Updates from last evening’s session of council:
The city gave third reading to the Parks Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 3954 (Prohibit Smoking in City Parks) and the associated fines bylaw.
Dan MacQuarrie was present for the vote and was recognized for his steadfast promotion of the initiative by having the rare occurrence of having his name attached to the actual bylaw. Dan, a previous council member, has been promoting this for 38 years.
Council noted the vast majority of non-smokers in the community, the positive reaction that they had heard and but two submissions against (update on those when they are available).
Well done Dan and council.
As I wrote in an earlier post:
In spite of a rabid few who want to ignore the over-riding health aspect of this initiative and beat the ‘invasion of personal rights’ drum, this is a great step forward.
There wasn’t much (any?) support for my call for prioritizing regulating the implications of digital signage. See Askew’s Request for Signage Variance – Some Expectations … for digital signage issues that other jurisdictions have regulated.
It was somewhat ironic to listen to the council conversation of the ‘precedence’ implications of permitting the smaller secondary (non-digital) informational signage while not really attaching any weight to the ‘precedence’ implications of not having adequate regulations in place for the digital signage coming down the pipe.
To reiterate, Askews is an important community-minded business and I agree with the variance. The politicos did miss an opportunity to establish some interim digital guidelines for what is now the 4th largest signage in the city. They seemed to dismiss the suggestion to get going on modernizing the signage bylaw.
My prediction: Increased chances of more one-off variances and a delayed inability to regulate for the next wave of digital signage that is going to crop up – much much sooner than later.
IMHO, it’s a quick and slippery slope to digital signage cacophony.