By Gord Gunner
Published: Feb. 11, 2012.
Smoking is old school and needs to be butted out for good. We pride oursevles with calling ourselves the Outdoor Recration Capital of Canada, however we continute to allow smokers to ruin the lives of others, our wildife, and our surronding environment.
Have you ever seen a dead bird with cigarette butts, but still not dissolved in its stimach. If you have seen it, then you will know how disgusting it is.
I am asking the mayor and the district to change the bylaw to no smoking in public anywhere except in vehicles and private property.
I am asking that you make bylaw that bans throwing of ciagerthhre butts and packaging on the grounds illegal.
I’m aking for the toughest penalities anywhere for the offences that I have mentioned. I suggest these penalties for smoking in public.
For smoking in public, I suggest a warning on first offence, $300 for the second penalty, and $600 for the third offence.
Once the word gets out that we as a commuity will not tolerate the laziness of smokers, then we will become a much more healthier and cleaner community.
Just imagine adding that to our town slogan:
The Outdoor Recreation and Smoke Free Capital of Canada. I like the sound of that. I hope you do.
For the sake of your fellow human beings and for the sake of your environment, please make the changed that I have asked to.
Editor’s Note: This is an abridged version of the letter that Squamish resident Gord Gunner sent to the district. The entire letter can be read here.