Don Atchison | Survey Results Close

In 2005 the City of Saskatoon adopted a bylaw to ban smoking in all public places including outdoor patios of restaurants and bars. If elected to Saskatoon city council, would you support a bylaw extending the ban to other outdoor public places including the following?
Children’s playgrounds YES YES NO NO NO UNDECIDED
Sports fields
(e.g. soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, etc)
YES YES NO NO NO UNDECIDED
Fixed seating or bleachers
(e.g. stadiums)
YES YES NO NO NO UNDECIDED
On municipal property used for public gatherings
(e.g. festivals, concerts, exhibition grounds)
NO YES NO NO YES UNDECIDED*
COMMENTS: I agree banning smoking at children’s playgrounds, on the sidelines of outdoor sports fields and on outdoor bleachers are all reasonable requests and these should be added to the city’s bylaw. In general, I agree with the fourth item on banning smoking at outdoor festivals in public parks. I say it is reasonable to ban smoking when part of a public park is cordoned off for an event such as Taste of Saskatchewan, Ukrainian Day in the Park or the wakeboard festival. The bylaw should make it a requirement for event organizers to enforce “no smoking” within their fenced-off event area. However, we have events in public parks such as the fireworks festival along the riverbank where there is no area cordoned off and a smoking ban there would be difficult to enforce.


If elected to Saskatoon city council, would you support a city bylaw that would ban the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on all city and private property?
NO YES NO NO YES UNDECIDED
COMMENTS: I am not ready to say Yes or No on this issue as I do not yet have enough information on the safety and risk to the public from herbicide use on private lawns. The city’s example of stopping use of herbicides for cosmetic purposes within city parks has provided an example to many. My understanding is sales of such products for home use is dropping. Yet, we know many of the same chemicals used for control of weeds in cities are less potent versions of that used in production of the food we eat. I acknowledge there are issues of competing rights if drift of chemical goes from one yard to another. I also understand some people are quite sensitive and can react if they walk by a yard just treated. I would like to have council hear from experts on both sides before taking any further steps.