The drastic rules surrounding the curfew risk causing “neighborhood problems” across Quebec, anticipates the FRAPRU, an organization defending the right to housing.
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Véronique Laflamme, spokesperson for the organization, especially pointed out the ban on going out to smoke a cigarette, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. For owners of a house with a yard, the question does not arise. On the other hand, very many tenants risk to suffer, she fears.
“Most tenants do not have access to land and there are more and more terms in leases that prohibit smoking on balconies. These people, who do not have a private yard, will not have a place to go to smoke (after 8 pm) ”, she lamented.
According to her, “this measure still does not look good and will disproportionately affect lower income tenants. It risks creating neighborhood problems if people are forced to smoke at home and that creates nuisance for neighbors ”.
Mme Laflamme believes that “as we did for dog owners, it seems to us that some relaxation should be found. We regret that tenants are cornered against the wall without options. Not everyone has a private yard in Quebec ”.
Thursday afternoon, the Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, outlined the rules and exceptions that will be in effect during the curfew.