Hotel Owners Challenge Smoking Ban

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 14:04



As expected, the association representing hotel and bar owners in this province has launched a legal challenge of the provincial government’s new smoking bylaw.


The bylaw bans smoking in all indoor public places in the province, except on native reserves, where First Nations can pass their own smoking bylaws.


The province’s four native-owned casinos still allow smoking, which the Hotels Association of Saskatchewan says creates an unequal playing field.


In a statement of claim filed in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench, the association claims the new bylaw violates the rights of hotel and bar owners under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.