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Earlier start time coming for open air burning in the city

Council is igniting some changes to the burning bylaw in North Bay.

First, the start time for open-air burning is going to be updated. 

A report to council from Jason Whiteley, Chief of North Bay Fire and Emergency Services, says a common request is an earlier start time while the most common complaint involves the end time. 

Councillor Johanne Brousseau, Chair of the Community Services Committee, says the changes will allow burning to start a half-hour earlier. 

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“The amendment changes the start time to 6 pm and all fires to be extinguished by 12 am,” she says. “Open-air burning permits are still required.” 

Whiteley’s report says the Forest Fires Prevention Act does not permit daytime burning.  

The other change will repeal the prohibition of barbecues on balconies, rooftops or decks above the first storey of a building.  

Brousseau says the Technical Safety Standards Association regulation on barbecues has been misunderstood.

“In a review of their regulation, barbecues are not prohibited from balconies.  What is regulated is the storage, transportation and clearance required for propane use in a multi-storey building,” she says. “North Bay Fire and Emergency Services does not have the authority to enforce these regulations.” 

Brousseau says the recommendation is that any prohibition or use of barbecues and gas-fired outdoor appliances should be the responsibility of the building owner, condo boards or management representatives. 

The changes are expected to take effect after the Feb. 22 council meeting. 

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