June 10, 2017

Nanny state puts the squeeze on kids’ lemonade stand profits

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

You have to know government has grown too big when kids can’t even set up a lemonade stand without applying for a permit and making a contractual agreement to sign away part of their profits.

Last summer, the Andrews sisters aged five and seven, saw an opportunity to make some money for summer camp by setting up a lemonade stand along a busy cycling roadway closed to motor vehicles one day a week for cyclists in what’s called Sunday Bikedays.

This event is under the discretion of the National Capital Commission, a crown corporation that oversees federal lands and buildings in Ottawa and Gatineau. According to accounts, a citizen first lodged a complaint about the young ladies, but the official complaint came from the organizer of the weekly Bikeday event.

In a decision that stunned the nation, officials shut the girls down because they didn’t have a permit.

The NCC’s response to public backlash was to set up a website encouraging kids to attend a “free” workshop – with “free” meaning taxpayer funded of course.

In the end, the NCC did waive the permit fees, but leave it to the government to make official rules for five year olds who want to set up a lemonade stand on a hot, sunny day.

A three page contract on the site shows that not only are kids required to have a permit, but they must also sign off on eight general conditions including one to have signs in both English and French. Additional stipulations require they report their income to the NCC and that 7% of their earnings be given to a charity.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking the solution is for kids to simply move their lemonade stands off federal lands and set up on their own private property. City bylaws also require a permit whether on private or public lands with costs that can range up to almost $800 for a yearly permit.

When it comes to government overreach, nobody escapes the nanny state - not even your kids.

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commented 2017-06-11 17:53:35 -0400
Connie Lynn said..
“The government in Canada is good in many ways, benefiting the poor and helpless. It’s had a hand in making our country the best in the world”
You must mean one of our governments because you certainly could mean present one. We haven’t had a government for the people..since the 60s in this country.
We’ve had a few governments that we could tolerate and unfortunately the younger people at that time thought they were good or even great… Then as now I’m sure some people think our present government is great.
too much government in this country too much bureaucracy and too much control in every day people’s lives.!
commented 2017-06-11 17:38:13 -0400
The government in Canada is good in many ways, benefiting the poor and helpless. It’s had a hand in making our country the best in the world. However, that doesn’t mean things are moving in the right direction today, because they’re not. I miss Stephen Harper so much as I watch the Trudeau government weaken our country, cause embarrassment, creep (more like steamroll) increasingly through our lives – which were fine before, thank you very much. What a difference the country of our childhoods was then to our country of today. The Left is a destroyer of freedom, is violent, is fascist, etc. It took the bubonic plague to free the serfs of yesteryear and open up the free market. Now here we are again, bound and gagged.
commented 2017-06-11 12:17:53 -0400
@ Andrew Mirlach – Very true. The Kleptocratic state is expanding the grey and black markets as people learn to survive under crushing taxation and restriction of trade.
commented 2017-06-11 03:34:53 -0400
I wonder what would happen if the kids refuse to give seven percent of their earnings to charity. Would the government go and arrest the kids? Would the kids get dragged into court or be investigated by the CRA?
commented 2017-06-10 23:54:05 -0400
A glaring sign post of the kleptocratic state is shaking down citizens who cannot even vote on the statutes used to plunder their productivity.
commented 2017-06-10 22:21:36 -0400
Maybe they could donate the money so more of freeloaders can go to the next climate conference .
commented 2017-06-10 20:51:14 -0400
No doubt the charity is also government approved. Probably something like the Pride Parade or something equally liberating.
commented 2017-06-10 20:49:29 -0400
You are right, Peter. We are choosing to shuffle off the mortal coil of our society.

“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
Matthew 6:23
commented 2017-06-10 19:32:51 -0400
A phrase Canadian Mongrel said caught my eye. " … as the west slides to oblivion… "

My perception is that the west is being intentionally pushed into oblivion. Less passive, more active.
commented 2017-06-10 19:25:38 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 5 hours ago
“Wait, so you’re arguing that if a kid’s running it, it should be exempt from red tape?

Hmm, so if “my kids” open a restaurant, they don’t need a license or to pay taxes?"

Andrew, thank your the text book example of the third pillar of leftiedom. For the sake of the whole class I will review them in their entirety now:
1. They refuse to learn fro their mistakes.
2. They refuse to learn from the mistakes of others
3. (this is Andrews personal example) They refuse to exercise discernment.

Can any one in class tells how Andrew so wonderfully exemplifies this third pillar?
commented 2017-06-10 19:19:33 -0400
Daryl Herman, they won’t throw the little girls in jail, I think instead the parents will be charged, fined and shamed in public for allowing their children to sell lemonade without the “appropriate permit, signed contract and designated charity they are expected to support”. This is how insane things have gotten.
To the people who complained about the pint sized entrepreneurs, you are shameless and can take your fake outrage to Starbucks and order a latte.
commented 2017-06-10 18:18:05 -0400
A Hunter commented 41 mins ago
This is tyrannical! Ignore the government and put up your lemonade stand anyway. Screw them.

