October 15, 2018

Ford went wrong way on motorcycle helmet exemption for Sikhs only

David MenziesMission Specialist

Since taking office in June, the Ford PCs have been faithfully living up to their campaign promises, but before keeping their vow to make it legal for Sikhs to ride motorcycles without wearing a helmet, they should have modified it to make it fair to all.

This is a case where religious considerations have been allowed to trump personal safety, something normally quashed by the courts.

Now, in Ontario and a few other provinces, a helmet exemption applies to Sikhs based on political as opposed to legal reasons.

But there was a much simpler way around this to begin with and that would be for Ontario to make helmet use optional for ALL motorcyclists!

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commented 2018-10-16 22:05:31 -0400
Well making it optional for everyone is never going to happen, so it’s ridiculous to even talk about.
commented 2018-10-16 20:02:32 -0400
With regard to letting helmets be optional and the comment that it would be a mistake, which was, “You are just asking for trouble by doing that. There are people who have already been killed ignoring the laws.”

Darwin’s law. Survival of the fittest and smartest and all. If you don’t care if your skull cracks like an egg on the road, why should I. Just make any insurance coverage null and void if a helmet wasn’t worn in an accident involving death or a head injury. Make the gene pool strong again!

Doug Ford rocks, but like any politician there is always the potential for being bullied by the rot in his party. Maybe this was his idea, I don’t know, but either way it is a stupid idea, and opens the door to religious accommodations from an ideology I want nothing to do with in Canada. Like I said, I think this has very little to do with Sikhs or helmets.
commented 2018-10-16 14:14:16 -0400
Paul McCullough,

You are just asking for trouble by doing that. There are people who have already been killed ignoring the laws.
commented 2018-10-16 13:10:22 -0400
- Just make them optional for all.
commented 2018-10-16 11:40:21 -0400
KEITH BARNES commented: “Of all the VC’s handed out, during WW2, for extreme bravery, the Sikhs won the most. They are a People worthy of respect.”

Source Please
commented 2018-10-16 11:31:18 -0400
It’s interesting how easily people here can flip their view of Doug Ford. One minute he’s the savior of Canada and should be PM, the next he’s lost a lot of support for doing this and people are questioning if they would vote for him again.
commented 2018-10-16 09:23:01 -0400
It just sets a precedent for the Islam theocracy to get away with over riding Canadian laws in the name of religion. Big mistake. We are already being successfully silenced,quelled and subjugated. Some of us anyway (ALL Canadian media, and our political system especially) why not over ride our laws too. Hell, why not completely disrespect the country once and for all and change everything proud, patriot Canadian. There are people who come here for what Canada has to offer, not to change it. What the hell is all this bloody accommodation. Suicide. Canadian law for ALL Canadians, only Canadian law. We don’t rewrite laws to accommodate newcomers.

I read that Sikhs just have to cover their hair, they could and do just wear a scarf under their helmets. As Karan Singh says, the turban is NOT even a religious requirement. In my opinion, Ford is just being primed for Islam. This isn’t even about Sikhs. This is about Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood ‘silent’ partner who Justin has joined with to “destroy our Canadian culture” and take over OUR country.

“…as we see this horror show unfold before us.”

“Nationalism is OK, especially for a country like Canada!”

Stupid , stupid, gullible, morally vain Canadians. All that virtue signalling is about to bite us all in the ass. I damn the cowards who are ushering this in, either by their acts or by their omissions.

I love patriots.
I hate Islam.
I hate apologists for Islam.
I love apostates. This isn’t about turbans.
commented 2018-10-16 07:26:58 -0400
As a biker of many many years I have a problem with a politician letting a very small group of people forgo a helmet for so called “religious reasons” while the majority of bikers are obliged to continue wearing one. I was under the impression we are all equal under the law. Apparently not!……. Is this an attempt to gain East Indian votes or support???

NOTE: I do support wearing a helmet and I hope Doug Ford changes his mind on this issue.

