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Five strange laws Canadians may be breaking

Five strange laws

Do you think that you’re a law abiding Canadian?

You’ve never stolen anything, never harmed anyone and you always drive the speed limit. So you must be in the clear.

But have you ever whistled down the streets of Petrolia, Ontario? Have you ever tried to get rid of all that spare change by purchasing an item with all nickels or loonies?

Although it may sound ridiculous, whistling and paying with all change could end up getting you into some trouble with the law in Canada.

Here are some more strange Canadian laws that you never knew:

It is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft in Canada. According to 365 of the Criminal Code, any person who pretends to exercise any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, etc. is guilty of a punishable offense on summary conviction.


It is illegal to challenge someone to a duel or accept an invitation to a duel. According to 71 of the Criminal Code, “everyone who challenges or attempts to provoke another person to fight a duel, attempts to provoke a person to challenge another person to fight a duel, or accepts a challenge to fight a duel, is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”


It is illegal to steal oysters anywhere in Canada. There is a section in the Criminal Code of Canada dedicated to the theft of oysters.  It states that if there are oyster beds or fisheries that are on somebody’s property, the oysters belong to the person who owns the property.  Therefore, taking the oysters is considered oyster theft. 


In Halifax, Nova Scotia taxi drivers cannot wear a t-shirt while working. The Halifax Regional Municipality Bylaws for Taxis and Limousines states in number 42 a) that drivers must wear shoes and socks, keep their attire clean and neat at all times and they absolutely cannot wear a t-shirt.


It is against the law to swear in a public park in Ontario. According to 608-3 of the Criminal Code, there is to be no violent, threatening, profane or abusive language from a person in any park in Ontario. 


By: Julia Colavecchia