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80% of People Living in MUDs Want to Live SMoke-free Affair with Smoke-free Housing Alice: Narrating the personal Anna I am not going away not by a long shot. The smoke-free housing saga continues Answers to Frequently Asked Questions including Grandfathering Anti-smoking champ honoured for PUSH Any defensive discussion indefensible April Lifting the Veil off of Quiet Enjoyment Arabian COUGHING Poster At the Core of Smoke-Free Housing Workplace violence and bullying ATTRIBUTE REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH BEING SMOKE-FREE AUTHORITIES for Smoke-free Housing BC HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL Decides Crescent Housing Societys Application To Dismiss Lacking in Substance Concreteness and Good Faith (Another Debacle) BC HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL hears first case on SHS in MUDs Monday April 2 – Wednesday April 4 2012 BREAKTHROUGH DECISION Smoke-Free Housing Cancer in non-smoker sparks legal action Australia CLEANING UP TOXIC ENVIRONMENTS COMMUNITY DISCUSSION FORM Comparing “big” and “too small to matter” crises and catastrophes Demand for non-smoking apartments next to impossible Do you struggle with the problem of drifting second-hand smoke in your home? What you can do looks like 2011 DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH THE PROBLEM OF SECONDHAND SMOKE DRIFT What Struggle Looks like Drewlo Holdings Building More Smoke-free Apartments DROs Ways to Strengthen a Bid for Smoke-free Housing Ethical Dilemma of Smoke-free Housing EX-SMOKERS ARE UNSTOPPABLE flash mob dance Fervent Wish for Smoke-free Housing Governance by Dysfunctional Boards How the Smoke-free Housing Initiative inadvertently opened up governance for public scrutiny Grandfathering How does it apply to smokers Grandfathering Smoke freely Grandfathering Smokes License to Smoke License for Abuse GROUNDHOG DAY PUSHing the Drift to Smoke-free Housing GROUNDHOG DAY 2012: Secondhand smoke from grandfathered smokers takes a wee hit How Provincial and Municipal Bylaws Apply for MUDs in BC HR DECISION ORDERS “METRO ONE” TO CEASE ITS DISCRIMINATION AND REFRAIN FROM COMMITTING A SIMILAR CONTRAVENTION IN THE FUTURE INJUNCTIVE RELIEF A court order to Do this and Stop doing that Inspiring story behind SMOKE-FREE CARS ACT 2007 knowledge exchange Krossa from Maple Ridge Dare Extend Ideation For Smoke-free Housing Lung cancer kills non-smoker McDaniels thank supporters Measuring second-hand smoke drift in non-smokers: Prove it Medical Marijuana NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS London ON New Apartment Building Opts for Smoke-free and Utilizing Grants to Encourage Smoke-free Housing NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY YOUR TIME HAS COME NSRAs rebuttal of Harpers Gut of Federal Tobacco Control Program People imagining a smoke-free world Picture Worth a Thousand Words Premier Christy Clark announces Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) Sense and scent-ability: Do you smell second-hand smoke in your home? SHS Is Not Simply An Issue Between Neighbours Slaying the Myth of Right-To-Smoke and In-My-Home SMOKE DAMAGE - Voices from the Front Lines of Tobacco Wars Smoke-free at Last Smoke-free housing Litany of motivations and obstructions Smoke-free Housing: An award winning direction Standardize your letters and claims: Make them all the same Steps to Designating Smoking Area in Common Areas and Avoiding Misrepresentation STORIES: Heart of the Matter Strata concedes failure to accommodate McDaniels TENANTS' FUME IN SMOKE-FEST ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT COSTING THOUSANDS The 'In-Perpetuity' of National Non-Smoking Week Thinking Petition? Draft a report instead. Trials Against Big Tobacco Reveal Internal Documents Stating Lethal Hazard Of Smoking And Environmental Tobacco Smoke TRIBUNAL GRANTS COMPLAINANTS' APPLICATION TO AMEND THEIR COMPLAINT Tribunal's Decision Reveals DEBACLE Urging Political Will VEN TI-LA-TION – exchanging stale noxious air with clean fresh air Weitzels and Willow Park Estates What has California's new smoke-free housing law to do with us Canadians? What makes normal sensible people become dysfunctional when they join a board and what turns CEOs or EDs into mini-dictators? Why Isn't Vancouver's OLYMPIC VILLAGE A Flagship for Smoke-free Housing? Why there is a PUSH for Sf Housing WOW You've come a long way baby Yukon Housing Corp’s smoke-free housing leaves smokers fuming YUKON NORTH OF ORDINARY™ TRUMPS NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL BC AGAIN Yukon's smoke-free housing comes into effect Jan 1 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

GROUNDHOG DAY 2012: Secondhand smoke from grandfathered smokers takes a wee hit

Instilling a Fervent Wish for Smoke-free Housing - Part XXXXI

With the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, the phrase, 'groundhog day' became an axiom for existing in a temporal loop, repeating thought and behavior with poor outcomes, until something or someone's awareness knocks it off its trajectory and transforms it.

Someone has knocked the temporal loop off its same old, same old, trajectory, at least at Kiwanis Park Place.

Secondhand smoke drift from tobacco and marijuana, and grandfathered smokers has taken a wee hit, at least at Kiwanis Park Place.

