Wet Blanket Statements

A noise bylaw is under review as reported in a September 12th pice by the Error Banner here:

I particularly like where it reads "little known" bylaw.

It took a citizen approaching council in Open Forum of the July 16th meeting of council to point out the absurdity of this bylaw. You can watch at the 11:57 mark on the Robbers recording here: http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=69&sid=3186&gid=116274

The noise bylaw referred to is 4787-06P dating back to 2006. Section 4.2 can be found on page 3 of the bylaw here:

Amplified equipment is also mentioned on page 4 of bylaw 4752-05.P here:

14. Except in accordance with the municipality’s noise by-law and unless authorized by permit, no person shall operate loud speakers or amplifying equipment in any park or public place.

As it was pointed out by the citizen who brought this forward a cellphone is an amplified device making such a general statement in the bylaw unenforceable.

Blanket bylaws have been in the news back in July when Florida accidentaly banned computers and smartphones by using language that read "any machine or device or system or network of devices" that can be used in connection with games of chance. You can read more about the Florida Legislature’s facepalm here:

Back in 1966 a bylaw regarding loitering caught the attention of the Mayor at the time. You can read that story on pg 8 of the August 26th 2003 edition of the Auroran here: http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?wpfb_dl=78

And last, but certainly not least is the council resolution made by the 2006-2010 term of council to carry out "any and all means" leading to the municipality engaging in an illegal SLAPP lawsuit against 3 Aurora families. The fact that 2 current councilors responsible for voting for such a motion tried to excuse themselves from the lawsuit by stating they had no idea there would be such an outcome only reinforces the need for tighter direction.

Like all other laws, bylaws can be more of a hindrance when they are wishy-washy.

To be effective they need to be revised on a regular basis and it would be nice if that was done by council and staff and not left up to the citizens at large.


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