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Edmonton Municipality Respects Jewish Plea; Changes Ordinance

The City Council of this city, out of consideration for the religious practices of local Jewish merchants, has adopted a city ordinance permitting retail stores to remain open late on Thursday evenings instead of Friday evenings as originally planned.

The decision was taken as a result of a request to this effect by a committee of clergymen of the three major faiths who told the city authorities that permitting the stores to remain open Friday evenings would either cause a drop in synagogue attendance because Jewish merchants would keep their stores open late on Friday to compete with non-Jewish retailers or would cause Jewish shopkeepers to suffer serious financial losses.