Iconic symbols of a Canadian summer: an ice cream truck winding through the neighbourhood; a sleek, vintage convertible cruising the boulevard; a lemonade stand manned by kids hoping to make a few extra bucks to buy candy bars or comic books.
Scratch that last one, after a knob of a bylaw enforcement officer in Ottawa took it upon himself to shut down a stand run by Eliza and Adela Andrews, ages seven and five.
The reason for the closure?
Those girls didn’t have the necessary paperwork!
The Ottawa lemonade stand liquidation wasn’t sparked by a complaint. The bylaw officer was “fixing” a problem that didn’t exist and told the kids to shutter their operation or else.
We do have all those public sector salaries, benefits and pensions to pay for and need every penny for THEIR entitlements. But after a tsunami of a backlash on social media condemning the smackdown, the NCC issued an apology, noting:
“Children’s lemonade stands are a time-honoured summer tradition that contribute to a lively capital and the NCC wants to encourage these activities whenever possible.”
Lemonade-Gate might prove to be the best good news story of the year.
I predict when they reopen, customers will flock to support them using the opportunity to give a metaphorical middle finger to the redundant red tape, power-tripping bureaucrats who can make our lives so miserable.
Photo Credit: Amy Gizienski