Nearly 9-thousand residents participated in an online survey about smoking in public places in Regina over the last month.
And according to the deputy chief of Regina Fire and Protective Services, reaction has been resounding.
Steve Bagley says with nearly 45-hundred written comments, he’s satisfied the city took the right direction in going to the public with this issue.
It’s good evidence we’re doing the right thing,” says Bagley. “The survey is well laid out and easy to complete. Same thing with the open houses last week. Some great comments came from those meetings.”
Bagley believes letting residents sound off on-line was clearly the right route.
“This one just proves this was the right way to do it,” says Bagley. “This was the right media to release it and the numbers have confirmed that for us.”
Bagley says when you get nearly 9-thousand replies to the survey and over 45-hundred written comments – it’s clear residents of Regina really want to have their say in this issue.
“It’s the biggest response we’ve had for a survey for many a year, said Bagley. “The survey ends on March 16th and that’s when we will assemble a team and actually go through the comments.”
The survey closes on Thursday (March 16th) and Bagley says all the responses will be read and processed and team assembled to go through each post.
Right now it is up to Regina business owners to decide if smoking is allowed on their decks, patios and properties, the current bylaw does not ban this like many other cities do.
Smoking is also not banned in Regina by a bylaw on play-grounds, sports fields, fixed seats and bleachers in public venues.