Are you looking for some funny laws in Canada? These laws cover a range of topics from squawking loudly to challenging a person to a duel. You may also be interested in knowing how the law applies to pets, and in some cases, you may even be able to get away with breaking some of these laws. You may even have to sell your stove or pet rats to get around these laws! But before you laugh out loud, you must know a few things about them.
It’s against the law to squawk loudly
In Canada, it is illegal to squawk loudly in public, and you could get fined for it. The Canadian Criminal Code even includes a section against’scaring the Queen’. This law can be traced back to the UK’s 1842 Treason Act, a reaction to a British man pointing a gun at Queen Victoria. In Fredericktown, New Brunswick, it is also illegal to keep reptiles in public, unless they are in a glass jar.
It’s against the law to challenge or provoke another person to fight a duel
While it’s still illegal to challenge or provoke another person to a duel in Canada, the Liberal government recently announced it’s considering legalizing the sport. The law was amended to remove outdated and redundant provisions of the Criminal Code. Dueling is now illegal in Canada, and the law was amended to prevent more people from getting involved. The new version of the law is not in effect yet, but the Liberal government plans to implement the changes over the next few years.
It’s against the law to have pet rats
A family from Vancouver brought a pet rat from Vancouver to Calgary. After realizing that it’s illegal to own a pet rat in Alberta, the family was prepared to turn Matilda in. But once they learned that pet rats are a type of rodent, the family was not prepared for the backlash that came in their wake. Despite the fact that the law states that rats are not allowed in Alberta, the small animal rescue society in British Columbia has received requests for shelter for the rat.
It’s against the law to sell a stove
It’s against the law to sell unauthorized wood-burning stoves in Canada. The Canadian government has passed laws that make it illegal to sell stoves on Wednesdays, and a 1947 law made it illegal to sell them within city limits. This ban was repealed nearly 40 years later. In the United States, the EPA mandates that certified stoves cannot be sold past 2020. This regulation is specific to the USA, however, and industry stakeholders are working with the EPA to clarify that this law only applies in the US.
It’s against the law to sell non-prescription lenses
The legal battle between optometrists and online retailers is far from over. A judge in Ontario has recently issued an injunction banning the sale of prescription eyewear and corrective lenses. Despite the ruling, the ban has been temporarily suspended while the appeal process begins. The petition is being backed by Canadians for Eyewear Choice, an advocacy group that promotes access to affordable eyewear.