Much like any other country, Canada has some old outdated laws that are pretty ridiculous.
And if that was the case for all of these laws, then things would be a little more understandable. But the fact that some of these laws were updated as recently as 2015, makes them all the more insane.
Of course just because these exists doesn't necessarily mean they are enforced.
But that doesn't make them any less stupid.
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It is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft
So just to be clear, the government is technically acknowledging that witchcraft is real. And practicing it is fine, you just can't "pretend" to practice it.
It is illegal to paint a wooden ladder.
I'd love to see the look on the face of the first person who actually got a fine for doing this. I'm trying to think of a logical reason as to why this law would exist and all I could come up with is. It would be harder to tell if an old rickety ladder is too old to use safely.
It is illegal to swear in a public park
Think of the children, won't someone please think of the children! So the next time a dog randomly walks up to you and takes a shit on your shoes, hold your tongue or you'll be paying for more than just a new pair of shoes.
It is illegal to build big snowmen
To be clear you can build snowmen. You just can't build big snowmen. Perhaps someone built a giant snowman and was crushed by it. Or maybe an ancient witch curse (we already established witchcraft is real) brought a snowman to life, so we restrict the size to minimize the threat.
It is illegal to indulge in illegal behavior
It's weird that they actually had to write this one down. It seems like it's a given. But the law clearly states: "No person shall indulge in riotous, boisterous, violent, threatening, or illegal conduct"
It is illegal to create, possess, and sell crime comics
In 1949 Canada banned crime comics out of fear it would encourage illegal behavior. Anyone committing crimes in the comics had to fail or be arrested. They could never be shown succeeding.
It is illegal to play a musical instrument in a park
This is a law we definitely can't have in Quebec. Because although it would make me happy to never have to spend another Tam-Tam Sunday listening to some douchebag playing wonderwall, the tams themselves are instruments so it would be a pretty boring day at the park.
It is illegal to walk around with a snake in public
Where: New Brunswick
At first I was thinking about why this law would be necessary, then I imagined myself sitting on a bus next to someone with snake. I don't think I'd ever be able to relax knowing this demon serpent might randomly decide to eat my face.
It is against the law to climb a tree
Where: Oshawa, Ontario
I actually kind of feel bad for the kids in Oshawa. That is course if anyone actually bothers to obey this law. My only question is, how do they rescue their cats?
It is illegal to challenge someone to a duel
Where: Canada Wide
Dammit! Now how am I supposed to defend my honor? Plus I just bought a brand new leather glove with the sole purpose of slapping it across someone's face and yelling: "I challenge you to a duel".
It is illegal to frighten the Queen
You wonder how many times this happened before someone decided to make a law for it. I can just imagine the cops arresting little prince George, for playing peek-a-boo with his grandmother.
Paying with change
Apparently there are limits to the amount you can pay for in change. For example you can't pay with more than $5 in nickels and you can't pay more than $25 in loonies.
Kids under 15 can't be outside after midnight
At first I was shocked. Then I remembered I wasn't 15 and realized how genius this is. Especially if you're a parent. Suddenly you're not the one giving your kids a curfew, the cops are.