The city’s new smoking bylaw will be one of the biggest topics on the agenda at Fort Saskatchewan’s upcoming council meeting.
 
Tuesday’s meeting, the first since July 10, will give Fort Saskatchewan’s council members a chance to discuss a revised version of a proposed smoking bylaw staff have been preparing ahead of October’s federal cannabis legalization.
 
The city has spent months sorting out the details of local rules related to cannabis use. In June council sent an initial draft of the smoking bylaw back to staff for more work, instructing them to look into including all types of smoking -- tobacco, cannabis and vaping -- into one regulation. Council also asked for rules addressing the medical use of cannabis.
 
In mid-July the city launched an online survey asking the public for their thoughts on the matter. Mayor Gale Katchur reports that over 1000 residents completed the survey.
 
“Administration has taken a lot of those recommendations, put them into the bylaw, and council will discuss and deliberate it on Tuesday,” Katchur said.
 
Under the proposed bylaw, all types of smoking will be treated the same, with smoking in public allowed only in designated smoking areas. Smoking will be banned within 10 metres of any window, door or fresh air intake. 
 
Tuesday night will see the bylaw up for first reading. Once that passes, the public will get another chance to let the city know what they think at a non-statutory public hearing.
 
“And then this would come back probably the first meeting in September or the second one. But we have to have a bylaw in place before the cannabis is legalized on October 17,” Katchur said.

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