We don’t need MORE laws

Caledonia — we don’t need any more laws, By Arthur Weinreb (CFP);

Ontario PC leader John Tory recently went to the besieged southern Ontario town of Caledonia that has been subject to a native occupation for the past year and a half and announced that if his party forms the next government he will strengthen the province’s trespass laws. Tory vowed to increase the fines under Ontario’s Trespass to Property Act to $2,000 for individuals and $25,000 for groups. The Act would cover not only those who trespass on someone else’s property but would include those persons who organize or finance such occupations. This was in keeping with Tory’s previous statements that civil remedies for those who are adversely affected by illegal occupations need to be used. This is bound to scare the occupiers; they’ll have to go to Ottawa to get more money to pay their fines.

If modern day society has any problem regarding laws it is that we have too many laws. In our current nanny state existence, almost every aspect of peoples’ lives is regulated to death. Even on their own property, people are prevented from cutting down their own trees and using pesticides to kill weeds. If anything, we need fewer laws, not more.


Let’s enforce current laws before we think about imposing new ones.


Another OPP officer faces an impaired charge

The Star (CP);

A provincial police officer is facing impaired driving charges following the crash of a cruiser south of Burleigh Falls last week.

Orillia OPP say Const. Kevin Duignan, 48, has been charged with care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired, and care and control of a vehicle while over the legal limit.

Police say Duignan, who is posted to the Peterborough County detachment, was operating a police vehicle at the time of the collision on Highway 28.

He was treated for minor injuries and has been suspended from duty while an internal investigation is conducted.

Duigan is to appear in a Peterborough court on May 3.

Have you seen the Bubble Gum Bandit?


Durham regional police are hoping to pop the bubble of a bubble gum bandit who has been driving around the GTA and stealing chewing gum. $5,000 worth of chewing gum, to be exact.

Police say the woman enters big chain grocery stores and walks out with a shopping cart full of cases of gum, Durham Sgt. Paul McCurbin said.

Store flyers are placed on the cases of gum as she leaves the store to try to cover up the thefts, police said.


Is there a demand for “Black Market” bubble gum?

Must be.

Ontario liquor law changed to protect patrons

As of tomorrow, patrons will be allowed to carry their drinks to the restroom — if the establishment has applied for this “new” license, that is.

[Visit the AGCO Website for more info]
[More info here]

Why does it not surprise me, even though it’s free, that this “new” license has to be “applied” for? Why can it not be simply amended to the Liquor License for current license holders?

I think it’s a great step towards protecting, particularly women, from crimes such as date rape. I’m just curious as to the potential legal situations that could arise from potentially drunk patrons (hey, that is the whole point, isn’t it?) walking around with glasses/bottles.

It’s a good idea, but…

I can’t say I like the way the McGuinty government has implemented the new “recycling program” for wine and liquor bottles.

680 News – Jaime Pulfer;

Toronto – The McGuinty government’s liquor and wine bottle deposit return program begins today; but, whether Ontarians will bag the bottles and heading off to the beer store for their refunds remains to be seen.

Some individuals tell 680News the $0.10 or $0.20 refund may not be enough motivation – they’ll continue to just toss the empties in the blue box and take them out to the curb on recycling day.

Still the provincial government says scavengers will cash in on the blue box and return the bottles to get the refund for themselves.

The goal of this program is to get as many as 80 million wine bottles out of the landfills but customers will be paying extra at the LCBO as a result. Restaurants estimate they stand to lose $35 million.

Let me get this straight — you buy a bottle of wine, and a bottle of whiskey at the Liquor Store, but you have to drive to The Beer Store to get your fourty cents back? What a PITA!

It almost makes you feel like smashing them! 😉

A crime of opporunity

It only takes seconds, as this Oakville couple found out this morning.

Some scarey moments for an Oakville couple after the family minivan was stolen with their three-year-old son inside.

If that wasn’t enough, the thief got away in another idling vehicle!

The suspect took off on foot and went after another idling vehicle – a GMC Hummer. The Hummer was later found abandoned in Etobicoke.

Hamilton Cops — Suspended with pay! (UPDATED)

The Hamilton Spectator – By Susan Clairmont;

A pair of Hamilton cops — one a rookie, the other a veteran detective — are charged with framing a man for a crime he didn’t commit.


First, let’s meet the two cops.

Constable Jessica Prazeres has only been wearing a badge for 10 months. She donned a uniform in July and hit the streets with a training officer. She just got off her probation as a new recruit in November when she was allowed for the first time to work on her own.

Her name might not mean much to you. But try Googling Jessica Amaro.


Then there’s Detective Helena Russell. A 16-year veteran. Most recently working out of the Mountain criminal investigation division. Before that she had worked in the sexual assault unit. Russell has had a high community profile in the past few months as president of the Hamilton chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Jessica was the chapter’s vice-president.


They will continue to be paid while they are suspended.


Only in Canada, eh? 😉

UPDATE (02/03/07) – The Hamilton Spectator, letters to the editor — Hiring process should weed out bad cops

It’s all about the money

It was OK when our bars and restaurants spent thousands of dollars to build enclosed smoking areas only to be told they were no longer able to use them. It was OK when the entire hospitality sector lost millions of dollars because of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. But when the government loses money, a new set of rules suddenly come into play. This is just one more example of the two-tiered system actively in use within our governmental system.

Globe & Mail (CP);

TORONTO – Government-owned casinos in Windsor and Niagara Falls are allowed to build special outdoor shelters for smokers even though bars and restaurants in Ontario cannot do so under a province wide smoking ban, Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson said Tuesday.

[The entire article is linked above]