Calgarians don’t want to behaveTuesday, November 21, 2006 at 9:13 | Posted in Canada, Legal | 2 Comments
Calgary’s City Council passed a public behavior bylaw yesterday. The bylaw stipulates fines between 50 and 300 Canadian dollars for among other things spitting, fighting, carrying a sheath knife, urinating or defenatining in public or putting one’s feet up on public property.
Dozens of citizens were protesting outside the City Hall during the coucil meeting. CBC news reports:
Calgary high school student Blaine Kingcott told CBC News the bylaw should be scrapped because it violates everyone’s rights.
I do not know about that. The outlawed activities sound like something that a well behaving citizen would normally not be doing. Maybe high school students have a different understanding about what is decent behavior and what one should have a right to do.
On a more serious note, though, it has been pointed out that the homeless often have no choice but to use the public space as a bathroom. It would no doubt be discriminating to impose them fines for doing what a person has to do.