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This BC City Can Now Fine Panhandlers $50 Under New Bylaw

Salmon Arm

Back in May, Penticton City Council voted to amend the Good Neighbourhood Bylaw, which now prohibits individuals from sitting or sleeping on a number of city streets. Earlier this week, another BC city followed in their footsteps.

Salmon Arm passed a new bylaw amendment that’ll now allow officers to fine panhandlers $50.

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This bylaw amendment, which passed Monday, is aimed to combat people who sit or lie on the streets for the purpose of getting money.

Back in May, a bylaw was passed in Salmon Arm, which made it an offence to panhandle from anyone while sitting or lying on the streets, within 15 metres of a bank machine, in a car, or within a public plaza.

The report also highlights that handing out fines will be used as a “last resort”.

“The primary method of achieving compliance will be education followed by a request for compliance”, reads the report.

If the offense continues, the bylaw officer would then issue a verbal warning, which could be followed by a written demand notification. City staff’s last resort would be the issuance of a municipal ticket.

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