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Motion to ban fireworks in Brampton passes unanimously at committee meeting

The City of Brampton is one step closer to banning fireworks after a motion was passed unanimously at a committee meeting.

Councillor Dennis Keenan brought forward to motion, seconded by Gurpartap Singh Toor, to ban the use, discharge and sale of fireworks across Brampton. Keenan says fireworks would only be allowed in the film industry and through city-run events.

The motion is expected to be ratified at the next council meeting.

In a press release shared by Keenan, the Brampton councillor noted a significant increase in fireworks complaints, saying harsher penalties are needed.

The city said officials received 1,491 calls related to fireworks, which is up from 492 in 2018.

Brampton by-law officials also issued over $38,000 in fines relating to fireworks, including excessive noise, fire safety concerns and left-over garbage piles scattered across the city.

Mayor Patrick Brown acknowledged the motion, saying, “The people of Brampton have spoken.”

“We heard these fireworks concerns loud and clear at the doorsteps during the recent election,” Brown wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

In late October, Environment Canada was criticized after it issued a special air quality statement in the GTA due to high levels of air pollution. The national weather agency warned that evening fireworks across the region as part of Diwali celebrations could further contribute to “deteriorating air quality.”

The statement received some backlash on social media, with some questioning why the South Asian festival was singled out, and similar warnings were not issued for Victoria Day or Canada Day.

The weather agency later apologized, saying the statement had nothing to do with Diwali.

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