(Brampton) - Regional Council today reaffirmed its commitment to smoke-free
public places with a resolution to look at the feasibility of moving the
June 1, 2004 Smoke-Free By-law implementation date for billiard and bingo
halls, casinos, bars, taverns and nightclubs to January 1, 2002 or June
1, 2002. Council also vowed to lobby the Province for an Ontario-wide policy
on smoke-free public places.
The resolution came after a long debate that centred on the difficulties
in creating a level playing field for all affected businesses. Currently,
all restaurants, dinner theatres, banquet halls and food courts in the Cities
of Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto, the Town of Caledon, and the Regional
Municipality of York must be smoke-free or provide a separately ventilated
smoking room by June 1, 2001. As of this date, no person under the age of
19 will be permitted in a bar or tavern in these same areas.
The resolution calls for the Peel Smoke-Free By-law Committee to consult
with the City of Toronto and the regions of York and Halton to review GTA-wide
by-law implementation dates.