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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sunday Shopping Debate Isn't Over

Common council appears to be warming somewhat to the idea of letting businesses set their own Sunday Shopping Hours.

Mayor Mel Norton tells CHSJ News he approves of the decision to look into the by-law change, since local retailers are struggling in some parts of the city and need to be able to stay competitive.

Common councillor Shirley McAlary says she initially worried about workers and that hasn't changed--however, since the last meeting she's heard from retail workers who say they could use the extra hours where they can get them. Further, she says, businesses should be trusted to make the decisions best for them.

The City Mananger has been asked to look into the by-law change which would take a minimum of weeks to go through the legal department have a second and third reading.