It has all the makings of an unsavory story, ripe for a daily newspaper, politics and sex. However, is it really that bad when you dig deeper?
Three Toronto councillors were recently followed and observed entering a strip club in Toronto. The councillors had accepted an invitation from the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, a registered and approved lobbyist on the municipal lobby registry, to come and inspect the working conditions and requirements in a Toronto strip club.
Councillors receive these types of invitations often from various industries and sectors of a city’s business community. These tours usually are designed to show current challenges, violations or solutions in a certain business practice.
The councillors in this case, paid for the lunch they ate at the strip club and attended the establishment during a lunch break in their council meeting. No lap dances. No dollars in G-strings. Three grown men inspecting an establishment which is licensed to carry on business in the city, could easily have been a printing press or bakery.
Now, is this a story? Did the councillors do something wrong? Does it only appear wrong because it is a strip club? How could this moral furor have been avoided and yet had proper municipal attention paid to such an establishment?
What do you think On Deadline readers?