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Bylaw that would bring fines for unwanted flyer delivery passes first reading

Regional council voted to pass the motion 16-1 which means it will now head to a second reading at an upcoming council meeting

A proposed bylaw aimed at regulating the distribution of flyers in HRM is one step closer to coming to fruition after passing first reading at Tuesday's council meeting.

Regional councillors spent nearly an hour debating the proposed Respecting the Distribution of Flyers bylaw put forth by Middle/Upper Sackville-Beaver Bank-Lucasville councillor Lisa Blackburn.

Blackburn feels this will, at the very least, put the distributors on notice.

"They need to change the way they do things," she said. "Up until now, it's been an easy ride and the complaints have been coming in fast and furious. I think now is the time to put some parameters around that."

Hammonds Plains - St. Margarets councillor Matt Whitman, who was the lone 'no' vote, said he feels the proposal doesn't go far enough.

"It's a shame we've come up short," said Whitman. "I won't be supporting anything until we do an opt-in only."

On Monday, Blackburn told 95.7 staff explored the opt-in option, but they found it would be a legal infringement on the distributors’ freedom of expression.

Regional council voted to pass Blackburn's motion 16-1, which means it will now head to a second reading at an upcoming council meeting.

If proposed Bylaw F-400 passes, distributors could be fined $250 and the driver could be fined $25 if the paper bundles continue to arrive at an address of someone who has requested flyer delivery be stopped.

Chris Halef

About the Author: Chris Halef

Chris is a reporter for and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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