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City of Burlington Looking for Feedback on Fireworks Bylaw

Photo by Zuza Gałczyńska on Unsplash.
Photo by Zuza Gałczyńska on Unsplash.

The Burlington Fire Department wants to hear from residents about possible changes to our City’s Fireworks Bylaw. Currently, fireworks displays are allowed in local neighbourhoods on Victoria Day and Canada, as well as the three days leading up to those holidays.

How do you feel about fireworks? Let the city know by completing the online survey at getinvolvedburlington.ca/fireworks by Monday, March 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. City staff will prepare a report using the public input received and a recommendation will be presented to Committee and Council.

The City is looking for feedback on when neighbourhood fireworks should be permitted or if they should be permitted at all.

Any changes to the bylaw will not affect professional fireworks displays requiring a permit. Below are the options for consideration:

  • No neighbourhood fireworks
  • Canada Day only
  • Canada Day and Victoria Day only (no change – current bylaw)
  • Canada Day, Victoria Day, Diwali, Chinese New Year and any other days for which a permit has been issued by a Chief Fire Official

“We want to ensure that our fireworks bylaw is balanced, respectful and inclusive of all residents. We recognize that neighbourhood firework celebrations may be a joyous experience for some, but may present as noise and nuisance for others. From a fire service perspective, we do not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays. Burlington is a wonderful and increasingly diverse City. Our desire is to try and ensure that we develop a reasonable and equitable Fireworks Bylaw for all.” — Dave Lazenby, Burlington Fire Chief

For more information on fireworks in the City of Burlington, please visit burlington.ca/fireworks.

MY TAKE:

Back in October 2019, Council unanimously passed a staff direction to review a potential expansion of permissions related to discharging and selling fireworks to a broader range of religious and culture celebrations. As well, we authorized the Fire Chief to immediately be able to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. This staff direction was to recognize that we don’t have a process where the Fire Chief can exercise discretion related to when fireworks can take place. This would allow us to be more responsive when there are community events. This is also about good governance and has been scoped to religious and cultural events. We need to give our Fire Chief the discretion moving forward and he will build the criteria in changing the overall policy.

— Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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9 thoughts on “City of Burlington Looking for Feedback on Fireworks Bylaw”

  1. Sad what is becoming of Canada. Fireworks should remain only for national holidays and not for religious celebrations of any kind.

    This poll — How does one prove they’re a Citizen of Burlington before they enter their response to the poll??

    1. Hi Marcus,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. The format of the poll was also brought up by Mayor Meed Ward to staff. Staff told the Mayor’s Office they will continue to monitor the poll until it closes (scheduled for March 2) and based on the final results, they will review and decide on an appropriate action plan that may include a secondary voting poll that will ensure participants are Burlington residents. Mayor Meed Ward and the Mayor’s Office will keep the public updated on this item. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

      1. John, your prompt reply is appreciated and I’m glad Marianne recognized this issue. Internet polls open to the world but targeted like this one are not truly valid; journalistic websites typically have a disclaimer regarding the legitimacy of their webpage polls. This is a critical matter that is not solved easily. Is there a unique identifier that can be efficient in affirming someone is a tax-paying resident?—e.g., something from MPAC assessment to enter in a simple form that includes the poll.

  2. Birthdays and private celebrations on weekends should be allowed with no red tape.
    Though shalt not have fun attitude should be eliminated.

    1. Hi Hugh,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. Thank you for sharing your input on this with the Mayor. Have you also shared your feedback via the online survey (link provided in the post)? We encourage as many residents as possible to submit thoughts that way as well, to give the City and Fire Department the most accurate information in how residents feel about fireworks in Burlington’s neighbourhoods. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

  3. Canada Day only. Let’s celebrate our own country and let’s forget about religions holiday celebrations when it comes to fireworks. Has the fire department any stats on damage caused by careless firework displays? This may be an important factor.

    1. Hi Allan,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. Thank you for sharing your input on this with the Mayor and please feel free to fill out the online survey (link provided in the post) and share your feedback that way, as well. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

    1. Hi Sheila,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. Thank you for sharing your input on this with the Mayor. We also encourage you to fill out the online survey (link provided in the post) and share your feedback that way. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

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