No stripper recruiting at Thompson Rivers University
The city's lone strip club boasts a College Career Night every Tuesday, but it has nothing to do with enticing university students to dance for money.
The Duchess on Tranquille Show Lounge in North Kamloops has College Career Night, with food and drink prices aimed at student patrons, among other weekly theme nights.
But, said office manager Chris Hammer, the Duchess has no intention of looking to Thompson Rivers for women to take to the stage.
B.C. Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto issued a statement this week, warning universities to keep an eye on their career fairs, after a strip club in Windsor, Ont., announced plans to recruit female students as dancers in exchange for tuition payments.
The federal Conservatives' omnibus Bill C-38, which became law this summer, included a provision that ended work visas for foreign strippers.
As a result, Tim Lambrinos, executive director of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, has told media in his hometown of Windsor, Ont., that the industry will be looking for potential legal-age employees at public high schools and universities.
Hammer said the Duchess's dancers are hired from two agencies and are independent contractors who stay for a week, with each dancer performing about 20 dances for between $50 and $135 per show.
"Absolutely not," Hammer said when asked if the Duchess would consider recruiting performers from Thompson Rivers University or other post-secondary schools.
"That's more of a headache than you would ever want."
Hammer said dancers at the Duchess must be at least 19 years of age, noting most are between 21 and 32.
He has known some dancers who use their talent to pay for school.
"But, they go into it on their own," he said. "I knew one girl who really loved attending school, so she worked all summer and that paid her tuition."
Despite the warning from the provincial government, Thompson Rivers University isn't expecting to see recruiters from the adult-entertainment industry applying for booths at campus job fairs this year.
However, Susan Forseille, chairwoman of TRU's career-education department, said in the seven years she's been with the school, no one in the industry has approached the university — or any college or university in the province.
"We meet regularly, the post-secondary institutions in B.C. We meet a couple times a year and we're online with emails and this has never come up, nope," she said.
Forseille said the school vets and "gives critical thought" to all applications by employers who want to use the university job board or come to career fairs, noting TRU and can reject businesses that aren't a good fit.
But, she's not expecting to have to pen any rejection letters to strip clubs this year.
"I don't know why that memo, what motivated it," she said.
"I can tell you it's something our school hasn't experienced any challenges with."