South of the Border, Down the USA Way – sung to the tune of ”South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)”
dxm: In an e-mail from a Canadian friend, she used words like ”unlawful protest” and ”unlawful assembly” up-together:
”I read tonight Canada is trying to get a bill passed to outlaw masks at protests. According to the CBC:
Bill C-309 would make it a crime for people rioting or at an unlawful protest to conceal their identities. It’s already illegal to wear a disguise when committing an indictable, or more serious, offence, which includes rioting. Unlawful protests, however, don’t fall under that law because they’re classified as a summary conviction, or less serious, offence.
”Of course, this begs the question what is an “unlawful protest” and who determines this. In the United States now there are protest zones, usually well removed from the buildings or events being protested, in an attempt to marginalize protest. Is the same true in Canada?”
Also from the CBC:
An unlawful assembly is a gathering that causes fear.
”Huh? What committee decides whether a protest is fearful or not? Is there a Canadian fear council?
”Now here is the real kicker.
Last May, MPs on the House justice committee increased the penalty in the bill to 10 years for rioters who conceal their faces and five years for those at an unlawful protest. The maximum sentence for rioting is two years.
”Am I reading this correctly? They are saying you can get five years in jail for wearing a mask at an unlawful protest? Please someone explain where I am wrong here as I must be…”
Full CBC article here.