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on May 22, 2015
'You Can't Do That In Canada!', 2000, is a fun compilation comprising laws from so long ago they are no longer in effect, or which are unknown due to obscurity. Some govern scenarios of such specificity, they are hilarious and brushing with them is nearly an impossibility. I don't know what police courses entail but doubt officers know disused laws offhand. Bev Spencer wrote that very few enforce zany or obscure ones. We certainly should prioritize safety and peace.

Many, our average citizens don't know because they belong to a province, city, municipality, or town. One on-going law, Canada wide as a matter of fact, is that: paying out twenty-six cents or more, in pennies, is prohibited! As a cashier and as a customer, I've many a time borne witness to penny purges of copper-laden wallets. No one - banker, cashier, customer included - knew doling out more than twenty-five pennies in unison, was against a law. We were merely concerned about bothering anyone with the time consumption of counting them, when we justified it vis-à-vis the logic: 'Money is money. We might as well use them'.

My hands-down favourites, delighting me with the most laughs; are laws no one repealed and by outrageous technicality, remain in effect. However they have become the epitome of absurdity because today's world creates an impossibility. At the Country Squire Hotel in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan and in Toronto, Ontario Parks: we can't leave a horse without securing them to a hitching post. However in neither place, do any hitching posts exist! What the book lacks is abundant coverage of all provinces. It grew irritating that Bev's primary sources were 'Oak Bay, British Columbia' and 'Kanata, Ontario'. These ditties are a treat for Canadians and foreigners but would be enjoyed better with an equalized representation.
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