the community.”Thompson asked whether or not this decision would make the remaining licence more valuable.“I wouldn’t want to speculate on what the value of licences is in the marketplace,” responded Norton.Thompson then said he had made his point.Authier noted council had previously decided to allow only six licences for payday lending businesses.“This is the same thing, basically, as far as I’m concerned – putting a limit on licences,” he said.last_img read more