Can't remember the exact quotes from the video but oh man it was good when they showed the two sides having a face to face.
Club: Why are you trying to take our jobs?
Student: But we're not!
Club: You're trying to shut down our workplace, and you want us to get job counseling!
Student: Well yeah but ummmmmmmm
Here is the video report of the protest where the uninformed kiddies are challenged by the exotic dancers:http://bc.ctvnews.ca...women-1.1121690
And a report from CTV BC:
A strip club in New Westminster has become the target of a grade 12 social justice class from Coquitlam, who see it as an objectification of women.
Students from the Dr. Charles Best Secondary class are protesting the Paramount Gentleman’s Club on Columbia Street that’s been in operation for 20 years.
“We believe the Paramount is supporting this sexualized society, and we don’t like that,” said secondary school student Adam MacDonald.
On Saturday, the students were gathering signatures outside the club calling for its closure, but workers at the club were fighting back and staging a protest of their own. Workers say the students didn’t consider those that would be put out of a job if the club were to close.
“I’d like them to understand that we employ a lot of beautiful, intelligent women, who are empowered to make their own decisions about their bodies and about their path in life,” said Paramount dancer Ashley Pitts.
MacDonald said the point wasn’t to target this particular club or take away their jobs, but to spread the larger message.
“We don’t want to take away these people’s jobs, we know they need to make a living somehow,” he said. “We just want to get the awareness out there, that this is objectifying women.”
The manager of the Paramount said the students should have tried to contact the club before trying to close them down.
The Paramount has a business license which makes them legally able to operate for the next five years.http://bc.ctvnews.ca...0#ixzz2IYfmOr8Z
And why should it be shut down? According to teacher Ken Ipe this is teaching students to "think objectively"????-
"[The clubs are] controlled by, in a lot of cases, organized crime," he said. "There are safety issues in these clubs. And [the women who work there] can convince themselves, but I think perhaps they're a little naive on the process. We're hoping that our campaign will shed light on that."
One too many episodes of The Sopranos viewed perhaps?
Here is the written report from Global News BC
There were Grade 12 students from Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam on one side of the street, and employees both past and present from The Paramount in New Westminster on the other side of the street.
Both were trying to raise awareness about a petition started by a social justice class at the school - to shut down
The Paramount because it objectifies women.
"We just don't think it's right, and someone has to do something about it, so that's what we're going to do," said one student.
For employees of The Paramount, which has been open for two decades, they say they support what the students are doing, but feel they need to be more informed of all the issues.
"We support what you are doing but maybe next time have a bit more information before you guys start saying things," said a manager. "But definitely we support freedom of speech."
"These girls are intelligent women who are making a choice for themselves that should not be taken away," said Ashley Pit, an employee of The Paramount.
Another employee said this movement affects their entire industry, not just The Paramount, and another movement has been started online to show support for the club.
"We're not the evils in this world," she said.
The biggest issue appears to be the fact that the school and the students did not contact the club before starting the petition.
Owner Steven Mountford, who has not spoken to Global BC on camera, told us no one contacted him to learn more about his business or his side of the story.
In a message posted on our Facebook page, it reads:
"I am still waiting to speak with anyone from the school or Selina Robinson (City of Coquitlam councillor) regarding this issue. My question still remains “why has this teacher not contacted me or anyone from my club? I find him using his influence in position of athority [sic] and power as a teacher to push an agenda without opening a discussion and talking about this subject very disturbing?"
But for teacher Ken Ipe, he said his students are very informed about all the issues.
"We want to challenge our students to think about this in an objective way," he said. "Well the criticism is, people say 'be informed'. Well we've done our due diligence here that's for sure."
"We know the issues."
So what are the issues?
"[The clubs are] controlled by, in a lot of cases, organized crime," he said. "There are safety issues in these clubs.
And [the women who work there] can convince themselves, but I think perhaps they're a little naive on the process. We're hoping that our campaign will shed light on that."http://www.globaltvb...2052/story.html