Sample Questions

The following are sample questions you may wish to ask your candidates at different forums or events, or through other means of communication, such as Facebook or Twitter. Please feel free to create your own questions that will challenge candidates.


Restrict indoor tanning for youth

Sample questions
Long form questions, for forum, meetings and other events:

  • Second-hand smoke causes cancer and is particularly harmful to children. If elected, will you commit to making playgrounds, parks and other outdoor venues such as festivals smoke-free?

  • Bars and restaurants in Regina are smoke-free but hospitality workers and patrons are still exposed to second hand smoke on outdoor patios. Would you support a bylaw to ban smoking on patios as the City Saskatoon has done?

  • The City of Saskatoon banned smoking on all outdoor patios of restaurants and bars back in 2005. Do you support such a ban in Regina?

Short questions for Twitter, Facebook or website chats:
NOTE: Tweets are restricted to 140 characters, including spaces

  • Do you support banning smoking in parks, playgrounds and outdoor venues where children are present?

  • Do you support making all patios of Regina restaurants and bars smoke-free as the City of Saskatoon has done?

  • Would you support banning smoking on all outdoor patios in Regina the way Saskatoon has?



Non-essential use of pesticides

Sample questions
Long form questions, for forum, meetings and other events:

  • Children are very vulnerable to the adverse health effects of non-essential pesticides. It is important to me that they are protected from unnecessary exposures to these harmful chemicals. If elected, will you commit to phasing out the use of non-essential pesticides on city and residential green spaces?

  • Pesticides have been linked to various forms of cancer including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and brain cancer. They have also been linked to other adverse health effects like learning disabilities. If elected, will you commit to protecting our children from exposure to dangerous chemicals by phasing out the non-essential use of pesticides on city and residential green spaces?

  • Did you know that across Canada, approximately 27 million Canadians have some protection against non-essential pesticides? If elected, will you commit to phasing out the use and sale of non-essential pesticides on city and residential green spaces?

Short questions for Twitter, Facebook or website chats:
NOTE: Tweets are restricted to 140 characters, including spaces

  • If elected, will you commit to making city and residential green spaces pesticide-free in our community?

  • Do you support pesticide-free public and private green spaces?

  • Did you know that over 27 million Canadians have some protection, do you feel people have to the right to know what chemicals they are being exposed to at work, play or in the community?



Restrict indoor tanning for youth

Sample questions
Long form questions, for forum, meetings and other events:

  • Radiation from indoor tanning equipment raises the risk of melanoma (the deadly form of skin cancer) by 59 per cent when used before the age of 35. If elected, will you commit to restricting access by youth under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning equipment?

  • Did you know that indoor tanning is considered a carcinogen that causes cancer? Nova Scotia, Victoria’s Capital Regio,n and other places have introduced legislation that will protect their youth. If elected will you commit to banning tanning for kids under the age of 18?

Short questions for Twitter, Facebook or website chats:
NOTE: Tweets are restricted to 140 characters, including spaces

  • If elected, will you support a ban on indoor tanning for youth under the age of 18?

  • Will you make a commitment to pass legislation to ensure your youth are protected against harmful carcinogens?

  • Will you commit to strong prevention messages on indoor tanning that protect the health of our youth?


Help fight tobacco

Sample questions
Long form questions, for forum, meetings and other events:

  • The provincial government has shown leadership on policies to reduce tobacco use. It has also committed to spending 1 $ million dollars a year until March 2012 on a tobacco control strategy. Given that we have the highest smoking rate in Canada, and are expected to collect $250 million in tobacco taxes this year, will you commit to increasing tobacco control funding?

  • Saskatchewan has the highest smoking rate in Canada. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease, killing more than 1,500 residents every year. This year, the provincial government expects to collect about a quarter of a billion dollars ($253 million) in tobacco taxes, but will spend just $1 million on programs to reduce tobacco use. If elected, will you commit to increase funding for tobacco control? 

  • This year the province will collect about $250 million dollars in tobacco taxes.It will spend only $1 million (less then half a percent) on programs to reduce tobacco use, despite having the highest smoking rate in Canada. If elected, will you commit to increasing the amount of money the province spends on tobacco control?

Short questions for Twitter, Facebook or website chats:
NOTE: Tweets are restricted to 140 characters, including spaces

  • This year, tobacco taxes are expected to generate $250 million. If elected, will you commit to increasing the $1M being spent annually on tobacco control?

  • Do you support increasing the $1 million dollars currently being spent on tobacco control?

  • SK is expected to collect $250M in tobacco taxes this year, but will spend just $1M on tobacco control. Do you support spending more on tobacco reduction programs?






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THE LATEST ISSUE
Tobacco Control
Reporting of asbestos in all public buildings needs to be a mandatory part of the online registry in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to set up an on-line registry for reporting asbestos in public buildings; however there are no legal requirements for schools, health care facilities, and other public places to submit a list of their buildings to that registry.

With your support, bill (27) 604 would change that. Bill 604 has received second reading.
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PROVINCIAL ISSUES
Tobacco Control
Funding needs to be increased to the initiatives under the province's Tobacco Control Strategy. Read more...

Indoor Tanning
There is no safe way to get a tan and indoor tanning has been declared a known carcinogen that causes cancer. Read more...


MUNICIPAL ISSUES
Smoke-free outdoor spaces
Smoking in select outdoor spaces, such as parks and playgrounds, can be detrimental to both our health and the health of the environment. Read more...


Cosmetic Pesticides
There is serious concern about the use of non-essential or cosmetic pesticides on private and public spaces. Read more...