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Weird Canadian Laws

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Anyone else remember that episode of The Simpsons where Chief Wiggum is looking up old laws and discovers one that reads “Five kicks of the same can shall be considered illegally transporting litter”?  That’s the first thing I thought of when I came across this: a list of strange laws from around the world.  Their section on Canada is particularly sidesplitting.  For example:  it’s against provincial law to kill a sasquatch in British Columbia, while in the town of Uxbridge, Ontario residents are forbidden from having an internet connection faster than 56k.

I’d just like to state for the record that this site doesn’t source any specific laws, so take it with a grain of salt.  Still — definitely a fun read.

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  1. adora

    The site is down…
    I heard in Alberta, after serving complete sentence, a released prisoner is supposed to be given money and a horse for exile out of the province.

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  2. amanda

    There is an old law that says you cannot walk down a certain street in Ottawa on a Sunday with ice cream.

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  3. JeLLo

    Thats odd…I just tried again and I get this message:

    Sorry, Service Temporarily Unavailable.
    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.
    Additionally, a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    Please check the URL for proper spelling and capitalization. If you’re having trouble locating a destination on Yahoo!, try visiting the Yahoo! home page or look through a list of Yahoo!’s online services. Also, you may find what you’re looking for if you try searching below.

    Hmmmmmmm…..

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  4. Joel

    Seems to work: for those who cant access it, here ar a few excerpts:
    {Boo, if you think that the comment is too long, fell free to delete it}

    America and Canada first, as they have an overwhelming amount of weird laws!. Further down the page are the Irish and English laws and then the rest of the world. If you come across any not listed here, changes of laws or corrections, please inform me giving some evidence (e.g.: a link, a scanned picture or article etc.). And please don’t plagiarise this work as some other unscrupulous folks are doing, with some of my other articles. I work hard for this site to entertain and spread the Gospel as well as show that real Christians have a sense of humour.

    (With apologies to all our Canadian Brothers and Sisters, especially friends in Chatham and Guelph (You too Stephen!)

    · 30% of a radio stations content must be “Canadian Content”

    · You may not pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies.

    · Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.

    · It is illegal for clear or non-dark sodas to contain caffeine.

    Alberta Provincial Laws

    · Businesses must provide rails for tying up horses.

    · Wooden logs may not be painted.

    · It is illegal to set fire to the wooden leg of a wooden legged man

    · You may never use dice to play craps.

    City Laws

    · If you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town.

    British Columbia Provincial Laws

    · It is illegal to kill a sasquatch.

    New Brunswick Provincial Laws

    · Driving on the roads is not allowed.

    Nova Scotia Provincial Laws

    · When raining, a person may not water his/her lawn.

    Ontario Provincial Laws

    · The speed limit is 80 kph for cars, but bicyclists have the right of way.

    City Laws

    Etobicoke

    · Bylaw states that no more than 3.5 inches of water is allowed in a bathtub.

    Cobourg

    · If you have a water trough in your front yard it must be filled by 5:00 a.m.

    Gananoque

    · Homeowners are responsible for clearing snow off of municipal sidewalks.

    Guelph

    · The city is classified as a no-pee zone.

    Kanata

    · The colour of house and garage doors is regulated by city bylaws (a purple door get you a fine). It is also illegal to have a clothes line in your backyard.

    · You can’t work on your car in the street.

    Oshawa

    · It’s illegal to climb trees.

    · Homeowners are responsible for clearing snow off of municipal sidewalks. If sidewalks is not cleaned within 24 hours after a snowfall, city workers will clean it and the cost will be placed on the homeowners tax bill.

    Ottawa

    · It is illegal to eat ice-cream on Bank Street on a Sunday.

    Toronto

    · You can’t drag a dead horse down Yonge St. on a Sunday.

    Uxbridge

    · Residents are not allowed to have an Internet connection faster than 56k.

    Wawa

    · You may not paint a ladder as it will be slippery when wet.

    · It is illegal to show public affection on Sunday.

    Quebec Provincial Laws

    · It is illegal to turn right on a red light at any time.

    · All business signs in the province of Quebec must be in French. If the business operator wishes to have English on the sign, the French must be at least twice as large as the English is. There are no laws governing the usage of other languages on signs. -Bill 101 (Passed 1976)

    · No language other than French is permitted to be shown out doors.

    City Laws

    Beaconsfield

    · It is considered an offence to have more than two colours of paint on your house.

    · You may not own a log cabin.

    Montréal

    · The Queen Elizabeth Hotel must feed your horse freely when you rent a room.

    · You may not wash your car in the street.

    · You may not park a car in such a way that it is blocking your own driveway.

