October 31, 2016

After Burnaby, BC banned traditional Halloween fireworks, this man fought back

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

In some communities, fireworks are as synonymous with Halloween as trick or treating. But this year, residents of Burnaby, BC, won’t be allowed to purchase any. Left wing Mayor Derek Corrigan and council have banned them, even during the Halloween exemption that allows the sale of fireworks around the province for Halloween.

It seems whenever municipal governments have too much time on their hands, they just think of new things to ban, or listen to a loud vocal minority who demand to get their way.

But for every nanny state ninny, there is a freedom fighter:

I rode along with Elias Ishak as he fought the ban in his own way — making fireworks deliveries.

The families and individuals we met all had the same message for Mayor Corrigan and his nanny state city council:

The ban is silly, and we are responsible and deserve the freedom to buy fireworks in our own community for Halloween.

(By the way: Ishak is also an aspiring politician; he's running in the 2017 provincial election as an independent candidate for Burnaby-Deer Lake.)

It was great to see so many residents of Burnaby who support individual freedom and personal responsibility.

But I’ll explain why I don’t think we’ll see the end of municipal nanny state interference like this any time soon.

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commented 2016-11-01 09:36:50 -0400
Jay, why do you work so hard at being a complete dunderhead? Ezra did not say Burnaby has no right to set its own rules. He said the rules they set are stupid and most of the people there think so too.
commented 2016-11-01 09:35:09 -0400
Drew, you are correct. Lefties are heel bent on eliminating anything fun especially if it isn’t government sanctioned. They are truly out to make the country like Narnia under the white witch- always winter but never Christmas.
commented 2016-11-01 02:40:44 -0400
The municipal by-law banned fireworks at Halloween, though most municipalities in B.C. allow them.

At issue is the right of small communities to set their own standards and by-laws.

Ezra Levant has said it straight out: Burnaby, British Columbia, has no right to set its own rules.
commented 2016-10-31 22:24:50 -0400
Why are socialists so Cherophobic? They sure hate anyone having fun or getting enjoyment out of life.
commented 2016-10-31 19:03:12 -0400
Another right bites the dust. This tune is being sung all over the country these days. Start phoning your local, municipal, provincial and federal representatives on a daily basis to let them know that you need their help to wipe your ……….. whatever.
commented 2016-10-31 18:36:53 -0400
I was reading the other day that someone had done a poll somewhere in Canada – probably here in Ontario – that showed 71% of respondents favoured criminalizing “distracted walking”. I’m very skeptical of that result and suspect that the poll was carefully directed to just the right people to ensure that result but what if I’m just too cynical? Imagine 71% of your neighbours agreeing that you should face a fine, possibly a very large one, for walking and texting at the same time. Or walking while using your cellphone. I’m not sure who would enforce such a law and where it would be enforced – just outside on public sidewalks and streets? Or even in malls and private homes? – but it strikes me as truly oppressive to have my freedom that openly limited.

Are some people careless enough to walk right into traffic while texting or talking on their phones? Sure. But is “society” justified in depriving me of my right to text or talk on the phone just to protect a handful (?) of people who are too foolish to watch where they are going? I sure hope not!

There’s a great deal to be said for individual responsibility. I’d like to see everyone take responsibility for their own actions. If someone is stupid enough to walk into traffic (or have some other accident) because they are overly focused on their phone, then let them suffer the consequences, however serious they are. It would go a long way to make people careful because many people would learn from the situation. Within hours, everyone would be talking about it: “Did you hear about that guy that stepped out onto Yonge Street without realizing it because he was texting? He lost a leg and will be in the hospital for months.” I think that would do more to promote less careless behaviour than anything else you could do. Punishing responsible people for the foolishness of others is just wrong.
commented 2016-10-31 18:34:57 -0400
The classic tactics of the National Socialists and Soviet Socialists, gain power and remove the traditions that give comfort to the populace.

Sorry Burnaby, but many of you supported the removal of rights on firearm owners. This is now the next level of control.

We are no longer into fighting to retain rights, we are into the insurgency to regain them. Good job on Mr. Ishak on being one of the leaders.