Second meeting on smoking bylaw set for tonight

While sporting fewer presenters than the initial meeting April 2, Mayor Glenn Witherspoon and council will get a chance to hear more opinions about a proposed bylaw banning smoking in enclosed public places at a second meeting Tuesday night at the Civic Centre.
“As of this morning, we have five people signed up,” Clerk Glen Treftlin said Tuesday, adding there were two as of last Thursday, with the others trickling in daily since then.
Speaking at tonight’s meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m., include Paul Forget, Mark Jones, Guy Donaldson of Robin’s Donuts, David Schwartz, and Marlene Deschamps of the Fort Frances Native Women’s Association.
Presenters will be allotted 10 minutes to speak.
And if more people still want a say on the issue, the town has scheduled a third public meeting April 30.
The idea to hold public meetings on the smoking bylaw issue first was brought up in January after the Northwestern Health Unit launched a postcard campaign to gauge public support for a ban on smoking in all enclosed public places.
Then in February, Dr. Pete Sarsfield, CEO and medical officer of health for the health unit, officially declared second-hand smoke a “health hazard.”
Dr. Sarsfield has since said he’s prepared to take legal action against district municipalities that don’t establish such a bylaw.
Mayor Witherspoon reaffirmed at the April 2 meeting that council is committed to gathering more information on smoking bylaws and the impact they’ve had on businesses elsewhere before making any decisions.