As I promised a new thread about busking in Nanaimo I have been a busker in Nanaimo since 1984 and busked regularly in front of Terminal park liquor store & also the liquor store that was on the corner of Albert st and Cavan. For the past 8 years I have been busking along the waterfront walkways with my family and occasionaly on my own.
Since the busking review in 2003 there has been 4 of us in our group and we hold a valid group licence. On Monday the 23rd I attempted to add my sister to my group license as the bylaw for street entertainers indicates a definition of a group is 2 or more. During my visit to the bylaw office to make the change to my license I was told by Veneta Roberge (Deputy license inspector) that effective imediately I would be ticketed anytime we are performing with any member of our group absent from the performance.
Street entertainers bylaw 5602 Does not say anywhere that if you hold a group license all members of the group must be present during all performances. I did have a meeting with Randy Churhill to clarify what was going on and he told me he would talk to Veneta Roberge and call me but 2 days have gone by without a call. Where does this leave me? Do I go busking anyway and face the possibility of getting tickets or do I do what Veneta Roberge asks and by a licencse for each combination of 5 people in our group?
This would be a $20 license for each member of my group I choose to perform with and also each member of my group would pay $20 for each member they choose to perform with This adds up to $220.00 per group member x 5 = $1100 now should I be angry? Is there something wrong here?
Please help me out with this.