Sidney ponders banning smoking in parks

Public places in Sidney could go smoke-free if councillor's suggestion is approved

Smoking in Sidney parks could be a thing of the past.

Coun. Kenny Podmore asked town staff to have a look at making all public spaces in Sidney smoke free after some success with his plan to keep smokers out of Beacon Park.

“At that time the suggestion was to put a couple of polite signs in Beacon Park,” Podmore said.

With the new 2020 vision plan for Sidney including a segment on healthy community, the Sidney councillor figured that could be expanded to all parks and public spaces.

“I’m not against smokers,” he said. “It’s just trying to keep everyone healthy where we can.”

At Monday’s meeting, council unanimously supported having staff create a report back to council.

In North Saanich, smoking is banned in parks and on trails.