    · “For Sale” signs are not permitted in the windows of moving vehicles.

    · Cars parked in public places must be locked, and their windows must be down to less than the width of a hand.

    · One’s rear license plate may not be protected by glass or plastic.

    · You may not swear in French.

    · Citizens may not relieve themselves or spit on the street. Punishable by a fine of over 100 Canadian dollars.

    Outremont

    · Not only do all exterior painting jobs require a permit (for colour) but, for instance, the City went to Appeals Court over the exact type of division inside a window frame.

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  5. Luc

    It is very dated (at least for the Quebec laws).

    We are allowed to turn right on red everywhere except where indicated and on the island of Montreal.

    Businesses are allowed to post outdoor signs in another language other than French however French must be the predominent language.

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  6. Corinne

    30% of a radio stations content must be “Canadian Content…why is this a weird law???

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  7. Dan

    what is the old law about r.c.m.ps holding time law says 24 hours is that the same for r.c.m.ps old law or longer

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  8. Anonymous

    Umm… I think they forgot one. “When you are riding your bicycle, you have to use your hand to signal when you are turning. However, you must keep your hand on the handlebars at all times.” If this happens you might as well ride your bike to some other country, then turn around and ride back… XD

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  9. Rob

    The snow clearing one is pretty common, in Kitchener/Waterloo you were responsible for any public sidewalk along the side of the property. In fact I also believe that if someone slipped and fell on a sidewalk that was not cleared within the specified time, the injured party could sue the homeowner even though it is not part of the property.

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  10. Master Bait

    hahaha this site is amazing xD lol. wow, alot of stupid laws in this world eh?? oh.. haha u can tell im canadian now :P lol

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  11. aeracura

    Although some of these are hilarious, I agree – although every place has crazy laws just like this if you were to check it out- some of them make perfect sense and if more Americans were to follow them we would be a much greener place. For example. not watering your lawn while it rains, having a certian shower time or bath full-ness as well. These conserve water and what is so strange about that? At least a government somewhere is doing something to support it. ( Texas also does this )

    Also, check out high end lady da neighborhoods in California for example – They have the same laws about house colours, some even have laws against not having perfectly groomed shrubbery lol…

    Anywho heres some weird American laws too, because we wouldnt want anyone to be on a high horse now would we? I especialy love how a mother will be arrested if her baby burps during church service..

    Real American laws
    These are real standing laws from around the United States of America.

    Alabama:
    1. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a
    vehicle.

    California:
    1. Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for
    anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of
    water.

    Connecticut:
    1. You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
    2. You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.

    Florida:
    1. Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the
    salon owner.
    2. A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or
    she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
    3. If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee
    has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
    4. It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
    5. Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

    Illinois:
    1. It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and
    other domesticated animal kept as pets.

    Indiana:
    1. Bathing is prohibited during the winter.
    2. Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theatre nor ride
    in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.

    Iowa:
    1. Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.

    Kentucky:
    1. By law, anyone who has been drinking is “sober” until he or she
    “cannot hold onto the ground.”
    2. It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.

    Louisiana:
    1. It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a
    water pistol.
    2. Biting someone with your natural teeth is “simple assault,” while
    biting someone with your false teeth is “aggravated assault.”

    Massachusetts:
    1. Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.
    2. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and
    securely locked.
    3. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a
    special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

    Nebraska:
    1. A parent can be arrested if his child cannot hold back a burp during
    a church service.

    New Mexico:
    1. Females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.

    New York:
    1. A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically
    prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a
    woman in that way.” A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude
    calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a “pair of
    horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.

    North Dakota:
    1. Beer & pretzels can’t be served at the same time in any bar or
    restaurant.

    Ohio:
    1. Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.

    Oklahoma:
    1. Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a
    dog.
    2. Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being
    licensed by the state.
    3. Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in
    groups of three or more on private property.

    Pennsylvania:
    1. A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and
    dust under a rug in a dwelling.
    2. No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.

    Texas:
    1. A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without
    first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.
    2. It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while
    standing.

    Vermont:
    1. Lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath
    each week — on Saturday night.

    Washington:
    1. All lollipops are banned.
    2. A law to reduce crime states: “It is mandatory for a motorist with
    criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of
    police as he is entering the town.

    West Virginia:
    1. No children may attend school with their breath smelling of “wild
    onions.”

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  13. Dr. Singer

    It is illigal to type without looking at your fingers at least every 20 seconds when typing for a judge in Alabama

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  14. c12347

    These are good. I know of a couple from Saskatchewan…..
    In Saskatoon, it is illegal to catch fish with your bare hands.
    And for all you “Cowboys”…It is still legal to hang a horse-thief in Saskatchewan.

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