Canada is quickly becoming a nation of rules without reason. The irony is that most of our self-inflicted rules are utterly useless and do nothing to combat genuine problems in our society. Children must be in carseats until they are 8, but can have sex at 14. Smoking is soon to be illegal everywhere but your house in Ontario, but had the Conservatives not been elected, marijuana would have been legalized.
Ottawa city politicians will begin debate this week on a program to get people to stop using perfume, scented soaps, cleaners, and deodorants and possibly ban them altogether in public places.
[A] 1999 survey of Canadians that found 2.5 million people suffer from asthma. Two other studies show that fragrances can trigger attacks in 72 per cent of people who have asthma.
There is no mention of where those 2.5million people live. I'd be willing to bet that cities like Hamilton have greater asthma problems than Ottawa.
Their example of similar schemes?
The universities of Toronto and Calgary, the Kingston General Hospital, and some federal buildings in Ottawa-Gatineau have also adopted programs designed to get people to use less perfumed products.
Please note that many hospitals have fragrance-free policies. Hospitals are also not general cases and shouldn't be used as examples of how Joe-Average-Citizen lives. Furthermore, there is no mention as to whether or not the federal buildings mentions house any employees with breathing problems.
Banning fragrance use within a city is a ridiculous notion. People should be turning their attention to genuine social ills... like rising drug use in teens, or prostitution.