Canada’s Brampton city bans fireworks post-Diwali complaints

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Toronto: Following a surge in complaints post-Diwali in October, the Canadian metropolis of Brampton unanimously moved a movement on Thursday to ban fireworks.

The movement introduced ahead by Councilor Denis Keenan and seconded by fellow Councilor Gurpreet Singh Toor at a committee of Council assembly, was handed unanimously in favor of the ban.

“The people of #Brampton have spoken. We heard these fireworks concerns loud and clear at the doorsteps during the recent election,” tweeted Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

“Today I brought forth a motion, seconded by Councilor Gurpartap S. Toor to ban the use and sale of fireworks in @CityBrampton, as well as increase the current fines. The motion was passed unanimously,” Keenan wrote on his Twitter account.

In 2022, town’s Service Brampton group acquired 1,491 calls associated to fireworks, up from 492 in 2018.

Out of those, greater than 1,000 fireworks complaints had been acquired throughout Diwali celebrations in October.

“With a significant increase in resident fireworks complaints, and a unanimous vote to pass my motion, it is clear that the current Fireworks By-Law needed amendments and harsher penalties,” Keenan, who’s the Councilor for Wards 3 and 4, wrote in movement.

Regulation enforcement officers have doled out near $38,500 in fireworks fines this yr.

At current, penalty notices starting from $250 to $350 or courtroom imposed fines starting from $500 to $5,000 might be issued to the property proprietor, Brampton’s Enforcement and By-Regulation providers reported.

Below the brand new fireworks by-law, the use, buy, discharge, possession, sale and provide to promote all fireworks, together with shopper fireworks, show fireworks, pyrotechnics and prohibited fireworks have been prohibited for all makes use of in Brampton.

This excludes the movie trade and city-run occasions.

A ratification of the present fines can also be on the anvil on the subsequent Metropolis Council assembly.

“The increased fines for possession and distribution of fireworks, as well as the enforcement blitz this New Year’s Eve, shows that the city is steadfast in our stance to eliminate personal fireworks,” Toor, who’s Councilor for Wards 9 and 10, stated.

Brampton may also run a $20,000 fireworks consciousness marketing campaign to teach the general public on the modifications, insauga.com reported.

Simply after Diwali this yr, Brampton residents began a change.org petition to limit using firecrackers, which has thus far gathered greater than 8,500 signatures.

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