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Smoking ban sought at arena entrances

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Town council will receive a written request from Dr. Lorena Jenks at tonight’s meeting to have a bylaw banning smoking outside both main entrances to the Memorial Sports Centre.

“My understanding of the current provincial law is that there is to be no smoking nine metres from the entrance to a public facility, such as hospital and schools,” Dr. Jenks wrote in a letter to council.

“I realize that this does not include the arena, but I think that the town can be proactive in this respect and make their own bylaw so that smoking is prohibited in this area.

“The main reason for prohibiting smoking should be, first of all, that it sets a very bad example for the hundreds of children that enter the arena complex each day, and secondly, it forces non-smokers to walk through second-hand smoke with all its attendant health risks,” Dr. Jenks added, noting the health risks related to first- and second-hand smoke are well-known and need not be repeated.

“Since this is a town that is obviously committed to improving the health and well-being of its citizens, you should pass this bylaw forthwith as there really is no good reason not to,” she concluded.

The council meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m., but is expected to be in-camera until 6:30.

Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:

•a presentation by resident Bill Martin regarding the proposed relocation of the Hallett on the waterfront;

•a presentation by economic development officer Geoff Gillon regarding a proposed economic development plan for Fort Frances;

•a letter from A.M. McDiarmid regarding “Smart Meters”;

•a request from Fort Frances Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 to proclaim Nov. 5-11, 2008 at “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;

•a bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 08/98 for 1345 Emo Rd. (this is to rezone the property from institutional to multi-residential). Local resident Dave Petsnick wants to convert the former United Pentecostal Church into several apartments;

•a request regarding the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle campaign 2008;

•project selection for the Building Canada Funding Program;

•recommendations regarding the 2008 Business Retention and Expansion Plan;

•an expression of interest for local improvement; and

•an update on current construction activities.

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