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Guelph fireworks bylaw gets rewrite

After discovering that a city bylaw doesn’t automatically allow fireworks to be set off on a Hindu festival celebrated in November, city hall is taking another look at its bylaws.
“The city has learned a lesson this week about being an inclusive community,” Mayor Karen Farbridge wrote in her city hall blog Friday.
The city’s fireworks bylaw permits the use of fireworks by residents only on Canada Day and Victoria Day, two days that have had a celebratory tradition of setting off fireworks, she wrote. An exemption is required to use fireworks on other days, such as for a wedding.
“There is another special holiday that is celebrated in our community and which has a tradition of fireworks – Diwali,” Fabridge wrote.
“Our staff will be bringing forward a report to council in the spring to examine how we can be more inclusive of other traditional holidays in our community.”
Diwali, sometimes known as the festival of lights, is a five-day festival that began this year on Nov. 13.
There was at least one complaint from a resident about the setting off of fireworks at that time, which led to a letter explaining the Diwali tradition being sent to city hall.

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