More on the proposed anti-rights bill:
Mark Mishriky is fuming over a proposed law that would banish smokers from patios -- like the one he just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars adding to his downtown bar. Mishriky, who has owned GTs at Richmond and York streets for 17 years, was stunned last night to hear the province had announced an anti-tobacco bill that would ban smoking in all public places, including enclosed outdoor patios.And you guys didn't see it coming? This is where compliance gets us. I am glad to know that I will be able to breathe easier in that underground parking lot though..
Health Minister George Smitherman said the bill aims to prevent exposure to tobacco smoke provincewide.Oh you aren't going to 'stop' smokers, but you sure are going to make it difficult and unpleasant for them to enjoy their cigarette. I'd like to blow smoke right into your eye Slitherman - I guess your shit doesn't stink either? Note the use of the words "not legislate this point either" - yet. It is coming folks, and it will start with the prohibition of smoking in cars, then it will shift to private residences - that is, if they don't ban the sale of cigarettes in Ontario first. Yesterday's Free Press Article concerning smoking in mental-health institutions also hints at such a ban. In a comment to Mapmaster's post, Basil draws attention to this little tidbit from the article,
A lot of people think that because the funding is from the (Ontario) Ministry of Health, that all these places are smoke-free," he says. "Well, that's not the case. They're just essentially private homes in the community."and then goes on to make this comment:
"Might this be an excuse for legislation of smoking in private residences? A surveyor called me recently on behalf of the London Middlesex Health [control] Unit. One of the questions about smoking focused on whether I allow smoking in the presence of children in my residence . . ."
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, December 16, 2004