Ezra Levant writes about the “backyard BBQ bust” that should embarrass every Canadian. (Of course, property rights aren’t protected in our Charter, so this kind of bullying is permissible…)
…the officer charged Peter’s parents with running an illegal “commercial conference centre,” which carries a fine of up to $50,000. The officer, a burly, tattooed, six-foot-something man, told Peter’s mom to “be very careful.”
She burst into tears.
I phoned that bylaw officer to ask him about the Jaworskis. I found a man on a mission, boasting to me that his next step would be to take down the street sign for the family’s small bed and breakfast.
He was particularly pleased that he could do that without issuing a summons, or even receiving a complaint. When he sensed my sympathy for the Jaworskis, he hung up on me.
The Jaworski family has dealt with bigger bullies before.
They were democracy activists who fled communist Poland in 1984. Unlike in Poland, they’ll have a free press and fair courts to help them now.
But freedom isn’t free; their fight against red tape bullies will likely cost them just as much as the $50,000 fine would.
Here’s my suggestion to all of you:
Apply for a job as a Bylaw Officer for the municipality of Clarington.
Be sure to mention how many tattoos you have, any history of animal torture and arson, and your score on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist.
Tell them you’re applying because you read about how Clarington employees get to harrass harmless local taxpayers like the Jaworski family, and you’d like to take part in these Gestapo adventures, too!
Municipality of Clarington
40 Temperance Street
Fax: (905) 623-0608
Telephone Inquiries: 905-623-3379 Extension 258
Mayor Jim Abernethy
Patti Barrie, in charge of bylaw enforcement