Municipality’s create bylaws because Canadians love to complain and politicians need to get elected every 4 or so years. It has gotten to the point that there is almost no way your average Canadian can go through the day without violating some bylaw or laws. Here is a suggestion, write your municipality and demand that they reduce the number of bylaws by 15%. If enough people do it, the politicians will pick up on it, because they can be seen to be doing “something” Of course be prepared for the backlash when you pick on someone’s “sacred cow” and be prepared for someone to want to get rid of something you like.
Follow the link to this blog about a couple organizing a party and getting into trouble. Here is a tip for dealing with Bylaw Officers, make them give you a card, write down exactly what they are saying, show it to them and ask them if what you have written is correct. Also record the actions of the officers. Many bylaw officer don’t understand the limits on their powers and breaching them could put them in a difficult position. If they start threatening you, don’t follow the cycle of anger, maintain calm and record details. Have someone tape the interaction. Doing so changes the dynamic. Also don’t start the conversation off with anger, Bylaw officers are human also and a “Good morning, Hello” goes a long way to setting the tone.
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