10 WTF Canadian Laws That Can Get You Arrested
Putting the 'eh' back in weird.
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On a national scale, Canada is pretty weird. Canucks put certified organic maple syrup on everything, endorse All-Dressed chips, and depending on your hometown, eat, sleep, and breath ice hockey. We're essentially considered to be a civilized take on the United States and their frat boy fandom, but in the right moment, we can be more awkward than George Costanza. And that also applies to our government. Politics aside, these are a few Canadian laws that will make you go "WTF".
You Can't Pay With Too Much Change
Praying for a five dollar coin? Think again. As noted in the Canadian Currency Act Of 1985, there is a physical cap on the number of coins an individual can use in a single transaction. For example, vendors can deny any purchase that exceeds $5 in nickels or $25 dollars in loonies.
You Can't Paint A Wooden Ladder
Under Alberta's Occupational And Safety Code, "a person must not paint a wooden ladder" as paint and other liquid coatings can prevent an individual from noticing the condition of said ladder. It does seem a bit farfetched, but at least Alberta's looking out for their librarians and contractors.
You're Not Allowed To Keep A Cow In Your House
It may seem like a bylaw fit for the West and their open farm lands, but it's 100% Newfoundland-made. In St. John's, residents can be fined for keeping a cow in their own home, not to mention driving cattle through the streets of the maritime city after 8 a.m. NST.
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You Shouldn't Use Public Transit When LARP-ing
Live Action Role Playing is pretty harmless most of the time, but Ottawa begs to differ. The nation's capital enforces a Public Transit Bylaw that says a person can get a $500 fine for bringing fake/real swords and crossbows onto transit vehicles or to public shelters and stations.
You Can't Turn Right On Red Lights
If you own a car, then you're well aware that a trip through a major Canadian city will require a few "serenity nows". Quebec is no different as an old traffic law strictly prohibited drivers from making right turns on red lights. That is until 2003 when the province changed the rule so it would only be in effect for special cases - like the Island of Montreal.
You Can't Wear A Snake Out In Public
In a weird move, the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, made it illegal to wear a snake or carry a pet lizard on your shoulder in public. The only hack, of course, is if said snake/lizard are placed in a container and if that doesn't blow up your dreams of becoming Britney Spears, then what will?
You Can't Have A Lawn That's Taller Than 8 Inches
A number of cities enforce laws that have to do with private properties, but not London, Ontario. The college/university haven takes lawn care seriously and it's why a certain bylaw makes it illegal for homeowners to have front lawns that are taller than eight inches. If a certain house doesn't make the cut, the city will mow it themselves and send the resulting bill in the mail.
You're Not Allowed To Melt Ice With Water
As most Canadians know, there is no hell like winter in the north. Case in point: Beaconsfield, QC, operates under a bylaw that doesn't allow its residents to "use drinking water to melt snow or ice on driveways, grounds, patios or sidewalks". In fact, the city only allows the washing of driveways, patios, and sidewalks from April 1st to May 15th.
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You're Not Allowed To Let A Dog Sit On The Bus
Calgary dog owners are allowed to bring their best friends onto public transit, but only as long as they're on a leash and sitting on the ground. In fact, dogs are legally forbidden from taking a seat on a a local transit bus because they're apparently "reserved for humans".
You Can't Drag A Dead Horse Down Yonge Street
Due to an old Toronto bylaw, it's absolutely, 100% illegal to drag a dead horse down Yonge Street on Sundays. On the other hand, there's nothing that states it's illegal to do the same activity from Monday to Saturday and nightmares aside, that's probably why the GTA isn't the country's capital.