Saskatchewan Casino Smoking Deal Unresolved - Friday 24th of February 2006

SASKATCHEWAN – As reported by the CBC News: "Yorkton Mayor Phil DeVos is still looking to negotiate a deal with a First Nations-controlled casino that hasn't been following the city's smoking ban.

"The issue has been simmering since last year, when the Painted Hand Casino went back to having smoking areas after operating under a smoking ban for years.

"Both the City of Yorkton and the province have passed laws banning smoking in bars, restaurants, casinos and other enclosed public places. Although the casino is across the street from Yorkton city hall, it's on an urban reserve under jurisidiction of Sakimay First Nation.

…The issue reached the floor of Yorkton city council this week, with councillors debating the merits of returning to court to enforce the city's no-smoking bylaw. That idea was voted down…"

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