Town of Wolfville
By Wendy Elliott
A Protection from Second Hand Smoke Bylaw has had first reading by Wolfville town council.
Based on bylaws created in other Nova Scotia municipalities, such as Bridgewater, Kentville and Hantsport, Wolfville will authorize its enforcement officer to take action. A fine of $200 is proposed for anyone in contravention of the bylaw.
Chief administrative officer Josh Pyrcz said the town wants to create more robust enforcement of the bylaw. Wolfville, he said, was once at the cutting edge of controlling smoking in vehicles and public places, but those bylaws were repealed when more stringent provincial legislation was introduced.
The smoke-free vehicles bylaw was first introduced in 2007. In recent years, the trend has been for towns to introduce their own controls on smoking because the province’s legislation can only be enforced by a provincial tobacco inspector.
Smoking will be banned on all town properties, all public buildings, school buildings and within four metres of any entrance, window or air intake on any building.
The bylaw, which also protects youth in vehicles, has been drafted with the support and backing of the Canadian Cancer Society. Back in April, association representative Kelly Wilson, along with volunteers Doug Hergett, Stephen Peters and others, appealed to council for the new bylaw.
Sidewalk smokers were blamed when a large sheet of plate glass was broken in March 2013 at the Harvest Gallery, damaging the floor and embedding glass in the frames of some artwork. The window was worth $3,000.
Patrons of a nearby drinking establishment still congregate and smoke near the entrance to the gallery.