I lost a lot of respect for Doug Ford when he pulled this dumb stunt. And I hope he never pulls another dumb stunt or he’s off my voting list.
commented 2018-10-16 03:07:30 -0400
Thanks for stating the obvious Stephen E…. Having formerly worked for Canada’s largest auto/motorcycle insurer in Canada for 15 years – ICBC in British Columbia – I can attest to the inevitable scenario of more riders being exempt from wearing helmets costing taxpayers more… There is nothing that costs the taxpayer more in the long run than brain injured riders kept on life support… Motorcyclists as a group are already sarcastically known as “organ donors” in the insurance industry for their vulnerability vis-a-vis the other vehicles on our roadways… Letting anybody opt out of wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle – for whatever reason – is sheer madness, and industry actuarial statistics are sure to reflect that in Ontario in the coming months and years… Sorry Mr. Ford; but you got this one wrong…
commented 2018-10-16 00:44:07 -0400
Of all the VC’s handed out, during WW2, for extreme bravery, the Sikhs won the most. They are a People worthy of respect.
commented 2018-10-15 23:28:33 -0400
If a Sikh is in an accident and cracks his skull, who will be picking up the medicare bill? Taxpayers. Who would be paying disability and for nursing care if he doesn’t fully recover? Taxpayers.

Of course the outcry will be that the government doesn’t care about Sikhs and allows then to drive dangerously. The big evil government should have protected them from themselves.

The turban is traditional; its not required religious wear. The kirpan is banned in most schools, yet Sikh students attend; the kirpan is required religious wear.

Years ago the RCMP allowed turbans in lieu of the traditional police cap. Now there is hajab wear, which, no matter what is said, raises the risk level to female officers. The hajib is not religious wear, its traditional wear in some areas. Claiming it is religiously required is a blatant lie.

When you move to another culture, you take on the traditions and laws of that country. You don’t impose your traditions on everyone else.
commented 2018-10-15 22:54:05 -0400
Maybe Sikhs will change their minds after a few die from head trauma which could have been avoided. People are stubborn and have to learn the hard way. Let’s also hope the Sikhs who pushed this law get flack from their members for relatives who died due to not wearing a helmit.
commented 2018-10-15 22:49:25 -0400
It amazing the kinds of things that outrage people. I personally couldn’t care less about this. They have made their bed If they die due to not wearing a helmet.
commented 2018-10-15 20:50:11 -0400
Good. Hope it unravels in the wind and gets caught in the spokes
commented 2018-10-15 19:26:32 -0400
I can already see the rebel being first on the scene after a turban wearing motor cyclist gets into an accident.
commented 2018-10-15 19:03:15 -0400
I will stand to be corrected on this but I was under the impression that Sikhs as part of their religion, never cut their hair. If this is the case, then I think that it would be kind of hard to bundle up all that hair inside a Crash Helmet.
commented 2018-10-15 19:01:15 -0400
Jill and John Ward, one incident does not a pattern make. Hopefully he does not do this type of pandering to a specific group any more. I guess we will have to wait and see.
commented 2018-10-15 18:57:44 -0400
As I’ve posted several times on The Rebel and again posted under different thread today:
Here, let me once again repeat myself for the benefit of rebel readers who doesn’t know that: sikh turban is NOT a religious requirement. There are only 5 K’s, articles of faith for khalsa (baptised sikhs) 1. boxer style underwear (kuchh), 2. steel bracelet (kara), 3. small dagger (kirpan), 4. wooden comb (kangha) and 5. unshorn hairs (kes).
I’ve seen the NDP leader jagmeet singh competing in jujitsu fight without his ‘TURBAN’ and his Kirpan (small dagger), I’ve his picture (without turban) from that event. If sikhs can forgo their non-mandatory turban (and kirpan) for a private event then why not obey the laws of the country of their adoption?
We Canadians are being taken for fools. We are being betrayed by our politicians, they are a part of globalists who wants to destroy Canadian culture.
commented 2018-10-15 17:45:17 -0400
oh GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! He is now going left for votes and support!!!!
We are DONE! The bullies/tyrants/terrorists/islamists /blm and all the rest of the left/political brainwashed have won the battle as was their agenda.
If Ford is doing this is signals he is after the Sikh vote/support and so on down the sewer we actual Canadians- especially we white, born of the founding fathers as we have no country, rights, freedoms, and soon money, homes or anything else while the only thing we will receive besides the middle finger is the bills to pay for them all!
commented 2018-10-15 17:36:45 -0400
Sikhs could wear a patka under their helmet and this would completely satisfy their religious requirements. But unfortunately that solution does not buy any votes.
Prediction, everybody’s insurance premiums will rise, not just helmetless motorcyclists. Because, well, we wouldn’t want any human rights complaints now, would we?

commented 2018-10-15 17:06:57 -0400
Ford shouldn’t have done this. There should be one rule of law for everyone!
commented 2018-10-15 16:50:35 -0400
I like what Ford has been doing so far BUT this I do not support and see it as pandering to a small group while getting rid of safety measures put into place for everyones protection. I hope others take this to court and fight it either way, either its for all or for none. Im tired of the pandering to religions, its enough already.