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The consultant, who launched the initiative on Thursday, said the city should allow people to drink again this summer in public parks and more places after last year’s pilot project.

John Dziadyk, a former Section 3 consultant, believes that after the May 28-October 11, 2021 test, the city needs to expand its drinking opportunities in city parks.

The city allowed visitors to the parks to drink for five months at 47 designated promenades in seven parks.

“I think the pilot project was a complete success,” Dziadyk said Thursday. “The general public and the city council were amazed at the level of tolerance of the people towards this project.”

Now no longer a city council member, Dziadyk hopes the current council will agree to expand the initiative.

The results of the pilot project were outlined in a report posted on the city’s website on Thursday.

The council’s public and utilities committee is scheduled to discuss the findings at a meeting on Jan. 31. The city council will then have to vote on a bill to extend the pilot’s term or make alcohol consumption in parks more permanent.

Over a three-month period, peacekeepers inspected the sites and reported 2,450 violations: Nearly 1,900 were related to drinking in unspecified areas, and more than 500 were related to other activities, including littering. , pets, cannabis consumption, and more. people who have exceeded the public meeting limit under a provincial health order.

The findings include the results of a survey conducted in November, which resulted in half of the respondents having a positive experience.

The survey found 3868 answers.

Fifty percent of those surveyed want the program to be expanded, while about 20 percent would prefer to ban all alcohol consumption in city parks.

Confusing rules

Ward Sspomitapi consultant Jo-Ann Wright said the pilot’s parts, such as places where people were allowed to eat, were confusing.

Peacekeepers were assigned to the designated areas, but issued 245 warnings to people who discovered they were drinking outside or after 9 p.m.

“There was confusion by the public or the public about where they could drink in the garden,” Wright said.

If the council approves expanding the pilot or creating a law to permanently allow alcohol in parks, it believes it should be simplified.

“Instead of marking places in the garden, ‘it’s allowed to drink alcohol in the park, so you don’t have to deal with those who want to consume and those who don’t.”

Wright said he retains his view on whether to increase or expand alcohol consumption in all of the city’s parks.

She is concerned about a number of areas – safety and price – and would like to hear from the city’s public services advisory council, which provides advice on social policy, arts, culture, parks and recreation.

“Should safety issues really be considered more than someone’s ability to drink a glass of wine?”

Wright said counselors should discuss issues of alcoholism and disorder in the community and the potential impact on families.

The report says it will cost $ 350,000 to deploy two peacekeepers and related equipment to guard the parks.

Wright acknowledged that officers don’t have to use alcohol in other ways around the city, not just to track parks.

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