Earlier this week, the town of Stratford, PEI passed a bylaw which effectively bans smoking in all public places.
The smoke-free bylawapplies to cigarette smoking or vaping near town buildings, event spaces, parks, playgrounds, sport fields and trails. Those who consistently fail to comply could face fines between $100 and $500, which some argue are rather steep prices to pay for lighting up.
While the bylaw has actually been in place since 2007, the recent town council vote has set the policy in stone as law. Discussions to make the town entirely smoke-free began as early as November 2017, and residents continue to debate on both sides of the issue.
The move comes a few weeks after Halifax, NS, another location the Maritimes, enacted the same ban. City councillors justified the decision by saying that people should not be allowed to smoke anywhere where they are also not allowed to drink alcohol.
"The purpose of the change is to reflect the town's continuing commitment to residents' health and wellness," read a news release sent out by the town.
Town representatives say that the bylaw currently does not cover cannabis use; however, once legalization of recreational marijuana occurs in October of this year, cannabis use will only be allowed on private property.
"It's not about what an individual should be able to do with one or two doses, it's more about what we're seeing in the population as a whole especially with the vaccine coverage," he said, adding that Canada will look at things like reproduction, positivity and hospitalization rates and vaccine coverage to see if restrictions can be scaled back.
"For something like the face masks, I would say that would be probably one of the last things to go," Njoo explained. "I think it's just a good practice to keep on right until the fall until, hopefully, everyone will have received hopefully two doses by September."
Recently, Justin Trudeau revealed that this year's summer could be normal if restrictions stay in place until cases go down and at least 75% of people get at least one vaccine dose. Canada is expected to have received enough doses for that to happen by then and enough by September "for every Canadian to be fully vaccinated."
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It looks like Toronto isn't ready to restore its pre-pandemic summer plans. On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that they're extending the cancellation of all city-run, in-person events up until the end of Labour Day weekend on September 6.
This includes events like the Caribbean Carnival and the CNE, which announced in February that it hoped to reopen for Torontonians this summer.
Mayor John Tory tweeted that he's working with the CNE to help them come up with a "bigger and better in-person event in 2022."
The City said that the aim of this announcement is to make it easier for organizers to predict what will happen with their events this summer. Their statement includes a list of all 24 major events that are cancelled, many of which will take place virtually for the second year in a row.
Welcome back to the digital dive bar! This week's episode of Now On Narcity is officially live. Join your hosts Lea, Cormac, Tyeler, and Brit for a deep dive into some of the week's biggest headlines.
In This Episode
You guessed it, this week's episode starts with a Shot & Chaser headline round-up to kick it off with some unbelievable recent stories.
New Brunswick health authorities are investigating 48 cases of a mysterious brain disease that is completely stumping doctors. We break down the puzzling symptoms and explore what we know and the big questions we have.
Next, we introduce you to the "Voice of TikTok," a Canadian woman who apparently had no clue that she was the voice behind billions of videos across the app. If you've heard the text-to-speech voice on your For You page, you've heard Bev Standing's voice. We explore her allegations that TikTok is using her voice "without permission," the resulting court case, and the background behind the story.
Of course, we finish off with the Last Call look at what we've got our eyes on in the upcoming news.