Naomi Baker had been fighting a two-year battle to stop second-hand smoke from infiltrating her third-floor apartment. It was the birth of her baby girl, Faith, now seven months, that prompted Baker to launch the petition in August.
While the opioid-overdose epidemic is a major focus of concern, it is worth recalling that it is not the most important cause of addiction-related deaths in Canada or even in B.C., the epicentre of the opioid epidemic.
According to a new survey of BC multi-unit housing residents commissioned by the Clean Air Coalition of BC, the majority of residents would support government measures to increase BC’s meagre stock of 100% smoke-free multi-unit housing.
Property management firm Vancouver Management Ltd has managed rental, strata and social housing properties in Metro Vancouver for more than 50 years. For some time now they have made no smoking policies a staple of all its lease agreements with rental building tenants – be it those living in market rental or social housing.