Nonsmokers will have a bylaw to back them up when they ask smokers to butt out in parks and outside civic facilities starting next spring.
They won’t, however, be able to summon a bylaw officer.
Council voted 7-2 in favour of a bylaw amendment Tuesday prohibiting smoking and “vaping” of e-cigarettes in all City parks and on civic building properties.
“This is a logical evolution of where we have been with other smoking legislation from the City of Kamloops,” said Coun. Ken Christian, noting that it will reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, reduce the modelled behaviour of smoking and “de-normalize” tobacco use in the city.
He also said it’s important to send a message as Ottawa considers decriminalizing marijuana use.
“Some smokers may feel like we’re pushing them farther and farther into the woods, and fair enough,” said Coun. Arjun Singh. “I do believe people will comply and, hopefully, more people will be encouraged to give it up.”
Via Harley, another “logical evolution”:
A Waffle House customer shot and killed an employee after she told him to put out a cigarette at the U.S. 90 business in the early-morning hours Friday, police said.
Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said the 52-year-old employee was shot in the head after arguing with the customer about smoking inside the restaurant around 1 a.m. Friday.
The employee, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, died at Merit Health Biloxi a short time later. She had a suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.
What else is to be expected when one part of a society is set upon by another?
The War on Smoking is going to claim a lot of casualties.
And this is all supposed to be about health?
In other news, the West seems to be backing away from Recep Erdogan:
Lt. General Tom McInerney is an expert on handling threats from fighter jets….
In his role as Norad commander for Alaska, McInerney dealt with more Russian fighter jet incursions (which he calls “bear penetrations”) than anyone else in the world.
So McInerney knows how to tell innocent from hostile incursions by foreign fighter jets, standard rules of engagement of foreign fighter jets, how to read radar tracks, and the other things he would need to know to form an informed opinion about the shootdown of a foreign jet.
Yesterday, McInerney told Fox News – much to the surprise of the reporter interviewing him – that assuming the Turkish version of the flight path of the Russian jet is accurate, Russia wasn’t threatening Turkey, and that Turkey’s shoot down of the Russian jet “had to be pre-planned”, as the jet wasn’t in Turkish air space long enough for anything other than a premeditated attack to have brought it down.
That’s what the Russians are saying too. And what I was pretty much saying as well.
Juncker warned that the euro is pointless if people can’t move around freely to use it.
“If the spirit of Schengen leaves us … we’ll lose more than the Schengen agreement. A single currency doesn’t make sense if Schengen fails,” Juncker told the parliamentarians.
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