Thunder Bay – New Bylaws on Shopping Carts and Fireworks

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In Winter, shopping carts left abandoned end up blocking sidewalks and snow clearing
In Winter, shopping carts left abandoned end up blocking sidewalks and snow clearing

Thunder Bay – NEWS – Thunder Bay City Council has pass new by-laws on shopping carts and on fireworks.

The new fireworks regulations, under new Fireworks By-law 86-2021, come into effect immediately. Key points under the new fireworks by-law:

  • Fireworks may be discharged on the evening of and the evening before the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Canada Day, August Civic Holiday
  • Fireworks may be discharged on the entire day of the Lunar New Year, but not the evening before
  • In addition to Canada Day and the evening before Canada Day: if Canada Day falls on a Monday or Tuesday fireworks may be discharged on the evening of the Saturday prior to Canada Day; if Canada Day falls on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, fireworks may be discharged on the Saturday after Canada Day
  • Fireworks may not be discharged at any other time without a specific permit
  • Fireworks may only be offered for sale on New Year’s Day, Canada Day and August Civic Holiday, and the seven business days prior to these holidays
  • Property owners/tenants as well as those discharging fireworks are responsible for the discharge of fireworks on any specific property
  • A new system of fines is in place for multiple or repeated offences
  • Property owners/tenants can be billed for the full cost of emergency responses in the case of nuisance events

The new Shopping Cart By-law 85-2021 comes into effect in May 2022. Key points under the new shopping cart by-law:

  • It is an offence to abandon a shopping cart off the owner’s property
  • By May 15, 2022, all shopping carts in use must have identification plates/stickers affixed with owner’s contact information
  • By May 30, 2022, owners of shopping carts must submit to the City their plan for management, control and recovery of their carts