July 10, 2016

Lemonade-Gate sparks “tsunami of a backlash” against power-tripping bureaucrats

David MenziesMission Specialist
 

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

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commented 2016-07-12 00:26:42 -0400
There is sad bunch all right, wait till revenue Canada goes after them for not declaring their income
commented 2016-07-11 20:12:14 -0400
It is our tax dollars that have paid for those sidewalks. How many of you voted for that moronic by-law? Any normal person with any amount of common sense would not have a problem whatsoever with a childs lemonade stand. Gee, I wonder why society continues toward anarchy.
commented 2016-07-11 10:00:23 -0400
If bylaw enforcement followed the law to a T, all little boys and girls lemonade stands across the Country would be deemed illegal. Take for instance public sidewalks and that little strip of easement where the City sidewalk connects to your garage pad.
This is where discretion plays a role with our authorities administering the law.
It was a dumb move on behalf of the bylaw officer (s) for sure.
commented 2016-07-11 08:54:30 -0400
generally I think the Idea is great. Nothing cute’r than a lemonade stand run by kids, as long as its not in a dangerous spot. the city could help if it sees danger and put up some road cones even a flashing light, caution lemonade stand ahead, reduce speed.
The other day their was this girl at her stand selling water bottles but it was almost on the ramp to the 401. It was cute but dangerous. The ramp from Ritson Rd. in oshawa comes right of a residential area and their is no room for error, several streets going into the road to the 401 and their she was. I waved and her smile sunk, but what was I to do, cause a car crash.
Selling Lemonade is a tricky business. So is selling water bottles out of a cooler. some do it on the main streets. The question is, when is it vending and when is it cute.
commented 2016-07-11 05:57:57 -0400
Another example, of big government and the red tape and the bureaucrats with not much to do. when the important duty of the week is shutting down a lemonade stand , you need a new job . useless functionary .
commented 2016-07-11 05:17:49 -0400
What a prime example of “bureaucrats with a hammer looking for a nail to pound”… I just wonder if they even have a concept of that old traditional value of “shame”???… I do think it’s very much a big city phenomenon however … My neighbour Barry’s two young girls set up a friendly, “Hi You waving!” lemonade stand every week at the bottom of our road here in South Vancouver Island… I dare say that any “turkey” showing up to shut them down would be very quickly nursing a fat lip from a dozen Dads and wishing they had never heard the word “Pink Lemonade”…
commented 2016-07-11 01:20:12 -0400
Seriously what the hell do these people get paid for? They seem to have no actual work to do.
commented 2016-07-10 20:47:54 -0400
How dim can you be? Dare I say that this was most likely another franco on the government dole? Funny how you can get the name of the kids but not the name of the moron who would even consider doing this – what a JackAss.
commented 2016-07-10 20:47:36 -0400
How dim can you be? Dare I say that this was most likely another franco on the government dole? Funny how you can get the name of the kids but not the name of the moron who would even consider doing this – what a JackAss.
commented 2016-07-10 20:46:19 -0400
How dim can you be? Dare I say that this was most likely another franco on the government dole?
commented 2016-07-10 19:36:04 -0400
No standards, no morals, no conscience, all left-winged garbage government bureaucrats, living on our dime and abusing us at every turn. And it’s getting worse, they have so much power and like this evil nutley here in Alberta, THEY REALLY DON’T CARE. EVIL NUTLEY HAD THE NERVE TO BE AT THE CALGARY STAMPEDE PARADE, SHE SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED THERE after she has devastated the oil and gas and coal sector. Wait till she rips every penny we have left in the middle of winter with her regressive, garbage, scammy carbon tax. She will bring us down to our knees and kick us while we are down as well and do it with her super ugly smile. SHE REALLY COULDN’T CARE LESS AND NEITHER HER PARASITE CABINET THAT DON’T KNOW ANYTHING.
commented 2016-07-10 19:05:16 -0400
But everybody thinks the problem was solved – it wasn’t! The NCC’s response, after issuing the “apology” was to immediately create a type of “Special Permit” that enterprisinf kids would have to obtain before they set up similar stands. And you can put your last dollar on it that the permit would include regulations stipulating that all signage would have to be bilingual, and, stands would have to be x number of meters from bike paths, etc.

So, instead of solving the problem of stupid, useless, bureaucracy, a new level has been added.
commented 2016-07-10 18:46:42 -0400
Eventually, these bureau-nazis will be showing up on private property demanding we are not allowed to grow sustainable backyard fruit and vegetable gardens, share food, collect rain in barrels, put up laundry lines, use a fire pit with a grill, or sing in the shower. Yes, soon all us kiddies will have a bedtime curfew. Heaven forbid we think for ourselves and be self-sufficient.
commented 2016-07-10 17:50:38 -0400
Not surprised at the backlash at all. People get upset at the morbid over reach of of sovietized bureaucratic tyranny when it is put in its distilled form and applied to the lowest level of free market enterprisers – likes these kids.

Too bad people don’t get as outraged when the same thing happens on a national level and hyper regulating Trudeau soviet-crats are shutting down Alberta’s wealth engines with the same destructive regulatory zeal.
commented 2016-07-10 13:47:06 -0400
“Getting reelected time and again just goes to show that Canadians really want oppressive laws. "

Well, some do.
commented 2016-07-10 12:28:52 -0400
You asked for it and you got it – bureaucracy. Canadians seem to be in love with regulations and government control of every part of our lives. Don’t blame the bureaucrats but the people who hire and enable them. There is reason why we elect our leaders and it is to govern sensibly or get turfed. Getting reelected time and again just goes to show that Canadians really want oppressive laws.
commented 2016-07-10 12:28:52 -0400
You asked for it and you got it – bureaucracy. Canadians seem to be in love with regulations and government control of every part of our lives. Don’t blame the bureaucrats but the people who hire and enable them. There is reason why we elect our leaders and it is to govern sensibly or get turfed. Getting reelected time and again just goes to show that Canadians really want oppressive laws.
commented 2016-07-10 12:16:04 -0400
The bureaucrats need to learn to make lemonade with their sour lemons…metaphorically, of course.
commented 2016-07-10 12:14:40 -0400
It’s great to see kids practicing and celebrating free enterprise!
commented 2016-07-10 12:14:38 -0400
Someone should have given that bylaw officer a fat lip. Too many of those swaggering power trippers about…
commented 2016-07-10 12:14:10 -0400
Maybe the girls should thank the officer after they make a killing. And what an early age to learn about publicity.