10:30 p.m., Feb. 22)
council approves extending no smoking bylaw to patios,
parks and sports fields
By Fred Sherwin
140,000-plus smokers will no longer be able to exercise
their habit in the city's municipal parks, sports fields
and outdoor patios after council voted to extend the no
smoking bylaw on Wednesday.
made its decision, save for Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette
and Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, despite the fact
that the new bylaw will be almost impossible to enforce.
chief bylaw officer, Linda Anderson, said the ban will
be complaint-driven, meaning there are no plans for scores
of bylaw officers to be sent out in search of offenders.
Instead, the department will monitor complaints to determine
areas where non-compliance is especially high and then
target those areas.
newly expanded bylaw will come into effect on April 2,
but tickets won't be handed out until July 2 following
a three month education period.
South-Nepean Coun. Steve Deroches tried to delay implementation
until Sept. 4, but his motion was unanimously defeated.
voted against extending the bylaw based on his stance
that education is better than enforcement. He used the
same argument when he voted against the Anti-idling Bylaw
five years ago. Since the controversial bylaw was implemented
the city has issued just four tickets.
will always support education over enforcement. This bylaw
is not enforcible. Instead, it will force smokers on to
the sidewalks and streets. I guess once we start enforcing
(the bylaw) we can create smoking lanes," said Monette,
tongue firmly planted in cheek.
new expanded bylaw is being heralded by Cumberland Ward
Coun. Stephen Blais, who brought forward the original
motion requesting the Ottawa Board of Health review and
report back to council on the public health value of banning
smoking from public spaces.
hours of council's decision, he made the following post
on his Facebook page: "It's official! Ottawa City
Council passed the smoke-free outdoor bylaw today! Patios,
parks, beaches, sports fields, festivals and fruits and
vegetable markets on municipal property will go 100% smoke-free
as of April2, 2012. Enjoy!!!"
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