City council has made some changes to its community standards bylaw involving fire pits and junk mail.
The city will now require metal or mesh grates over fire pits. The belief is that it makes the fire burn more intensely, thus limiting the amount of smoke wafting into neighbouring yards.
Councillor Brian Pincott doesn’t by that argument, but his motion to get rid of that requirement failed in a vote.
Meanwhile the city is taking those ‘no flyer’ or ‘no junk mail’ signs posted outside some Calgary homes more seriously. Having such a sign will prohibit delivery of items from non-commercial groups.
The decision drew criticism from some pro-life groups who vow they may not follow the city’s directives. In that case, the person delivering the flyer draws a fine, as does the organization promoting the flyer.
Alvin Murray with the city’s bylaw department say the changes weren’t targeted at the graphic material pro-life groups leave in mailboxes.
“It’s not being put in specifically because of that type of material, but one of the byproducts is that yes, that material would be covered provided the property owner has put on display a notice that they do not wish to receive flyers.”
Fines are a minimum $50 to the deliverer, to a maximum fine of $100. The company fine is a minimum of $100 to a maximum $300.
The city says it hopes to use the fines as a last resort.