CKNW's "Home Discovery Show" addresses multi-unit dwellings

You can listen to the discussion by going to the CKNW Podcasts and selecting December 30, 2012. Time stamps for highlights can be found at the bottom of this article.

Here is the feedback to this program from Airspace:

Good Morning, Ian and Steve!

MUDs, in case you're not familiar with it, is the acronym for Multi-Unit Dwellings...and, as far as I know, the term/acronym was developed as a result of the smoking problem, as it applies to the problem you outlined at the beginning of your program.  The most common examples of MUDs are apartments and condos, but duplexes and basement suites are MUDs as well.  And, as far as I'm concerned, town homes should be included as MUDs as well.  Even though they're not physically joined:  They are sufficiently close that, for all intents and purposes, in terms of tobacco smoke, they are joined.

I'm not aware of any "laws" on this issue, only "policies".

That said, many similar cases have been heard at the Human Rights Commission.  As far as I know, most/all of those cases have been resolved 'out of court', as it were.
A couple of very old, worn-out and, with all due respect, useless suggestions have been made:  Plug all the holes...and/or install some sort of a ventilation/fan system.  Besides the FACE (my typo [and of course spell check didn't catch it]...and a few seconds after he read it that way, on the air, he said something like, "I think that's supposed to be 'fact'.") that those things simply do not work, nobody should have to do that.

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The Print Media continues to advertise smoking

For some unknown reason, the June 15, 2012 issue of the Globe and Mail contained way more than the average number of pictures of gratuitous smoking/cigarette advertising.

On pages L1 and L3, there are two virtually identical pictures (taken by one of his sons, while the article is written by his other son) of retired high school phys ed teacher Wojtek Bielski (WB) smoking! (The article, without these pictures, is here.) Same bathrobe, same chair, same table and, presumably, the same cigarette.  The only difference is the pose...and the captions:  The first one reads, "[WB] used to be anti-texting.  Now, he's 'having fun.'", while the second one says, "[WB] finds texting less intrusive than phoning."  Perhaps one day, if/when Wojtek realizes how "intrusive" smoking is (not only to his lungs, heart, etc., but to everybody else's too), he will become "anti-smoking."  Anyway, the article (which does not provide WB's age) -- the two parts, combined, represent almost half a page! -- is nothing more than a bunch of drivel about a computer/techologically illiterate Neanderthal who suddenly enters the 21st century when, as his son the wannabe journalist says, "My dad sent his first text on April 10, 2012, at 7:23 p.m.  It shook me to the core."  And it goes downhill from there!  Next time the G&M has half a page to spare, perhaps they could give it to Airspace!
Speaking of half a page...   Then, on page R3, there's a half-page movie review of "The Woman in the Fifth", not to be confused with "The Woman in the Filth", even though one of the lead actors (Kristen Scott Thomas) is shown smoking in the picture, which occupies about half of the article.  The headline says, "What you see is not what you get."  Very appropriate, given the fact that "what you see" is a (supposedly) sexy, glamourous, happy, confident, successful woman -- with "seductive charms and her sophisticated mien" -- smoking, while "what you get" (and, hopefully, 'what she gets' too) is the complete opposite:  Gross, ugly, disgusting lung cancer, heart disease, etc.  I can only guess that there's no discussion about smoking in the movie; Ethan Hawke looks too in love/lust with the nicoholic to say, "Put that cigarette out...and give me a call a few months after you've quit smoking."
And finally, as is quite common in the G&M and a few other papers, there's a full page obituary for Henry Hill, the principal character of the film Goodfellas.  He was a gangster-turned-FBI informant.  And, while he had spent much of his life in hiding (first from the FBI, then from his old criminal 'colleagues'), he eventually began to lead a more public life.  He survived the very dangerous criminal life, being an informant (probably with lots of threats to -- and/or attempts on -- his/his families safety/lives), severe alcoholism and drug abuse ("I've been on every drug humanly possible, and I can't get a handle on alcohol").  He survived all of that, but little ol' tobacco got him ("Hill had open heart surgery last year and died of complications from long-time heart problems related to smoking," his long-time girlfriend said), at the ripe old age of 69. If you've seen Goodfellas, you should recall a scene where he's discussing turning informant with FBI agents, and smoking away while discussing his need to live in a warm climate "because of his health". Yeah, right.
On a slightly different note...
With all due respect to all victims of Indian Residential Schools, every time I come across an article about the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission", I find myself wondering if/when there will ever be a Truth and Reconciliation Commission regarding Big Tobacco.

Errol Povah


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