Monday, September 4, 2006

It's labour day

And the government is demanding you stay home and spend some time with your family!

- Labour Day is among eight days of the year when most stores must be closed. Others include Christmas Day, Victoria Day and Canada Day.

- Exempt from the law are book or magazine stores under 2,400 square feet with a maximum of three employees, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, flower shops and gas stations.

- Minimum fines for individuals opening on prohibited days are $500 for a first offence, $2,000 for a second and $5,000 for a third or more.

- Retail outlets can be fined up to $50,000 or the day's gross sales, whichever is greater.
The laws do not go far enough! People can still shop online on Labour Day! What an outrage! Consumerism is causing global warming. Ebay and Amazon are evil!
A police officer, if resources permit, is sometimes assigned to patrol for violations of the holiday retailing law, said Const. Amanda Pfeffer of the London police.

"It's always complaint-driven," Pfeffer said.

"The act is in place and many businesses follow the rules. It's unfair for those that follow the rules to see those businesses that don't go unpenalized," she said.

[..] In future, municipalities will have the authority to decide which businesses may open on holidays, said [Gordon Smith, a spokesperson for Ontario's Ministry of Government Services].

"They can make the choice based on the need in the community," he said.
Clearly, we need more police to prevent people from deciding for themselves whether they want to purchase a book or a haircut from a willing provider on a costly day off. Preventing Global Warming and Globesity starts with the census. If it's not good for the community, it is not good for you. Municipalities are part of the global village and so should not be allowed to pass legislation that might corrupt other municipalities. It is the Global Union that should decide what the community rations shall be.

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1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

You don't get it do you? It's called Labour Day. It's the day that government sets aside to honour labourers - by forbidding them to work.