March 26, 2016

“Care Bears” on Saskatoon City Council propose anti-bullying bylaw. What could go wrong?

David MenziesMission Specialist
 

Can you imagine a municipal bylaw that would prevent gossiping, or rumour-mongering? Enter the “Polite Police” at Saskatoon City Council who recently proposed an anti-bullying bylaw that would make Saskatoon a kinder, gentler place . . . or else!

Only thugs are indifferent to bullying but the devil is in the details as we see in the proposed Saskatoon bylaw. It would apply to schools, public places like parks and shopping malls and defines bullying as any unprovoked, repeated and inappropriate comment or action intended to cause harm, fear or distress.

This includes things like name-calling, gossiping, and rumour-mongering. Fines would range from $300 all the way up to $2,500 for repeat offenders who habitually engage in this sort of ostracizing behaviour.

Could the tacit strategy be to prevent Saskatoonians from speaking ill of their nut-bar city councillors? What better way to silence the unwashed masses than to impose a “revenue tool” to curtail valid criticism? Politicians and bureaucrats have feelings too, you know!

It’s not difficult to imagine the absurd situations that might arise with this bylaw in place as people call the Saskatoon Bully Police to claim they’ve been “ostracized”.

Immense and justifiable public backlash has sent the proposal back for review with even some city councillors voicing concerns about the bylaw itself along with questions about how it would actually be enforced.

It goes without saying that no reasonable person should tolerate bullying. Likewise, no reasonable person should support Orwellian legislation that would effectively curtail freedom of speech.

We already have libel and slander laws on the books. And if an act of bullying is physical, then one should call 9-1-1.

In the meantime, life goes on hopefully without any paternalistic social engineering via the wannabe Care Bears on Saskatoon City Council.

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commented 2016-03-28 15:14:33 -0400
So which Councillors in Saskatoon support this bylaw?

I live in Saskatoon and had never heard of it before. I checked the CBC story that was featured in the video, and the 2 Councillors who spoke out against the bylaw in the CBC story were a Liberal (Zach Jefferies) And an even further left (Charlie Clark). So if two leftist city Councillors thought the bylaw was dumb, who were the ones who thought it was a good idea.

I feel this article was just a bunch of clickbait, no one seems to support this bylaw, at least no city Councillors. So I wouldn’t call them care bears. At the very worst they brought forward something their constituents wanted them to. You know like a democracy?
commented 2016-03-26 21:12:55 -0400
What if the police or the city government is bullying citizens? It won’t be long before everyone is running around and reporting people for farting or looking at somebody the wrong way. Ok everybody, just stay home and you won’t get into any trouble.
commented 2016-03-26 16:30:57 -0400
I wonder who determines what bullying is? I bet someone very one sided.
commented 2016-03-26 14:21:00 -0400
Other Provinces, if they have not already done so, will follow suit. Mind control, to protect Trudeau’s Foot Soldiers namely Muslim Scum.

They have thought police in the UK, plain clothed officers who will go and sit in a public place, like a Caf’e or Bar, and record peoples conversations. If they hear you say something bad you will be charged with Thought Crime, having bad thoughts and expressing them verbally.

They do it this way because otherwise it would involve freedom of speech, which the authorities prefer to stay away from. Restricting freedom of speech is a bit to draconian and would arouse public objections.
commented 2016-03-26 13:02:06 -0400
This council must be made up of all X university proffs.
commented 2016-03-26 12:16:53 -0400
Man the left really have to stop trying to make themselves feel good. Maybe they should all start trying to gain some sort of trust in their own thought patterns.

The left have things like;
No lose sport (everyone is a winner)
No person left behind, (even if the person isn’t capable they still get moved forward)
We have the peace keepers. ( now just picture 20 million peace keepers standing in front of Hilter or Stalin, They would be wiped right out)
Then they are discussing climate change (when the average right thinking human is worring about things that cause harm to society, the left thinks about the weather)
The left keep saying we are racists (when in fact they are the racists, they keep saying things like white privilege, and slavery)
They ask for free spaces (this is a place that is formed in schools and that the people on the right can discuss the matters at hand, now if these are discussed out of the area, the left can attack the speaker and have that speaker kicked out of the schools)

Now this crap.

We as a society are completely screwed, the ones in the world that want to cause harm to North America and Europe will have this all completed before I die.

THIS IS FOR SURE.
commented 2016-03-26 11:49:57 -0400
This would be when politicians and comedians end up in the same jail cell.
commented 2016-03-26 11:25:06 -0400
T certainly does seem like an April Fools joke.
commented 2016-03-26 11:20:12 -0400
News Flash from Hollywood:
The Lyrics to the well known song “Standing on the Corner, Watching All the Girls Go By” performed by The Four Lads, Dean Martin and many others has been adjusted to read:
“Brother, (in Saskatoon) you CAN go to jail
For what you’re thinking
Or for the woo look in your eye
Even if
You’re only standing on the corner
Watching all the girls
Watching all the girls
Watching all the girls
Go by”
commented 2016-03-26 10:29:01 -0400
Six more sleeps ‘till April Fools’ Day…
commented 2016-03-26 10:19:00 -0400
This is when the Citizens of Saskatoon should toss out their City Counsellors including the Mayor, Police, staff and/or anyone else who has wasted time on this work detail. How ridiculous.
commented 2016-03-26 10:13:25 -0400
just keep pushing .
good luck… you’ll need it.