02/09/2015 09:47 EST | Updated 04/12/2015 05:59 EDT

Calgary City Council Now Under Drinking Ban

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TORONTO - FEBRUARY 5 - Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Toronto Mayor John Tory plays host to 19 Mayors from across the country as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities meets on February 5, 2015, in Toronto. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
CALGARY - City councillors in Calgary have approved a policy that prohibits them from drinking alcohol at work.

The new rule comes after Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he received complaints of council members being drunk and using illicit substances.

The rules will mirror what city staff have to follow.

An exception was made if councillors are hosting community functions.

Nenshi alleged some councillors have served and consumed booze in their offices over the years and on occasion, drank too much at public events.

Councillors also paved the way to hiring an integrity commissioner that would deal with complaints made about council members.


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