A tattoo parlour would not be a proper neighbour for a school of immigrant children, say activists going to city hall today to block the business from opening only steps away from an inner-city classroom.
Tattoo and body-piercing shops, of the kind approved by the city at 402 Notre Dame Ave., attract members of criminal gangs, say people from the West Alexander neighbourhood near Central Park expected to appear this morning before the city's appeal committee.
From the Winnipeg Free Press. And who is leading this charge of the righteous?
"It's not that I have a personal issue with tattooing," said Al Revet, the pastor at Love-N-Care Ministries.
"The big issue for me is how, in this area, (tattoo shops) are used for gang markings."
My emphasis, of course. But is that his real reason, or is it another case of "thou shalt not be different from thy neighbour"?