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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Grey County Looks at Smoking Again

Grey County | by Matt Villeneuve  

Grey County Council agrees to look again at a smoking ban at outdoor spaces.

Parks are common places for everyone in the community to access and enjoy, and Grey County is again considering making them smoke free.

Grey County Council agreed Tuesday to renew talks about a 'Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces' bylaw for parks, playgrounds, sports fields and beaches -- though it wasn't unanimous.

West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News he would prefer to see the resources put towards public education rather than regulations.

A sub-committee has been put together on the recommendation of the Corporate Services Committee in a bid to create some sort of outdoor smoking ban, that would cover all of Grey and Bruce Counties.

Chatsworth Mayor Bob Pringle says there was interest in six of nine municipalities within the County when the idea was first presented early last year.

That being said, one of the key concerns is enforcement and cost.

Pringle tells us those concerns would hopefully be passed on to the Grey-Bruce Health Unit, who have the resources to police the bylaw.

County Council will once again look at 'Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces' legislation at a future meeting...

Back in November, Grey County Council passed the 'hot-potato' issue of a smoking ban in outdoor public places to the province.

Deciding instead to write a letter to the Minister of Health asking the province to consider amendments to the Smoke Free Ontario Act, addressing outdoor public spaces.



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