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Sonic Death Monkey
14-11-2006, 11:19 PM
Loitering, fighting, spitting, urinating and defecating in public will be illegal in Calgary starting on New Year's Eve, if city council gets its way.

A new bylaw on public behaviour passed first and second readings Monday, with four aldermen voting against it, and was sent to city lawyers for review. Council is expected to pass it into law later this year.

Those caught breaking the rules, which also ban showing knives in public, would face a fine worth between $50 and $300.

"You have to set the groundwork of expectations mutual expectations in order to be able to work well together, live well together," said Ald. Madeline King, who represents part of Calgary's inner city.

Ald. Bob Hawkesworth opposed the bylaw, calling it both unnecessary and unenforceable.

"It may look good to the public, that may be the reason to do it, but certainly there is plenty of reason within the Criminal Code to address this issue," said Hawkesworth, whose ward is in the city's northeast. "You don't need to address it here."

When the idea of a public behaviour bylaw was raised in July, police said they would use the bylaw with discretion enforcing it among habitual offenders and in special circumstance, such as policing the Red Mile, where thousands celebrate along 17th Avenue during hockey playoffs
Before a similar law is done in Edmonton, the enforcement issue needs to be addressed. While I am disgusted by people using our streets as a spitoon, is this a viable solution?

RichardS
15-11-2006, 09:25 AM
Like curfews, without clear language it becomes subjective and unenforcable. There are already plenty of laws on the books to deal with most behaviours...enforce those.

Brendan
15-11-2006, 01:20 PM
Agreed


I'd hate to see Edmonton turn into some police state... lord knows most of our police are corrupt enough as it is...