Oliver Town council has directed staff to bring forward a new NO smoking bylaw that will cover all public places, parks and buildings.
In a report to council – it was pointed out that many cities, towns and villages have tougher laws than Oliver on this issue but staff indicated that with the legalization of marijuana use and tobacco vaping – the time is right for a thorough review.
Councillor Mattes stated it is time to show some leadership with Mayor Hovanes saying it’s a “coming of age” thing with smoking no longer really acceptable in most places.
The bylaw would state that a “designated smoking area” may be allowed in some circumstances for outdoor events.
It was pointed out that the FOG (Festival of the Grape) – the largest event in Oliver is smoke-free with NO designated areas.