Still on the Books – can you believe it?

29 Jun
English: Balloon modelling.

Balloon modelling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

British Columbia have a few laws that they never bothered to take off the books.  Some of them are wacky and ridiculous in this day and age.

People of Oak Bay, for instance,  seem to prefer cats to dogs. The law there says that you can keep as many as 5 cats “per parcel of land” but no more than 2 dogs over the age of 4 months. If the dog has puppies, you have a month to report the news to a License Inspector.

And in Victoria, it is illegal for buskers to give out balloon animals to children.


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20 responses to “Still on the Books – can you believe it?

  1. bejamin4

    June 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Laws such as these make a mockery of the law. Great read. Very interesting.

    • tkmorin

      June 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it … 🙂

  2. Melanie

    June 30, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I’ve heard a lot of wacky Canadian laws (like, you can’t paint a wooden ladder in Saskatchewan I think it is, and there’s one somewhere about wearing spandex within X meters of beer being sold), but I’d never heard of the balloon animal one! Weird. Some kid got blinded by a balloon poodle popping? 🙂

    • tkmorin

      June 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Yes, we’ve got some doozies, that’s for sure. Thanks for dropping by and saying hi! 🙂

  3. seeker

    June 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I wonder what they were thinking at the time to create such law?

    • tkmorin

      June 29, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      I know! It doesn’t make sense, eh? Wacky, indeed! 🙂

      • seeker

        June 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        Should be in the book of Believe It or Not. 😛

        • tkmorin

          June 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm

          I wonder — do they have a category for that? Good question.

          You have plans for our birthday on the first? 🙂

          • seeker

            June 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm

            So many choices to do in town to celebrate and I am pulled on both sides. I think I’ll just finish the gardening instead.

            What about you?

          • tkmorin

            June 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm

            Believe it or not, I haven’t decided. It always depends on health … I’ll decide on the actual day. 🙂

          • seeker

            June 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

            Makes sense. I hope you will be well enough just to go out and breath some fresh air. 😛

          • tkmorin

            June 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

            Oh, that I do everyday! 🙂

    • Doug Thomas

      June 30, 2013 at 9:19 am

      I’m with you! The real story isn’t the law but the reason some law-making body felt a need to make the law.

      In my town, there used to be a four way stop on a main street that was established to assure the safety of the children on the north side of the street who walked to the elementary school a few blocks south of the stop.

      So, for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year, anyone driving on the east-west through street had to come to a complete stop for children who, presumably, walked across it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year to get to school or to return home.

      At the time it was enacted, some of the City Council members lived north of the through street and had children who went to the elementary school south of the through street …!

      In time, everyone just got used to the inconvenience of the 10th Street stop or travelled across town on 3rd Street, a four lane road which had no stop sign for children south of the street to make a safe crossing. (Did I mention “south of 3rd” puts you in a poorer part of town?)

      This went on for over 30 years before someone finally got it across to the powers that be that there was exactly no justification for such a stop, that children attending the elementary school were seen crossing on other corners as well, and that the original reason had more to do with the City Council at the time than any need to regulate traffic.

      On a happier note, they finally put up a light children and adults could activate when they needed to cross the busier, wider 3rd Street.

      • tkmorin

        June 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

        30 years? Wow, talk about slow moving “red tape”! 🙂

  4. myliteraryleanings

    June 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Interesting. I thought we only had stupid laws in USA.

    • tkmorin

      June 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      There are acutally whole books written about these wacky laws! I suppose it may just be too costly to remove laws like that … 🙂

  5. Sheryl @ Flowery Prose

    June 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Wacky laws, indeed! It really makes you wonder what incident(s) inspired them to be written in the first place…. 🙂 Have a great Canada Day weekend!

    • tkmorin

      June 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you for the kind thought — I am excited about Canada Day!
      And yes, I often wonder just what the incident was that created these laws … this one really made me scratch my head, and then I just gave up. Heehee 🙂

      • Doug Thomas

        June 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

        Yes, Happy Canada Day tomorrow if I don’t get back around!

        • tkmorin

          June 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

          Many thanks! 🙂


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