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Iron Fist At The Iron Horse

EDMONTON, Alberta (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Iron Horse nightclub is now bound by conditions of operation to help keep Whyte Avenue patrons and workers safer.

The city's Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) signed an agreement with the club that outlines specific conditions on their business license, according to the Edmonton Sun. The conditions are in effect immediately and if any are broken, Iron Horse is subject to a $2,000 fine and business license review.

"I think it's a location patrons are going to because there is no accountability," said city police Sgt. Nicole Chapdelaine, PSCT coordinator, according to the Edmonton Sun. "It's about accountability (on the club) and ensuring a safe establishment."

Conditions for the club located near 104 Street and 81 Avenue include a maintained daily incident log, an up-to-date policy and procedure manuel, criminal record checks on all new security staff, proper use of patron scanning including lists of those banned and adhering to all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

The criminal records of current employees have not been investigated. Hiring applicants with a criminal history will be up to the employers' discretion, however, Chapdelaine said PSCT is required to know and discuss it with the owners.

"This sends the message that we're serious and we are out there to ensure safety," said Chapdelaine.

An investigation into the club was launched after three people were stabbed June 12. As reported in the Edmonton Sun, Chapdelaine said there have been a number of serious incidents at the bar during the last two years leading to the investigation.

Inspections of Iron Horse will take place though there was no word on how often.

Owners of the club also operate four other city clubs, none of which are bound to the same stipulations.

This isn't the first time bars in Edmonton have been under scrutiny. Earlier this year, Gingur Sky nightclub was closed after a shooting in March sent four people to hospital and Twilight After Hours was also shut down after a nearby homicide.

Owners of Twilight are scheduled to appeal the decision on Tuesday. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers