Judge orders B.C. man to stop smoking while appealing condo's ban

VANCOUVER - A life-long smoker has been ordered to stop smoking cigarettes inside his apartment while he waits to challenge his condo corporation with a human rights complaint.

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A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has concluded that Paul Aradi must follow a no-smoking bylaw despite having difficulty standing and walking.

Judge Wendy Harris says in her ruling she will not allow the 70-year-old to continue disregarding the bylaw while he waits at least six months until a hearing by the Human Rights Tribunal.

Aradi filed a complaint asking the corporation to accommodate his disability, which he says affects his ability to smoke outside.

The judge says there is evidence that the man has been able to walk a relatively short distance from his unit to smoke and can also drive his car to another location.

The Canadian Forces veteran moved into his condo before the corporation prohibited smoking, and has refused to pay fines of $2,300 accumulated since December 2013.


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