LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 1: In anticipation of legalization, Manitoba revised the Non-Smokers Health Protection and Vapour Products Act to ban smoking and vaping of cannabis in outdoor places including streets, sidewalks, parks, beaches, school grounds, restaurant patios and decks and health care facility grounds. The new rules build on legislation passed last year that bans smoking and vaping in indoor workplaces and enclosed public spaces. Meanwhile, strict new penalties for cannabis-impaired driving have also been added to traffic highway safety laws.
March 16: The government tabled Bill 17 to add new penalties for distracted driving. Highlights:
- Licence suspensions for use of hand-operated electronic device while driving of 3 days for first offence and 7 days for subsequent offences
- Peace officers must report careless driving to Motor Vehicle Registrar
- Upon receiving report, Registrar must review driver’s record to determine need for corrective actions.
March 8: Newly tabled Bill 14 proposes massive overhaul of the system Manitoba uses to regulate its roadways by, among other things, allowing municipalities to set their own speed limits and consolidating the antiquated “two plate” CT/PSV registration system for heavy trucks.
March 15: Bill 16, Manitoba’s new climate change implementation proposal, is actually 5 bills in one including:
- A new plan for climate change
- A greenhouse gas emissions control and reporting act and process
- A made-in-Manitoba carbon pricing system
- A new $40 million climate change fund to support projects dedicated to reducing emissions
- A new low-carbon government office and expert advisory council.