On January 10, 2012, after almost a year of becoming fed up with marijuana smoke increasing in the hallways and into her apartment, a tenant wrote a letter reporting the matter to management and the board. Eight tenants signed the letter.

I wasn't part of this Group of Eight, but I had reported the problem of marijuana to management, to the RCMP, and the City of Surrey. In fact, the RCMP advised that I report it to the City of Surrey.

One morning in mid-December, 2011, I woke up feeling as if I was suffocating. I soon realized I was encased in marijuana. I moved out of the bedroom to find other areas of the apartment contaminated with marijuana. I called management, saying you have to come here to smell the marijuana. I have long struggled with tobacco secondhand smoke, but marijuana is a more recent vintage in my area, beginning September 2011. Not surprising, management denied smelling it, despite another person being present and smelling it.

Perhaps management couldn't smell it, as it had dissipated some. Maybe her sense of smell was hindered by the amount of perfume she wore, which I made mention of. Curious though. In the spring of 2011, another tenant came to me with her track pants in a plastic bag, smelling of marijuana. She had been hot boxed the night before, and wanted me to smell them. She took them over to the office for management to smell them. The admin assistant smelled them, and yes, that was marijuana. Another staff member smelled them, too. Yep, that was marijuana. When staff passed the bag along to the General Manager, she took the plastic bag and threw it on the desk, and said, “And what do you want me to do about it.” (Oh, my word, that was yelling, and throwing) The tenant took her bagged pants and left to go to the RCMP to report it. She still has the bag and her marijuana smelling track pants.

One can only speculate at the combination of persuasive elements that promoted letters to all tenants, and rejuvenated the smoke-free housing policy that existed as little more than window dressing. One can only muse on the three and a half years it took, and the amount of money spent avoiding, resisting, stonewalling against this. One can only offer conjecture on the finances expended in the issuing of the recent letters to all tenants. The people involved don't make $10 an hour. One can only hypothesize that the matter had reached critical mass for external sources to apply pressure.

On January 13, 2012 Crescent Housing Society issued a letter to all tenants stating that

Over the past number of months there have been many complaints regarding the smell of illegal drugs in the building. I would remind tenants that any illegal activity in the suite is considered a breach of the tenancy agreement and could result in a Notice to End Tenancy.”

Crescent Housing Society has hired Canadian K9 Detection Security & Investigations Ltd. To conduct regular and random narcotic checks of the buildings. Any reports of drugs will be investigated thoroughly, which may include a search of individual apartments where drugs use is suspected.”

January 26th, 2012, Crescent Housing Society issued another letter to all tenants, citing Surrey's Public Health Smoking Protection By-law, 2008, No 16694.

Smoking is prohibited on balconies and patios assigned exclusively to a dwelling or sleeping unit if the area is within seven and one-half meters measured on the ground from a point directly below any point of opening into any building, including windows and air intakes.”

It has come to our attention that the private patios adjoining suites at Kiwanis Park Place are within seven and one-half meters of points of opening into the building.”

Effective February 15, 2012, and in accordance with Surrey Public Health Smoking Protection By-law, 2008 No 16694, smoking on private patios and on the common rooftop patio to Kiwanis Park Place is prohibited.”

Post February 15, 2012, we'll wait to see if the new temporal loop holds, and how much it might snap back.

While these announcements at Kiwanis Park Place created a fissure allowing for a reprieve from oxygen deprived air, for some here it means the problem has moved to their area, and not been resolved. That would mean the temporal loop hasn't truly shifted, only moved.

The overall picture for smoke-free housing, especially in non-profits, remains a faint hope. For many, Groundhog Day remains fixed, largely as a consequence of integrating dual and triple diagnosed (addiction and mental illness) tenants with non-profit housed seniors.

Contact with decision-making personnel (boards/landlords) remains challenging, so accurate intel on the various factors around secondhand smoke remains low.

Of those responding, landlords continue to respond with the rhetoric that they don't receive complaints, but then complaint records are not kept. Landlords continue with a belief that there is no unmet demand.

Enforcement remains impossible without legislation, and this belief continues to prevent boards from giving smoke-free policies due diligence. Furthermore, landlords express disillusionment with the RTB dispute resolution decisions, and with the fact that all smoking tenants might have to do is come with a letter supporting undue hardship because of their addiction or mental illness, and the landlord's efforts become moot. Resistance from smoking tenants and the added management administration work from this accounts for additional rationale for not giving smoke-free policies attention.

The belief that present smoking tenants need to be grandfathered in, without fully understanding that Section 32 on health hazards, and Section 28 on quiet enjoyment mitigates grandfathering hinders implementing smoke-free policies, as does a poor understanding of the obligations that a landlord has around this issue. For those smokers who genuinely want to quit, if there isn't a supportive environment making it easier, then secondhand smoke will hamper their own efforts.

The issues of secondhand smoke drift remain a Gordian Knot, and history informs us that a Gordian Knot takes a sword slicing it through. That's what legislation amounts to: the sword slicing through the secondhand smoke dilemma.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy is a necessary condition, but insufficient if time-limited, stand alone, brief therapy.

Befuddling, isn't it all!

See Groundhog 2012