Iqaluit municipal enforcement drops Taser request

"The Taser unit is being deferred now for general discussion with council at a later date,” said Kevin Sloboda, Iqaluit chief municipal enforcement officer, at a city council meeting last night.

The chief municipal enforcement officer for Iqaluit has dropped his request for a Taser.

A request for $10,000 to buy Tasers and lasers was included in the city's proposed 2014 budget.

“The Taser unit is being deferred now for general discussion with council at a later date,” said Kevin Sloboda at a city council meeting last night where councillors were reviewing the budget.

“It's to provide enough information for council to make an informed decision," Sloboda said. "At budget process right now they could not make an informed decision, I believe, at this time.”

The laser in the budget request refers to a traffic speed gun.

The city had one, but it was damaged in a fire.    

Municipal enforcement now wants $3,500 to replace it.

Readings from the traffic speed gun are admissible in court.

Council is still reviewing this year’s budget; it has not yet been approved.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.