Smoking banned at Summerland beaches

Smokers at Summerland’s beaches will have to go elsewhere for a nicotine fix.

Smokers at Summerland’s beaches will have to go elsewhere for a nicotine fix.

On Monday, municipal council adopted a no smoking policy for the community’s beaches.

The municipality’s Parks and Recreation Commission recommended the policy, which follows similar policies at other Okanagan communities.

Signs will be set up at Crescent Beach, Peach Orchard Beach, Rotary Beach and Powell Beach.

The cost of putting up one sign at Crescent Beach and two signs at the other three beaches is estimated at $500.

Coun. Martin Van Alphen, who is a smoker, moved the resolution.

“I think it’s fabulous,” he said. “This is common sense.”

Members of council would like to add municipal parks in the future.

Coun. Peter Waterman said including parks would help since fire is a concern on Giant’s Head Mountain in summer. In August, 1996, a fire on the mountain charred trees and threatened homes in the surrounding area.

Earlier in the evening, a delegation of third-year nursing students asked council to create a no smoking bylaw for all city-managed properties, including beaches, parks and trails.

“It will help change behaviour,” said Sonam Aheer, speaking to council.

She added that cigarettes lead to the deaths of one of every two smokers.

“Smoking isn’t about individual rights. It’s an addiction,”Aheer said.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the wording used in any no smoking policy or bylaw must be written carefully.

“We want to encourage them with gentle enforcement,” she said.

Coun. Lloyd Christopherson, a lifelong nonsmoker, said he was uneasy with the proposed bylaw.

“For me, what I have difficult with is smoking is not illegal,” he said.

Van Alphen said he is in support of a broad no smoking bylaw.

“I commend you. I truly do,” he said, adding that smoking “is something I do struggle with.”

 

Just Posted

Burdick considers Olympic sport options

Summerland volleyball player attended RBC Training Ground event

Concert to benefit orphanage in Africa

Summerland Secondary School students to hold talent show on April 19

Wildfire Service to burn wood debris piles

Burning to start Monday just east of Naramata

Big Band concert planned

Event will benefit Summerland Drop-In Centre

COLUMN: It takes a village…

Summerland Asset Development Initiative has important role for community’s youths

Then and now: Oliver flooding swells over the course of a week

Even with the B.C. Wildfire Service on hand to sandbag, the increased flow is causing damage

Builder of Kinder Morgan reinforces concerns over project

B.C. heads to court over pipeline jurisdiction as builder says doubt warranted

Health committee cheers idea of national pharmacare program, but cost an issue

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says she fears costs could be far higher than $19 billion

Canada’s oldest blood donor says it’s all gain, no pain after decades of giving

Great-grandmother and Coquitlam, B.C., resident has been donating blood since the late 1940s

Union says Trump bullying threatens hundreds of B.C. pulp mill jobs

Fear mounts that new U.S. anti-dumping duties could price Catalyst mills out of business

B.C. real estate regulator to undergo NDP review

B.C. real estate agents were self-regulated until 2016, when BC Liberals appointed superintendent

B.C. pizza shop broken into 4 times in 2 weeks

A Vernon business owner is beginning to feel targeted

Man accused of Abbotsford school stabbing hearing voices, intensely paranoid

Lawyer says Gabriel Klein not fit to stand trial in May because of deteriorating mental state

Advocate questions use of traps after raccoon gnaws paw off

Adult raccoon was rescued by Critter Care Wildlife Society after being found with trap stuck on paw

Most Read