How far do we go to legislate lifestyle?

That should be – How far are they willing to go to legislate lifestyle? Isn’t that a good question?  We are glad we are not the only ones asking it.

A Kentville tobacco seller already in a legal battle with the province says freedom of choice is being limited, with regulations slowly eroding constitutional freedoms and rights.

Mader’s Tobacco Store owner Bob Gee has now written to Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum and council to express his disappointment and concern with a recent bylaw banning smoking on all town-owned and -leased property, including streets and sidewalks. Gee feels the bylaw reflects the slippery slope the town, community and country is treading. He has been in court for several years fighting regulations that limit his ability to display product in his store.

Kentville’s “bylaw does not reflect the larger issue at hand, which is really about how we as individuals educate ourselves, our families and one another so that the freedom to choose does not become hindered through a state of dictatorship,” Gee wrote.

You have probably already read the rest.

…people may openly consume alcohol on outdoor, public patios of drinking establishments and can take their children into the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation – but not into Gee’s shop.


The most important decision is who makes the decisions.


One response to “How far do we go to legislate lifestyle?

  1. “We’re trying to promote a healthier lifestyle in Kentville,” Corkum says. “I don’t think we’re coming out hard and fast on the bylaw.”

    So Mayor Corkum really wants to promote health… What next? Banning fat people from eating at Town-owned/leased properties? After all, Mayor Corkum should know, when it comes to health hazards, obesity ranks right up there with smoking.

    The Mayor is indulging in community-polarizing power-mongering. If he was interested in health, he’d mind his own business and drop 30 kg.