Petition to change bylaw 01-277 article 353, clause 5
- Helen Fotopulos, Mayor of the Plateau Mont-Royal Borough, Montreal, Quebec
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This petition was created so that small, independently run businesses selling live flowers and plants in the Plateau Mont-Royal borough may display their saleable merchandise on the sidewalks (public domain) so long as pedestrian traffic is not obstructed.
Case in point: Dépanneur Tournesol, 162, rue Bernard Ouest (corner Waverly). Because of the recent construction on Bernard and a limited amount of indoor retail space, this small business put its plants and flowers for sale along the sidewalk and was fined over $10,000 by the city.
Residents of this neighborhood find the outdoor display of these plants and flowers attractive and adding charm to the area. In an attempt to conform to the law, Dépanneur Tournesol has restricted its outdoor display of merchandise to the approximate one foot of space between the building and the sidewalk.
Because this is still considered the public domain, Dépanneur Tournesol and other businesses of this type may continue to be fined at the potential risk of bankruptcy unless the bylaw is changed.
A win-win situation will result in changing this bylaw to the terms below: vendors of live plants and flowers will gain the right to put their merchandise outside, and as a result, the surrounding areas will become more vibrant and aesthetically pleasing to all.
We, the undersigned, call for a revision of bylaw 01-277 article 353, clause 5 which currently states:
"Il est interdit de jeter, déposer ou laisser sur le sol du domaine public : ... des marchandises ou d'autres biens ou effets."
[Translation: "It is forbidden to throw away, toss, or leave on the public domain: ... any merchandise, goods or other items."]
We would like to change it to:
"Il est interdit de jeter, déposer ou laisser sur le sol du domaine public : ... des marchandises ou d'autres biens ou effets, à l'exception des fleurs fraîches et des plantes vivantes à vendre chez des fleuristes et dépanneurs, qui peuvent être placées sur les trottoirs, en autant que leur emplacement n'empêche pas le passage des piétons ou d'autres."
[Translation: "It is forbidden to throw away, toss, or leave on the public domain: ... any merchandise, goods or other items, with the exception of fresh flowers and live plants sold by florists and convenience stores, which may be placed on the sidewalks so long as their placement does not obstruct pedestrian or other traffic."]
The Petition to change bylaw 01-277 article 353, clause 5 petition to Helen Fotopulos, Mayor of the Plateau Mont-Royal Borough, Montreal, Quebec was written by Aleece Germano and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.