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Some of the Strangest Laws in Canada

We depend upon the law to maintain order in our disorderly lives. But did you know there are some crazy laws still in effect in Canada today? We were laughing as we researched these zany Canadian laws you never knew existed (maybe you will, too).

1. In Alberta, Electoral Ties are Settled with a Name Drawing

If two candidates in Alberta towns earn exactly the same number of votes, the winner is chosen with a random drawing. An Elections Alberta official places both names in a hat and draws the winner. The candidate whose name is drawn from the hat is considered to have the most votes.

2. Taxi Drivers in Halifax, Nova Scotia are Forbidden to Wear T-shirts.

The Halifax Regional Municipality has a list of bylaws for taxis and limousines, which include standards for dress. The rules state that drivers must wear shoes and socks, keep their clothes neat and tidy, and under no circumstances wear a t-shirt.

3. It is Illegal to Own a Rat in Alberta

For years, Alberta has been working hard to be a rat-free province. For Alberta residents, it is illegal to import, harbour or let rats free into the wild. The provincial government is dedicated to eradicating the pests and periodically fights new populations whenever they emerge.

4. Canadians Cannot Pay with Too Much Change

There is a limit to the number of coins you can use in a single transaction. According to the Currency Act of 1985, you cannot use too many coins to buy things. Since the penny is no longer used in circulation, vendors can refuse a payment of nickels over $5. For loonies, the limit is $25.

5. It is Illegal to Produce a Smell Too Foul in Edmonton, Alberta

Every municipality in the country provides guidelines promoting good neighbourly behaviour, but Edmonton takes consideration to a new extreme. While other laws regulate yard upkeep, snow shovelling frequency and lawn heights, Edmonton punishes the production of offensive odours.

6. Kids Have a Curfew in St. Paul, Alberta

Anyone under the age of 15 must be indoors or under the supervision of a parent or guardian after 12:01 a.m., all the way until 6 a.m. These minors are considered to be loitering in public and police will take them home.

Not all Canadian laws are so zany. Some provide useful purposes: to protect and serve Canadian citizens. Contact us at the Donnell Group for more information about Canadian law and how it can serve you.


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