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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hanover Rejects Smoking Bylaw

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Hanover votes against Health Unit ban on smoking in outdoor public places.


Some bad news for the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

Hanover Council voted 4-2 in rejecting the Grey Bruce Health Unit's Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces bylaw.

Only Councillors Ed King and Peter Hambly supported the proposal.

Deputy Mayor Bob White believes public education and consultation is the far better route over forced legislation.

Councillor Ed King however tougher restrictions are necessary for the sake of our youth.

Under the proposed bylaw -- smoking would be banned from all public outdoor spaces including parks, soccer fields, trails, pavilions as well as from restaurant patios.

This proposed ‘patio ban’ says Councillor Rick Hopkins would have a detrimental impact on the local Legion which constructed a patio specifically for smokers.

Mayor Kathi Maskell says the bylaw is riddled with enforcement issues.

She says rather than order people to butt out -- Hanover will try to encourage and educate them through the use of signs.

Grey County will vote on the bylaw soon.

In order for the County to pass the Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces bylaw, a triple majority is required.



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