Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen
City council would be making “a significant and major mistake” by allowing Glebe shops to open on six holidays, says Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council.
The labour group plans to ask the mayor and councillors to block a staff recommendation to make shopping legal in the Glebe on some statutory holidays.
And the organization says it would consider an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board if city council approves the measure.
The Glebe BIA has asked the city’s permission for retailers to open New Year’s Day, Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day, plus any future holidays declared by the province.
Council’s finance and economic development committee is inviting residents to weigh in on the shopping proposal at a meeting Tuesday. City council is scheduled to vote on the committee’s decision Feb. 10.
McKenny argues those are days families want to be together rather than be scheduled to work.
“It’s incumbent upon our city council to ensure that we have that piece in play in our city,” McKenny said.
McKenny said he’s concerned city council will allow other retail districts to open on holidays if the Glebe BIA receives permission.