Winnipeg to reword proposed bylaw about singing on city buses

A bus is pictured in Winnipeg in this June 25, 2014 file photo. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

A bus is pictured in Winnipeg in this June 25, 2014 file photo. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

David Larkins, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

WINNIPEG - City officials are attempting to clarify a transit bylaw that would prohibit singing on buses.

The city issued a press release Thursday suggesting amendments are “under development” to reword a portion of the bylaw that would prohibit singing or playing musical instruments on city buses.

The goal of the bylaw is to manage disruptive and inappropriate behaviour, transit director Dave Wardrop said in a release.

“With some revised wording, we expect that the purpose of the proposed bylaw will be clearer that the intent is not to limit freedom of expression,” he said.

Coun. Jenny Gerbasi, who announced on social media Thursday she would look at ways of improving the wording of the bylaw, said special constables are already being brought in to enhance safety on transit and direction was needed on how they will operate.

Still, she concedes the wording of the bylaw is lacking.

“I don’t think it’s been very well communicated,” she said.

“I think the intent of the bylaw is really good in terms of providing more safety for transit riders, and that’s what the bylaw’s about. Change the wording so we’re not talking to someone singing to a baby, we’re not talking about someone breaking into a song that everyone joins. It’s more about someone being disruptive and causing a problem.”

Those being disruptive on a bus stand to face a $100 fine.

david.larkins@sunmedia.ca

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