In keeping with the City’s mission to provide a healthy environment for all generations, the City is considering strengthening its current smoking regulation bylaw. The changes proposed are similar to those in many communities in BC and provide a gold standard when it comes to promoting a healthy environment for our citizens and visitors.
What is new?
Created with input from the Canadian Cancer Society and Northern Health, key points being proposed include:
- Banning smoking in public open spaces where children may be present, such as City parks, trails or sports fields.
- Further restricting smoking at special public events like beer gardens.
- Expanding the smoke-free buffer zone around public entrances, windows and air intakes to 7.5m from the current 3m. The 3m buffer zone would still apply to other business entranceways that are not meant for the public (ie. laneway doors and loading docks).
- Like most City bylaws, this would also be enforced based on complaint. Should there be a need for a fine, the minimum fine would increase to $150 from $50.
How Will This Affect My Business?
Business owners and their employees will be asked to take steps to ensure that smoking does not take place on their premises or within 7.5 meters of the public entrance, including posting signage according to the bylaw.
Employees are still able to smoke outside non-public entrances provided they maintain the 3m buffer zone prescribed in Provincial legislation.
If you would like to read the full text of the proposed bylaw you can find it here.
When does this bylaw take effect?
The Bylaw will go before Council for consideration of third reading on November 3rd. The public is encouraged to provide their feedback by October 28th.
After consideration of all feedback and making any necessary amendments, the goal is to have it adopted by the end of 2014 with a 6 month grace period to allow time for posting of signs and education etc.
- Attend a forum hosted by Northern Lights College nursing students on October 23rd from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at the Energy House, Northern Lights College regarding second hand smoke. Council and City staff will also be in attendance to answer questions.
- Second-hand smoke information: Canadian Cancer Society Website
- Smoking and Health Action Foundation – The Evolution of Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces
- Canadian Cancer Society and Northern Health’s 2013 presentation to City Council
If you would like to tell us what you think or if you have questions you can complete our Feedback Form and drop it off at City Hall or email it back to us email@example.com. Or, if you would prefer to chat you can call Brenda Ginter, Director of Corporate Administration at 250-784-3614.
We value your opinions!
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Council Chambers, City Hall 5:15 PM
There will be a Special Council meeting regarding:
- Development Permit 14-18, 501 Highway 2 – Aviator Hotel
- Wall of Fame Achievement Corner 2014 Nominations – Memorial Arena
- Dawson Creek Art Gallery Request for Special Occasion Permit
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- The Royal Canadian Legion was offered lease space in the Youth Care Centre.
- The Dawson Creek Disc Golf Club has been given permission to set up a temporary disc golf course.
- Council cancelled plans for a 2015 Energy Conference and will make plans to meet with key industry stakeholders during the Fall Fair instead.
- Smoking Regulation Bylaw 4240 was given first two readings. This is an outdoor smoking bylaw which will be brought to the next Council meeting for further considerations. The staff report is here and the bylaw can be found here.
The agenda for the Council meeting on September 15th is posted.
A few highlights of the agenda include:
- A lease request from the Royal Canadian Legion.
- A discussion on Sure Water.
- A discussion on the disposition of Grandview School and the old Centennial Pool buildings.
Please look at the full agenda for all items and details.
The Community Services Department is exploring the best ways to communicate programs to the public. This Fall the Leisure Guide has not been published but all programs are listed on the City website. Programs will also be advertised in the newspaper and on the City Facebook page. Registration is available on line for some programs and by phone at 250-.784-3604
If you are experiencing any difficulty with downloading the Nomination Packages for the 2014 election, please try opening the documents in a different browser. Google Chrome and Mozilla should open the documents as Internet Explorer is experiencing technical difficulties. Alternatively, documents are available for pickup at City Hall in Administration.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Council Chambers, City Hall
There will be a Special Council meeting regarding:
- Development Variance Permit 14-02 (8813 20 A Street)
- Development Permit 14-17 (2400 Highway 97 – BC Hydro)
- Municipal Insurance Association of BC Voting Delegate appointment
- Correspondence re: Geothermal Direct Use Workshops
- NAR Museum Painting Tender Award
- City Photo Contest Winner
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For Immediate Release
August 27, 2014
Subject: Dawson Creek a finalist in Illuminate the North, contest to host the 2015 Canada Winter Games Torch Celebration
Dawson Creek, BC – Tourism Dawson Creek and the City of Dawson Creek are proud to announce that Dawson Creek is a 2015 Canada Winter Games Torch Celebration finalist! Dawson Creek is competing against other northeastern communities including Pouce Coupe, Chetwynd and Fort St. John to host the exciting Torch Celebration. There are two other competitions being held to determine the community host for the northwest and central interior areas.
Voting commences August 27 and runs through to September 12th. Voting exclusively takes place at: http://canadagames2015.ca/vote-now-bring-a-2015-games-regional-community-torch-celebration-to-your-community
Reminder – We are still under Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures
Please assist the City by adhering to the important water conservation bylaw and only water according to your address as follows:
Subject to the provisions of section 2.5 of the Water Conservation Measures Bylaw, when Stage 1 measures are in force, a person must not:
(a) water lawns, except:
(i) at premises with even-numbered civic addresses, on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 4:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; and
(ii) at premises with odd-numbered civic addresses, on Thursdays and Sundays between 4:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.