Brampton city council is considering imposing a ban on personal use of firecrackers after receiving a flood of complaints from locals in 2021 compared to previous years and explosive Diwali celebration last month.
Regional Councilor Denis Keenan brought the motion forward seconded by Councilor Gurpartap Singh Toor to a committee of council meeting to amend the Firework by law to prohibit the personal use of firework in Brampton which was passed unanimously in favor of the ban.
Today I brought forth a motion, seconded by Councillor @gurpartapstoor to ban the use and sale of fireworks in @CityBrampton , as well as increase the current fines.
The motion was passed unanimously. #takingaction #timeforchange #fireworksban pic.twitter.com/X48X9WfS2t
— Dennis Keenan (@Keenan4Brampton) November 23, 2022
“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 posted on his twitter page.
Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown tweeted, “The people of #Brampton have spoken. We heard these fireworks concerns loud and clear at the doorsteps during the recent election”
In 2022, the city’s Service Brampton team received 1,491 calls related to fireworks, up from 492 in 2018 especially amid Diwali celebration last month.
With a significant increase in resident firework complaints it’s clear that the current Fireworks by law needed amendment and harsher penalties, said the motion released by the councilor.
The property owner may currently get penalty notices in the $250 to $350 range or court-ordered fines in the $500 to $5,000 range, according to Brampton’s Enforcement and By-Law services.
“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,” Gurpartap Toor who is Councilor for Wards 9 and 10, stated in the motion.
At the upcoming City Council meeting, ratifying of the present fines will also be discussed.
Brampton will also run a $20,000 fireworks awareness campaign to educate the public on the changes, insauga.com reported.