What are the adult bullies gonna do? Throw the little girls into jail?
Yet the same bureaucrazies won’t pay any attention to those who enslaves little girls into marriage or sex slavery, or FGM! TruDopian rapefugees have exemptions from being civilized entrepreneurs. No permits are required by this “special” species of sub-humans.
commented 2017-06-10 17:30:50 -0400
This is tyrannical! Ignore the government and put up your lemonade stand anyway. Screw them.
commented 2017-06-10 17:24:22 -0400
A bunch of civil servants on bikes bitched and complained about 2 kids selling lemonade on “their” (public funded) street, on “their” day? Imagine my shock. Sign on the beach near my parents house, “No dogs allowed”. Try and swing a dead cat without hitting a rule screeching, environment preaching, asshole civil servant walking their canine shit factory, good luck. And yes, my parents are rich enough to live among civil servants, no small feat for the private sector these days, let me tell you. Cayenne pepper works great for keeping the little bitches off your lawn, BTW.
commented 2017-06-10 17:16:17 -0400
Deborah Graupner commented 19 mins ago
“They certainly don’t want to encourage any budding entrepreneurs. This teaches them to work under the table, and avoid paying the government taxes.”

Deborah, I think that is the best lesson they can if they want to be entrepreneurs as the west slides to oblivion…to become a part of the underground economy.
commented 2017-06-10 16:51:37 -0400
They certainly don’t want to encourage any budding entrepreneurs. This teaches them to work under the table, and avoid paying the government taxes.
commented 2017-06-10 16:14:11 -0400
Andrew Stephensen aka Gordo Steele, the only restaurant you would be capable of teaching your kids how to run would consist of pizza pops, bottled water (used bottles from the ditch filled with tap water) and a microwave; and even at that you would take a loss, then appeal to the government teat your are so famous for suckling on, for a bailout because hard working Canadians, young and old, owe you a living… You are still the most pathetic lying waste of skin to disgrace this earth.
commented 2017-06-10 16:05:07 -0400
Maurice, Andrew Stephenson is a woman, and continually behaves like a contrarian. That makes her an asshole in my book.
commented 2017-06-10 16:02:25 -0400
This is how purely evil and corrupt bureaucracy becomes, left to it’s own devices. As it grows, feeding on itself, it seeks to rationalize its own existence. And if Andrew Stevenson actually believes his own spewing bile, then he’s a complete nincompoop. But I don’t think he actually believes what he says. I think he just enjoys being an asshole.
commented 2017-06-10 15:51:28 -0400
Andrew Stephenson, you mean you let your kids live!? I’m shocked, I thought with your attitude toward no limits abortions, you would have terminated their existence before taking a breath and becoming human in your eyes. Do wonders ever cease!?

As others have said, you’re a socialist idiot!
commented 2017-06-10 15:44:35 -0400
Maybe if this “degenerate” government would concern themselves into making sure all these rapefugees could speak English – their useless asses would be more constructive!

Yes, Andrew you are an idiot!! A Bolsheviki idiot at that.
commented 2017-06-10 15:40:28 -0400
Two Children are told that they must have signs on their Lemonade Stand, in both official languages. Arabic and French?
commented 2017-06-10 15:35:02 -0400
Andrew, you are an idiot.
commented 2017-06-10 14:54:47 -0400
This is the future for our children and grandchildren if too many people keep voting for socialist politicians.
commented 2017-06-10 14:47:40 -0400
Andrew Stevenson… You could suck the joy out of a glorious summers day..
Your argument is so pathetic as there is such a difference between the restaurant requiring food permits and other things compared to a simple lemonade stand that I used to run when I was a kid in between cutting lawns for extra money..
You remind me of the bullies who used to try to extort money from me and my free enterprise made successful play hard work while people like you lived off the profits of extortion.
commented 2017-06-10 14:09:39 -0400
Wait, so you’re arguing that if a kid’s running it, it should be exempt from red tape?

Hmm, so if “my kids” open a restaurant, they don’t need a license or to pay taxes?
commented 2017-06-10 13:25:50 -0400
Melanie Jolie can add this her resume – “Minister of Killjoy!”
commented 2017-06-10 13:14:10 -0400
Is it even legal for the government to draw up contracts for minors; and impose language laws!?
This “free” workshop is another example of the government elbowing their way into the lives of Canadians – Kids already know how to run a lemonade stand, they probably don’t know the finer points of socialism and I would like to keep it that way! Issuing permits to children is over the top ridiculous…
Bureaucrats can’t leave anything alone! Next, the children will have to start filing tax returns and contributing to CPP.
commented 2017-06-10 13:08:53 -0400
The socialist nanny state is in full bloom.