Vernon backs down on shopping cart ban

A proposed ban on shopping carts within Vernon city limits was voted down by city council this week. Shelby Thom/Global News

Vernon council has decided not to proceed with a bylaw that would ban commercial shopping carts in public places.

Council made the about-face, partly due to concerns the ban could infringe on homeless people’s rights, and could face a costly legal challenge.

Scott Anderson was the lone council member still wanting to proceed with the ban.

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Council voted 5-1 a few weeks ago to give preliminary support to the ban as part of 42 recommendaitons made by a safety task force.

Mayor Akbal Mund said he changed his vote after talking to people in Kelowna which tried a similar ban 10 years ago.


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