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The Canadian Press

Smoke-free apartments in Winnipeg

Canadian Press, Wednesday, September 20, 2006

WINNIPEG -- Smokers in search of an apartment in Winnipeg will soon have fewer buildings to choose from now that one of the city's largest landlords has opted to go smoke-free.

Globe General Agencies, which manages about 5,000 units across the city and thousands more across parts of Canada, will ban smoking for all new tenants moving into its 75 buildings as of Oct. 1.

Existing tenants who smoke will be allowed to continue, but the company sees the policy as a first step toward making all its buildings entirely smoke-free, said president Richard Morantz.

"Really this is just all part of providing a safe and healthy environment for our tenants," Morantz said Tuesday.

"With the ban in restaurants and bars and office buildings, this is just part of that trend."

He admitted the company has not logged a lot of complaints about smoking, but said people have reported being unhappy to have to walk through smoky hallways.

Some tenants at one Globe apartment building in downtown Winnipeg seemed pleased with the move.

"You really notice the smoke in the hallways and stuff," said Chris Bryant, a health-care worker and former smoker who has lived in Kelly House for 12 years.

"Even the caretaker smokes all over the building so it can be really strong."

Dave Burrows, a non-smoker who moved into the building in May, said he thinks the policy is fair.

"It'll go both ways," said Burrows, a 22-year-old University of Winnipeg student.

"If someone is smoking and has been living here for awhile, it's kind of a good-faith gesture not to put them out. But that's rough if someone is already interested living here and can't move in."

Several landlords have sought advice on a smoking ban from Manitoba's residential tenancies branch, but Globe is the first company to follow through, said branch director Roger Barsy.

At first glance the policy may not appear to violate any laws or infringe on anyone's rights, but an official ruling can only be made after someone challenges the policy.

"The Residential Tenancies Act allows landlords to create house rules, as long as those rules are given to the tenants, are reasonable and are applied fairly," said Barsy.

"But this is something that is new and so we would wait to hear all the sides and make a determination that will be well thought out."

Many apartment buildings already ban pets. Other rules have been considered reasonable if they promote safety, tenants' comfort or welfare or protect the landlord's property from abuse, said Barsy.

The Manitoba government banned smoking in all indoor public places on Oct. 1, 2004.

Last month, the Canad Inns hotel chain announced it will no longer take reservations for smoking rooms.

Globe also manages apartments in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Montreal but for now is only applying the ban in Winnipeg, said Morantz.

He first took the idea to a staff meeting earlier in the summer and has spent the last few months planning for the transition.

The company did not talk to a lawyer but consulted with the residential tenancies branch.

One constitutional expert said he doesn't see the rule as any mpre restrictive than ones that forbid pets.

Bryan Schwartz said if the case did end up before the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, an adjudicator would have to decide if the policy is discriminatory and, if so, if it's justified.

"Certainly the objective is not difficult to justify because it's an objective the government has endorsed itself through legislation," said Schwartz, who teaches constitutional law at the University of Manitoba.

"But you could try to argue that someone's smoking is an addiction, and if you aren't allowed to smoke in your apartment, you're being discriminated against on the basis of an illness."

Morantz doesn't expect to have a problem with enforcement.

"We have no intention of going into people's suites to do inspections to see if there are ashtrays with cigarette butts in them," said Morantz.

"We find for the most part the public is honest and respectful of the rules, but information also has a way of coming forward."

Canadian Press 2006

National Post

Father's suicide becomes rallying cry for fairness in court

April 1, 2000

BRANDON, Man. - Thirty-five years ago today, Lillian White gave birth to her youngest son. Yesterday, she knelt down and kissed his coffin at his graveside.

Darrin White committed suicide two weeks ago in Prince George, B.C., after a judge ordered him to pay his estranged wife twice his take-home pay in child support and alimony each month.

In death he has become a poignant symbol of family courts gone awry, of a divorce system run by people with closed minds, hard hearts and deaf ears.

Teen depression on the increase in U.K.- teen suicide statistics

Teen depression on the increase

More and More teens are becoming depressed. The numbers of young people suffering from depression in the last 10 years has risen worryingly, an expert says.

BBC, UK, August 3, 2004

Government statistics suggest one in eight adolescents now has depression.

Unless doctors recognise the problem, Read More ..uld slip through the net, says Professor Tim Kendall of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

Guidelines on treating childhood depression will be published next year. Professor Kendall says a lot Read More ..eds to be done to treat the illness.

Family Conflict and Suicide Rates Among Men

by Dr. Hazel McBride Ph.D. June 9-10, 1995

Violence and Abuse within the Family: The Neglected Issues

A public hearing sponsored by The Honourable Senator Anne C. Cools on June 9-10, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Transcript of Dr. Hazel McBride's presentation on the relationship between family conflict and suicide rates among men.


Reasons Why Young Men Commit Suicide

PA News, U.S.A., By John von Radowitz, Science Correspondent, September 28, 2003

Broken marriages, living a single life and lack of income are the three factors chiefly to blame for a surge in suicides among young men, a new study has shown.

Suicide rates in England and Wales have doubled for men under 45 since 1950, but declined among women and older age groups of both sexes.

Researchers trying to discover why found that between 1950 and 1998 there were worsening trends for many suicide risk factors.

These included marital break up, birth and marriage declines, unemployment and substance abuse.

But those most associated with young men aged 25 to 34 were divorce, fewer marriages, and increases in income inequality.

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Quebec men more likely to commit suicide than women

Rate is especially high among baby boomers, statistics reveal. Read More ..

Centre for Suicide Prevention

Centre for Suicide Prevention 

The Centre for Suicide Prevention has three main branches:

The Suicide Information & Education Collection (SIEC) is a special library and resource centre providing information on suicide and suicidal behaviour.

The Suicide Prevention Training Programs (SPTP) branch provides caregiver training in suicide intervention, awareness, bereavement, crisis management and related topics. Suicide Prevention

Research Projects (SPRP)  advocates for, and supports research on suicide and suicidal behaviour.

invisible suicides

Invisible Suicides

StatsCan recently reported on a 10% increase in suicides. But StatsCan persists in ignoring the group of Canadians at greatest risk for suicide, as do the media and professional reports.

Suicide is a microcosm for those most under stress and most at risk of unresolved crisis in society. Suicides may logically be categorized as 100% citizens of Canada, and then as 79% male. The most critical measure of depression - suicide - is counted overwhelmingly in male corpses. For over 23 years widespread media and professional attention concentrated on 12,500 AIDS deaths, compared to little concern with 92,000 suicides.

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs of the House of Commons concerning Bill C-68 - Firearms Act.

by Brian L. Mishara, Ph.D. Past President, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec a Montréal.   Read More ..

CYF project halves child suicide rate

The New Zealand Herald, BY LEAH HAINES, October 10, 2004

A three-year project by welfare and health agencies has halved the rate of suicide among some of the country's most at-risk children.

Researchers say the project has the potential to put a massive dent in New Zealand's youth suicide rate - currently the highest in the developed world.

The results of the Towards Well Being suicide monitoring project were due to be presented to an international conference on youth suicide this weekend and are expected to gain global attention. Read More ..

Family Conflict and Suicide Rates Among Men

by Dr. Hazel McBride Ph.D. June 9-10, 1995

Violence and Abuse within the Family: The Neglected Issues

A public hearing sponsored by The Honourable Senator Anne C. Cools on June 9-10, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Transcript of Dr. Hazel McBride's presentation on the relationship between family conflict and suicide rates among men.