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17 Loony Canadian Laws

May 22, 2015

Believe it or not, these are real laws, still on the books in the Great White North.

  • Weird Canadian lawsIn Petrolia, Ontario, a law says that anyone who whistles, sings, shouts, yells, or “hoots” will be arrested.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario, it’s illegal to mount anything that makes noise to your bike (with the exception of a bell or a horn).
  • In Quebec, it’s illegal to impersonate a foreigner.
  • In Halifax, Nova Scotia, it’s illegal for taxi drivers to wear T-shirts, and socks must be worn at all times.
  • It’s against the law in Montreal to swear…in French.
  • Snowmen taller than 30 inches are illegal in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • If your parrot talks too loudly in Oak Bay, B.C., you could be fined $100.
  • Selling artificially colored chicks is illegal in Nova Scotia.
  • Purple garage doors are against the law in Kanata, Ontario.
  • Trash bags in St. John’s, Newfoundland, must be at least 1.5 mm thick and hold between 25 and 90 litres.
  • Removing your feet from the pedals when bicycling is illegal in Ottawa.
  • Hunting by flashlight is against the law in Alberta.
  • Chipped or cracked bathtubs are forbidden in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
  • Still on the books in Alberta: Once you’re released from prison, the government is required to give you a handgun, bullets, and a horse…so you can get the heck out of town.
  • Unhinging somebody’s front gate is a crime in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
  • Living inside a streetcar is illegal in Thompson, Manitoba.
  • Any comic books that depict a crime are technically illegal in Canada.

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