In amidst all the high-voltage casino, sole-source, diversity, campaign finance audit talk, I came across this little nugget of a notion. Our Horizon.
Yes, Councillor Norm Kelly. Smoking does have deleterious effects on the health of smokers regardless of what you may’ve read.
Now, I’m not going to get into the efficacy of such measures. Go through the group’s website, decide for yourself. I just want to point out one aspect of the plan.
“Municipalities in Ontario have the legal authority to require gasoline retailers to put warning labels on gas pumps similar to those found on cigarette packages.
We often – and I don’t necessarily mean the royal ‘we’ – we here at All Fired Up in the Big Smoke fairly regularly bemoan the lack of control over local matters by the duly elected municipal government. Take for instance last week’s ruling on Mayor Rob Ford’s conflict of interest appeal. Did city council have the power to order the mayor to pay back the donations raised for his football foundation? Or in the discussion over the last couple days about extending voting rights to non-citizen residents. Can the city unilaterally go ahead with that or will it need to go to the province for a green light?
This tends to make many of our local reps a little gun shy when it comes to moving in any direction that might interfere with senior levels of government. It’s also a very convenient excuse to not do anything if that’s your particular political bent. Immigration is a federal responsibility. What can we do about it? Childcare is the provincial jurisdiction. Our hands are tied.
Climate change? (Keep it zipped, Councillor Kelly.) That’s hardly under our umbrella. Isn’t there some sort of world government that deals with that?
Just this week I came across a book written by Alex Steffen, Carbon Zero: Imaging Cities That Can Save The Planet.
What good will warning labels at the gas pumps do? Hard to say at this point. But what harm is there to it? If even just a few motorists feel a prick of conscience, however fleeting, that there are other costs to their dependence on fossil fuels than just the price adding up in front of them, why not? It’s within city council’s powers. Let’s have a debate.
— labelly submitted by Cityslikr