Yes! Vancouver Council bans "consumer fireworks"!
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Update: November 6, 2019.
Thank you to everybody who wrote to Council to express their support for a ban on fireworks. Councillor Fry heard from hundreds of people in support of the ban. Councillor Kirby-Yung made an amendment to make it clear that the USE of consumer fireworks will be banned, not just the sale, and heard "overwhelming feedback" from the public in support of the ban. Councillor Donato was "surprised by the volume of correspondence in support of the ban".
We will update you on future developments and hold Council to account, but for now, THANK YOU for supporting the petition and contacting Council.
Update: October 30, 2019 [Please do more than merely signing this petition - see below]
Pete Fry has put forward a motion (link) that will be voted on on November 5th to "Extinguish Consumer Fireworks" in the city, beginning in 2021. This is EXACTLY what this petition has been working towards.
This issue is FINALLY before Council. Now is the time to express your support of Pete Fry's motion to ban consumer fireworks in Vancouver. This is a rare opportunity.
City of Vancouver residents, take 5 minutes right now and email Mayor and Council with the message "I support the motion to Extinguish Consumer Fireworks".
- Use this email link to mail the entire Council: link to all Council email addresses (if the link doesn't work see individual email addresses below.
This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to have the sale, possession, and use of consumer fireworks banned in the City of Vancouver.
Individual email addresses:
or copy this string into your email program to mail them all at once;
Read THIS, in which Vancouver Fire and Rescue services outlines the annual cost that consumer fireworks cause in the City!
The City of Vancouver (BC) regulates the sale and use of “consumer fireworks” in the City of Vancouver. As soon as they go on sale every year on October 25, the City is assaulted day and night with the aural vandalism of fireworks being detonated in contradiction of the fire bylaw (By-Law No. 11312). The regulations that require a permit, restrict use to private property on October 31st only, and prohibit firecrackers, roman candles, and bottle rockets are not working.
Every year, all residents are harassed for several weeks with random explosions at all times of day and night, resulting in interrupted sleep and upset and anxious animals and children. Fire department and police resources are wasted. Parks, schoolyards, streets, and alleys are littered with spent firework shells. And sometimes the disruption moves beyond disturbance of the peace:
- On October 29, 2015, a house in Vancouver was destroyed by fireworks set off in a City alley, luckily with no loss of life. LINK
- On October 29, 2016, a dog was killed by a SkyTrain after being spooked by fireworks set off in mid-afternoon. LINK
- In 2013, Lesley Kim lost an eye to fireworks in Gastown LINK.
- And, check out this presentation from Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services documenting burned buses, schools, and private property. LINK
The regulations are not working, and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services agrees!. The solution to the danger and disruption from consumer fireworks is to ban the sale, possession, and use of fireworks in the City of Vancouver. Many other Metro Vancouver municipalities ban the sale and use of fireworks - why must City of Vancouver residents suffer?
City of Vancouver (BC) residents:
- Please sign this petition to the City of Vancouver Mayor and Council to BAN THE SALE, POSSESSION, AND USE OF CONSUMER FIREWORKS IN THE CITY OF VANCOUVER. Please allow your name and comment to be displayed as this will help drive others to sign and lets us better identify City residents.
- Please forward this petition to your friends and family in the City of Vancouver - we need sufficient numbers to convince the new Council to take this issue seriously.
- Check out, "like", and repost the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/banvanfireworks
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