Committee supports smoking ban near sports fields, beaches
A smoking ban on city beaches and sports fields is one step closer to reality.
The parks and environment committee has voted unanimously to ask council to ban smoking within nine metres of soccer and football fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, swimming pools, ski hills, and other fields.
The ban would also extend to the city's 11 beaches and in the waiting area for the island ferry.
"I consider kissing anyone that smokes like kissing an ashtray. I don't want to play with the ashtray in the park either," committee chair Giorgio Mammoliti says.
He says people are getting are used to not being able to smoke in certain places.
"I don't think kids in our parks should be subject to anyone else's smoke.
Committee member councillor Gord Perks says this is not about the government being a nanny state.
"We provide each other with an awful lot of benefits, but we also set some rules about how people operate in public spaces. That's only fair," Perks says. "It's the way we live together in a crowded urban area."
The matter now goes to council for a final vote.