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Seriously? Examples That Ontario, Canada Is TERRIBLE At Passing Laws...

A robust democracy requires elected officals to pass laws that adapt to the modern needs of its citizens. Unfortunately, the Ontario legislature is TERRIBLE at keeping its laws modern, or up to date. These are REAL, and sometimes RIDICULOUS, examples of laws still on the books that have no relevance in today's society.

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1. In the Innkeepers Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.7, under "Lien on horses, etc., and power to sell" it states:


(2) An innkeeper, livery-stable keeper or boarding-stable keeper who has a lien upon a horse, other animal or carriage for the value or price of any food or accommodation supplied, or for care or labour bestowed thereon, has, in addition to all other remedies provided by law, the right, in case the same remains unpaid for two weeks, to sell by public auction the horse, animal or carriage on giving two weeks notice of the intended sale by advertisement in a newspaper published in the municipality in which the inn, livery stable or boarding stable is situate or, in case there is no newspaper published in the municipality, in a newspaper published nearest to the inn, livery stable or boarding stable. R.S.O. 1990, c. I.7, s. 3 (2).

2. In the Aliens’ Real Property Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.18, it states:


Aliens’ powers as to real estate

1. Every alien has the same capacity to take by gift, conveyance, descent, devise, or otherwise, and to hold, possess, enjoy, claim, recover, convey, devise, impart and transmit real estate in Ontario as a natural born or a naturalized subject of Her Majesty. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.18, s. 1.

Descent of real estate of aliens

2. The real estate in Ontario of an alien dying intestate descends and may be transmitted as if it had been the real estate of a natural born or a naturalized subject of Her Majesty. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.18, s. 2.

3. In the Good Samaritan Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 2, under "Reimbursement of expenses", it states:


(3) Reasonable reimbursement that a person receives for expenses that the person reasonably incurs in providing the services described in subsection (2) shall be deemed not to be compensation or reward for the purpose of subsection (1). 2001, c. 2, s. 2 (3).

4. In the Safe Streets Act, 1999, S.O. 1999, c. 8 under "Disposal of certain dangerous things prohibited" it states:


(2) No person shall dispose of any of the following things in an outdoor public place:

1. A used condom.

2. A new or used hypodermic needle or syringe.

3. Broken glass. 1999, c. 8, s. 4 (2).

5. In the Absentees Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.3, it states in part:


Order declaring person no longer absentee

3. Upon application at any time, the court, if satisfied that such person has ceased to be an absentee, may make an order so declaring and superseding, vacating and setting aside the order declaring the person an absentee for all purposes except as to acts or things done in respect of the estate of the absentee while such order was in force. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.3, s. 3.

Administration of estate

4. The court may make an order for the custody, due care and management of the property of an absentee, and a committee may be appointed for that purpose. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.3, s. 4.

6. This one is kind of scary. In the Bridges Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. B.12, under "Protection from liability" it states:


4. No action or other proceeding for damages shall be instituted against the Crown or an employee of the Ministry of Transportation for loss or damages arising from a defect in the design, building, placing, constructing, rebuilding, replacing or altering of a bridge or other structure which is approved under this Act. 1996, c. 33, s. 20.

This means if a bridge fails for ANY reason, you can't sue the government.... Wow!

7. In the Employers and Employees Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.12, under "Warrant for arrest" it states:


(2) Where the justice of the peace before whom a complaint is laid under this section is satisfied that the employer is about to leave Ontario, the justice of the peace may issue a warrant in Form 1, in English or French, for the arrest of the employer. R.S.O. 1990, c. E.12, s. 4 (2).

8. In the Age of Majority and Accountability Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.7, under "Persons under 18 described as minors" it states:


10. A person who has not attained the age of eighteen years may be described as a minor instead of as an infant. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.7, s. 10.

9. In the Apology Act, 2009, S.O. 2009, c. 3 under "Definition" it states:

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“apology” means an expression of sympathy or regret, a statement that a person is sorry or any other words or actions indicating contrition or commiseration, whether or not the words or actions admit fault or liability or imply an admission of fault or liability in connection with the matter to which the words or actions relate. 2009, c. 3, s. 1.

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