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City Councilman Cornwall says the arcade ban game is over

The act of declaring a "game over" for the arcades in Cornwall, ON, makes no more sense and should go, says one city councilor.

In 1992, local politicians were concerned about teenage recreational drug use in the city and believed the arcades were to blame, City Councilor Justin Justin Tundale told CBC Radio All in one day Tuesday.

This has forced the city council to ban new, standalone arcades, restricting them to shopping malls and hotels.

The by-law also forced bowling alleys and pools with four or more arcade consoles to apply for exemptions.

“The teens were going [to arcades] … They were worried that the dealers would go there, "he said.

Austin Twendale, Cornwall, On. the city councilor said he wants to remove the old restrictions on arches in the area. (Delivered by Justin Justin Twendale)

Towndale submitted a proposal at a city council meeting Tuesday, saying it is time to reconsider the acts.

The council voted "yes" to consider a fresh ban, but now a formal process will have to be followed, involving public consultation.

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Towndale said he wanted to visit the arcades as a teenager and believed they were a business opportunity for people in the city.

"They are making a comeback, resurrecting them … There is sustainable business here and we are preventing people from opening businesses in the community," he said.

He cited the example of a local man who wants to open a video game museum in Cornwall full of video game consoles, but cannot because of current regulation.

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