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Ottawa smokers vow defiance and bar owners vow to challenge the law in court:
Pub and Bar Coalition of Ontario (PUBCO) website:
We are very concerned that the city is using our tax dollars to effectively diminish and perhaps completely ruin our businesses. We will be examining the possibility with all the landlords of all affected properties of withholding the property tax until this matter is placed in a study that will explore all possibilities of obtaining the desired results without the economic hardships.
Forces: Canada News
Tobacco firm's hip 1-800 line upsets Rock:
Officials at Imperial defended their marketing strategy, noting callers to the 1-800 line are asked to hang up if they are under 19 and are then screened again before joining the mailing list.
Why the surprise?:
Perhaps these councillors might now be interested in reviewing the need for such a bylaw and the development of an alternative model that is more sensible and respectful of the rights and concerns of bar owners and patrons.
Spy tactics smack of dictatorship:
The first thing all dictatorships do is get their citizens to spy on each other, which this card is encouraging. The citizens of Ottawa should be outraged by this. This tactic was used by Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, and many others, under the guise of working for the good of their people, the same guise the City Fathers are using. We don't need City Hall to save us from ourselves.
The City of Ottawa snitch line is reminiscent of the system set up by the German invaders in France during the Second World War.
It is an understatement to say the city health department has gone "way too far" in mailing wallet cards to citizens.
City had 'better smarten up:' councillor:
"Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb," the usually mild-mannered councillor said of the latest problem. He cited the massive revenue shortfall on the Web site, the distribution of 280,000 anti-smoking "snitch cards" to residents...
Smokers take bylaw protest to City Hall:
Their message was clear: bar owners should have the freedom to choose how to run their businesses.
Judge to rule next week on smoking bylaw:
Lawyers for bar owners argue city overstepped its authority.