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Consultations on expansion of the smoke-free bylaws.

October 19th, 2011

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Ottawa- Following the Ottawa Board of Health’s request that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) conduct public consultations on the expansion of the City of Ottawa’s smoke-free by-laws, OPH has developed a comprehensive consultation plan which will run from October 18, 2011 to January 20, 2012.

The objective of the consultations is to ensure residents, businesses and other community representatives have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed expansion of the City’s smoke-free by-laws to include all public beaches and parks, all municipal properties and all outdoor patios and terraces. These groups will also provide their feedback on other options that would protect the public from the harms of second-hand smoke, including new regulations relating to the use of water-pipes in public establishments.

Residents will have the opportunity to share their opinions in four different ways:

Online at ottawa.ca/health. This online consultation is available in both English and French, includes nine short questions and can be accessed from October 18, 2011 to January 20, 2012.

Phone the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). Public health nurses will answer questions and record comments from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

E-mail healthsante@ottawa.ca.

Attend one of the public meetings (listed below) throughout the city, which will include a presentation on relevant health concerns, an explanation on the proposed by-law update and an extensive discussion period. Bilingual OPH staff and written materials will be available at all venues.

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Walter Baker Sports Centre

100 Malvern Drive, Nepean

Monday, October 24

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Orléans Client Service Centre

255 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans

Wednesday, November 2

• * French session

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Tom Brown Arena

141 Bayview Road

Tuesday, November 8

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Kanata Recreation Complex

100 Walter Baker Place, Kanata

Thursday, November 24

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Ottawa City Hall – Jean Pigott Place

110 Laurier Avenue West

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

OPH will present its findings to the Board of Health, which will then forward recommendations to the Community and Protective Services Committee and City Council.

You can also connect with OPH on our blog, Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).

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