Aug 26 2010
Clearing the air on secondhand smoke concerns
Issues around smoke-free housing will be the focus of two upcoming presentations at Semiahmoo Library, 1815 152 St.
The Sept. 16 and 22 sessions are part of an effort to clear the air on how to address the health issue, organizers say.
“We will be talking about how we can help people with this movement and why this is a movement,” said Rose Marie Borutski.
Borutski, a resident of Kiwanis Park Place, is among tenants who filed a human-rights complaint that alleged discrimination based on physical disability due to secondhand smoke in subsidized suites at the 12850 26 Ave. complex.
The matter, originally scheduled for a 10-day tribunal hearing, went to a settlement meeting Aug. 18.
Borutski said a gag order prevents her from sharing details of last week’s meeting. She also declined to disclose if the matter was resolved.
Representatives of Crescent Housing Society, which operates Kiwanis Park Place, also refused to comment.
However, no further meetings to discuss the issue are scheduled.
Borutski said the library presentations will cover “anything you want to know about drifting secondhand smoke in multi-unit dwellings… what we’ve been going through as a group and what other people have been going through.”
“We will be showing people what’s possible and how to go about it.”
The Sept. 16 presentation is set for 7-9 p.m.; Sept. 22, it is scheduled from 1-3 p.m.
Borutski hopes to also take the presentation to libraries and community centres in other areas.
“This is a public issue. It’s huge,” Borutski said. “There’s lots of information people need to know.”
For more information, Borutski may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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