Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, says the city is investigating a strip club that could be violating bylaws.
Regina 151 made headlines after finding a loophole in Saskatchewan’s liquor laws that prohibit the sale of alcohol during strip performances, but now faces an uncertain future due to zoning and building bylaws. The club has been in operation since April with its owner maintaining that everything the club is doing is done so within the law.
Fougere says the city is looking at bylaw enforcement as a potential result of this investigation.
“Zoning, and any alterations to a building that is done without a permit are issues that we would be interested in talking about,” Fougere said. “With respect to the business in question, the SLGA would also have an interest in determining whether any laws are broken there as well.”
Fougere said while some people may question why the city is targeting this business instead of other crimes, it’s about following the laws in place.
“The police service will investigate and prosecute as required for those issues,” Fougere said. “The city, at the same time, enforce their own bylaws, which is what people expect to have done; enforce the rules and bylaws, and make sure people are in compliance.”
Despite the bylaw issues, the club could have a way out. If the ownership group files for a discretionary use application, the file would be in the planning commission’s hands, and later city council for approval or denial.