70-year-old Paul Aradi has been ordered to kick his lifelong habit while inside his condo while he waits for his human rights complaint to be processed.
The British Columbia Supreme Court judge decided that Aradi must adhere to the no-smoking bylaw put in place by his condo corporation, despite his difficulty standing and moving.
Aradi wants the building to accommodate his disability, which has a great impact on his ability to enjoy a cigarette outside. However, TV news footage clearly showed that the man was able to make it a short distance from his condo to an acceptable smoking area. Judge Wendy Harris also suggested that he can drive his car to another spot approved for smoking.
Aradi is a Canadian Forces veteran who purchased his condo back in 2002. Seven years later, the condo corporation introduced a no-smoking policy which prohibited smoking with condo units. The building began fining Aradi in 2013 after neighbours began lodging complaints.
His fines reached $2,300, an amount he refused to pay.
Aradi says the condo building’s bylaw creates two classes of citizens, smokers and non-smokers. He also thinks the condo corporation is simply trying to force him out of the building because he’s called into question some of the bills he received from the building in the past.
Should Aradi be allowed to enjoy his habit within the confines of his own home?
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