LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct. 17: New exemptions under the Non-Smokers Health Protection and Vapour Products Act allow for the use of medical marijuana in outdoor places except:
- Within 8 metres of a public building, restaurant, bar patio or deck or playground
- In or within 8 metres of a stadium or outdoor entertainment venue
- In or within 8 metres of a wading pool, splash pad or water park.
- In or within 8 metres of a bus shack or similar structure.
Nov. 1: Stricter penalties for using a cellphone or other hand-operated electronic device while driving take effect:
- Fine increased from $203 to $672
- Points increased from 3 to 5
- 3-day roadside licence suspension for first offence
- 7-day roadside suspension for each subsequent offence within 10 years
- New $50 licence reinstatement fee
- Requirement that charging officer immediately notify Manitoba Public Insurance for driving record check to determine if additional penalties are in order.
Oct. 1: WCB cut the allowance for travel to attend workers’ comp hearings (under WCB Policy 21.10.40) to 39¢ per kilometre. The meal allowance remains $54 per day, including $10.80 for breakfast, $14.65 for lunch and $28.55 for dinner.
Oct. 3: The province officially announced its decision to nix the federal carbon tax in favour of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, which provides for a flat, fixed tax to be used to fund provincial tax reductions.
Oct. 17: Enforcement officers can now issue tickets to boaters and watercraft users who violate laws designed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels. Fines start at $174 (failing to possess a transportation authorization for a watercraft that isn’t decontaminated) to $2,542 (failing to decontaminate a watercraft).
Oct. 25: The province officially approved the Stewardship Manitoba program plan for recycling of used tires. The announcement comes less than 2 weeks after approval of the stewardship plan for used oil and oil containers, filters and antifreeze.