March 11, 2015

#&!$ no! Taber, Alberta swearing ban includes "yelling and screaming"

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Taber, Alberta -- population around 8,000 -- has not only banned swearing, but "yelling and screaming" are now also against the law in the small community.

Emily Pratt asked some Torontonians if they could live under such a ban.

Some of their answers would get them fined in Taber!

Could you live under a law like that?

Does it violate Charter rights to freedom of speech?

Have your say in the comments!

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commented 2015-03-24 21:41:28 -0400
This is truly a mixed issue. Taber’s ban on swearing and yelling has a lot of pro’s and con’s. Swearing, while not a good thing in principle, is something we all do, intentionally or not. If you can tell me you’ve never sworn in your life, I’m more likely to believe you’re lying. Yelling can’t really be banned either. If a person is getting raped or attacked, are they to simply shut up and take it? These are just a few examples of why this is so controversial.
commented 2015-03-13 16:38:13 -0400
As one who has fought for, and lost friends in the process, freedom of speech etc, I have no problem with the swearing bylaw. Freedom of speech implies the right to publicly express political, religious, social or other opinion. It does not imply freedom to abuse others, verbally or otherwise, while exercising that right.

That said, allowing ordinary citizens to punch the foul mouthed savages in the nose (one solid punch, no retaliation allowed) with no fear of repercussions would save valuable police time an fix the problem.

Ironically, many of the same idiots who want the freedom to swear in front of my three year old tend to be the same illiterate buffoons who think murdering Jihadis are just ‘misunderstood’.
commented 2015-03-13 01:12:40 -0400
Are they going to ban children?
commented 2015-03-12 23:30:10 -0400
What was happening in Taber to result in a law against that?
commented 2015-03-12 16:18:56 -0400
People in canada have no respect for others anymore. I say hats off to Taber, who wants to listen to a bunch of rude people yelling and swearing. That type of behavior only shows the low standards of the ones doing it. My one neighbor is a wifebeating substance abuser, I get to listen to him yelling swearing and beating on her, my other neighbor, his friend, is gang related, the both of them feel free to walk thru MY yard, 3 feet from my windows whenever they please, but you know what will happen if I complain. JD
commented 2015-03-12 12:40:07 -0400
It is never easy to listen to people using swear words and vulgarity to express themselves. It is a sign of lack of culture, limited vocabulary or attitudes with many anti-social elements. I wish town council luck, because I believe their time could be better used in other civic business items.
commented 2015-03-12 08:56:44 -0400
It’s a Mormon community folks! Hutterites no different here. Heck they live just like the Amish – no swearing, photos, etc. The corn is their claim tt fame although I prefer Ontario and BC peaches & cream myself :).
commented 2015-03-12 07:06:31 -0400
If it’s not an early April Fools joke, it’s not fucking funny !!
commented 2015-03-12 04:11:30 -0400
More business for the lawyer’s to strike this crap down.
commented 2015-03-12 03:12:17 -0400
My guess is that my brother is going to have to move… out of Taber.
commented 2015-03-12 02:08:24 -0400
I lived in Bermuda for 4 years and they have swearing laws there. I my experience there, it was a much more pleasant place due to the lack of profanity on the street. In the pub, some people would swear a little but not on the street. I only saw 1 person get arrested for swearing but to be honest he was swearing up a storm and when some constables asked him to stop he started directing insults at his mother and was given a final warning before being cuffed. I would hope the enforcement in Taber is along the same lines and is just to bring some civility where it may be out of control.
I have serious doubts that a person diagnosed with Tourettes or Autism would be fined or targeted, that is just goofy.
commented 2015-03-11 21:56:09 -0400
Be kinda hard on the disabled with some forms of autism and/or Tourettes. So yeah, maybe it does violate the Charter right to not suffer discrimination based on mental/physical disability.
commented 2015-03-11 21:56:08 -0400
I just moved to Calgary. Will be doing some sight-seeing now that the spring and summer are almost here.

Will not be paying a visit to Taber.
commented 2015-03-11 21:54:42 -0400
The guy at the end was hysterical! :)