Posts Tagged ‘ban’

London’s Bottled Water Ban

August 22, 2008

I’m going to take 1 minute (all the time that it deserves) to respond here to a recent letter to the LFP editor which offends me because of it’s blatant inaccuracy.

What kind of totalitarian regime prevents its citizens from access to clean, refreshing H2O?

gf20080821001Examine for yourself this photo which I took yesterday (and another one HERE.) Clean, free, fresh water right smack-dab in Victoria Park. Not only does the city provide these fountains to it’s citizens, but it does so without restriction. You will observe that there are no armed guards or lethally-spiked metal fences.

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Media Interview Request: Drive-Thru Issue

June 24, 2008

KevBo avatarThis entry has been cross-posted over at WASHED.ca so that it may reach the widest audience.

Today upon arriving home I received an email from a journalist working for the French CBC Radio (based in Toronto) informing me that they are looking to do a long feature story on the drive-through debate going recently in the City of London (Ontario).

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Drive-Thrus: A New Approach

June 20, 2008

Im sitting here (while working from home today) with my web browser open with about a billion tabs open, all having a different article open having to deal with the Drive-Thru debate that is once again a hot topic in London. (for a little tidbit check out the London Free Press Article).

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Japan’s Indefensible Whale Slaughter

February 8, 2008

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Commercial whaling decimated 8 of the 10 great whale species. 01 The International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling in 1986. But some countries have continued to kill whales by using “scientific” exceptions. 01

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N.Vancouver Drive-Thru Ban?

January 22, 2008

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After debating Sam Schechter‘s motion that was on last night’s City of North Vancouver agenda, the feasibility of restricting any new drive-thru’s was referred back to staff for more review.

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Fast-Car Ads Hit Quebec Roadblock

December 18, 2007

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An amendment to Quebec’s Bill 42 (highway safety) would “give the provincial auto insurance board the mandate to come up with guidelines to ban [car] ads that depict ‘heedless, careless or dangerous behaviour and gestures’ “ and more.

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Open-Air Clothes Drying

December 9, 2007

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On this week’s Planning Committee meeting agenda, a written submission titled “Use of Restrictive Covenants to Limit and/or Prohibit the Use of Clotheslines and Umbrella Clothes Dryers Within the City of London.”

My take on this issue? There ought to be a clothesline or umbrella dryer in every London yard. And the property owner ought to be able to choose which one to employ. Full stop.

Butt Out When Cars Contain Children

December 7, 2007

In 2003/04, MPP Garfield Dunlop “floated a proposal…to snuff out smoking in cars occupied by children” but subsequently decided after “his office was deluged with a barrage of “nasty” e-mails from constituents” that “legislation banning the practice would have a better chance of success if spearheaded by the OMA, rather than as a private member’s bill” (‘Smoking Bans in Cars Carrying Children Gains Support‘; ASH; 2004/10/20).

In 2004 the OMA released a final report called “Exposure to second-hand smoke: are we protecting our kids?” It says that the risk of children contracting respiratory illness and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is higher when they’re exposed to SHS (2nd-hand smoke) in vehicles. That’s because the toxicity of smoke in cars can be 23 times greater than in a house! SHS is also blamed for increased numbers of adult cancer and heart disease.

Just last month, Wolfville, N.S. became the first municipality in Canada to ban smoking in cars when they are carrying children. First-time offenders get a warning, but repeat offenders face a $50 fine.

Is Wolfville serious about the danger to children, or is it just making a token gesture? It seems to me that a $50 fine might be appropriate for the 1st offence, but there needs to be a stronger message sent to repeat offenders.

At the 2007/11/26 CAPS Committee meeting, Councillor Bernie MacDonald tabled a “No Smoking in Cars with Children Present” report (Town of Wolfville, N.S., 2007/09/25) and inquired about whether a bylaw could be implemented here. CAPS unanimously approved referral of the report “to the City Solicitor for report back at a future meeting of the CPSC as to how the City of London might implement restrictions on smoking in vehicles with children present.” After it returns to CAPS it’s expected to go before City Council.

Links:
1996/11 – OMA: SHS Position Paper
2003/02 – OMA: SHS Position Paper
2004/ – OMA: SHS Position Paper
2007/02/02 – Globe&Mail: Ontario rejects car-smoking ban
2007/11/27 – CBC: Councillor Bernie MacDonald interview (audio)
2007/11/28 – OMA: Time for Ontario to act to protect children’s health
2007/11/29 – LondonTopic: London applauded for initiative…
2007/12/06 – Toronto Star: ‘MPP: Ban smoking in cars with kids’
2007/12/06 – CTV: MPP bill calls for smoking ban in cars with minors
2007/12/06 – SooToday: Orazietti’s bill would let cops pull you over for smoking
2007/12/06 – OMA: …calls on all MPPs to support bill…