October 20th, 2019

Canada’s laws aren’t working like they used to

By Letter to the Editor on July 5, 2019.

I am 70 years old and born and raised in Saskatchewan. When I was young, houses were not locked. In the back of a half-ton, you could leave your tools, chain, tires and jack-alls. Back window racks would hold rifles and shotguns. Bikes and toys left in the yard were not taken.

Nothing is safe anymore. Now if you try to stop a thief from stealing your possessions, you may be charged. Crime costs taxpayers money directly and indirectly. Some examples of direct cost are illegal immigration, paying known terrorists up to $10.5 million, security guards in stores and at public events, Narcan kits and needles used by illegal drug users (diabetics have to buy their own needles). Examples of indirect costs are increased lighting, security systems at homes and businesses, escalating insurance costs, increased costs at stores to make up for theft and increased police presence.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s 1982 Constitutional Act: Bill of Rights and Freedoms changed the legal system. It put the rights of the individual above the rights of society. Now the criminal often has more rights than the victim. Our system of justice is not perfect, but is probably one of the better world legal systems. Our government is quick to criticize legal systems of other countries. When you go to another country, you have to follow their laws and regulations. We expect foreign visitors to follow our laws. For example, Americans transporting their guns from Washington to Alaska are expected by border security to strictly comply with our gun laws.

When I was young, there seemed to be very few rules, laws and regulations, but if you did something wrong you really got your butt kicked. Today, there are 10 times more laws and regulations, but nobody follows them. Certain special groups (pipeline protesters) are allowed to break the rules and laws. Disrespect for the laws goes to the highest office. Justin Trudeau said an injustice had been done after the Gerald Stanley trial.

There needs to be more respect for police, teachers, parental authority and legal authority. If you do something wrong, you should accept the consequences. In other words, if you do the crime, you should be willing to do the time.

Gord Dykstra

North Battleford, Sask.

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21 Responses to “Canada’s laws aren’t working like they used to”

  1. Fedup Conservative says:

    Police in Edmonton tell us that since marijuana was legalized break and enters have tripled with guys stealing everything they can to make money for buying their pot. In other words the government won’\t be making money from selling it they will be having to add a lot more to policing. Which is what people said would happen in the long run.

    • Clem says:

      Effedup Conservative,,, your Reefer Madness is showing.

      • Seth Anthony says:

        FC said:

        Police in Edmonton tell us that since marijuana was legalized break and enters have tripled with guys stealing everything they can to make money for buying their pot.

        The question then begs, how did they buy pot before it was legalized? How did the legalization of pot make them start robbing people?

        In addition, do you have a source article for your statement, or is this YET ANOTHER one of your “someone told me” statements?

        • Clem says:

          Heard it from a friend of a friend of the cousin of the guy who works at the convenience stores wife.

  2. biff says:

    wow – out come the dust mites. i am so scared now. whatever happened the good old days, eh? when women were owned by men, and gays were tossed in jail…or, further back, when people were burned as witches…or less far back, when idiots shot buffalo just for the fun of it…or when a person was crippled by a criminal record for choosing to smoke pot – which hurt no one else, if the person using at all for that matter … or when a woman bled to death for choosing to exercise a right to her body to seek what was an illegal abortion…and worse still, when the stupidity and ignorance and misinformation spouted by the writer and fed up’s contribution here were taken by many to be indisputable truths.
    and, dear writer, the 1982 Constitutional Act: Bill of Rights and Freedoms has enshrined inalienable rights for people – that is a fundamentally great thing; the problem we have had since is the increasingly and frequently narrow interpretations by our supreme court of duffers, which tend too much to toe along political lines rather than protect people from the creep of the creepy state.

  3. Fedup Conservative says:

    Well guys with a lot more people willing to try it , now that it’s legal, and not having the money to do so they are now stealing to get the money, but apparently you never thought of that.

    • Seth Anthony says:

      So I take it that means that you don’t have any actual evidence that, “since marijuana was legalized break and enters have tripled with guys stealing everything they can to make money for buying their pot”.

      It’s logical to conclude that with legalization, some people are going to try it for the first time. It’s also logical to conclude that those type of people have no need to “steal money”, as they would be the working class.

      EDIT: I just found a study which confirms my assertions:

  4. Fedup Conservative says:

    Of course you would never think to ask a police officer what he thought, would you?. My kids went to school with six of the police officers in Edmonton. One of them hunts and fishes with my son and I on a regular basis. I have had coffee with some retired ones , RCMP and City Police, each morning over the past 19 years.

    Here are some facts for you that you might want to read: “More than 240 break-ins to homes and vehicles in Edmonton”

    “Garage break and enters on the rise in Regina”

    Friends and relatives living on farms have been experiencing huge increases over the years and I’m sure you will be experiencing it also shortly, so take caution. As you have pointed out things are not like they use to be when we didn’t bother to lock our doors. In my old neighborhood where I grew up in Edmonton, they even have bars on their basement windows now.

    • Seth Anthony says:

      The rise in the crimes you speak of is due to the higher number of opioid addicts, not pot decriminalization.

  5. Fedup Conservative says:

    So Seth where is your proof of that? In my world every reformed heroin drug addict I have ever heard speak has told us, and we heard six of them speak to our high school students and their parents, that it all started with cigarettes, went to marijuana and then to cocaine and then heroin. Where were you when Rob Ford, former mayor of Toronto, told us on national TV. that with him it was cigarettes, marijuana and he got caught when he was using cocaine? I’m betting heroin or opiods would have been next for him..

  6. Pecker says:

    Lol Fedup your stuck in a room filled with garter snakes and rattle snakes as the rattle snakes bite you blame the garter snakes. The rise in crime started before weed was legalized. I know at least 100 long term weed smokers none have gone on to harder drugs. I have had many chances to try harder drugs but my inner voice or what ever you want to call it tells me that the risks are to great.I think the people who do hard drugs get a different message from their inner voice I can’t figure out why that is but I know it has nothing to do with weed.

  7. Seth Anthony says:


    Thanks for the interaction.

    Unfortunately, I find your position so misguided that I have no desire to continue the conversation.


    Ya, just about the worst thing a pot smoker does is forget what they just said. When it really gets bad though, look out! They fall asleep! lol

  8. Steve Bottrell says:

    Ah, those rose colored glasses.

  9. Fedup Conservative says:

    As University Professors have pointed out over the years “These people are cowards. They aren’t man enough to handle the truth so they ignore the facts. It’s so easy to do. Sadly they take all of us with them , and many of them are the ones who pay for their stupidity in the long run”.

  10. biff says:

    like reo speedwagon used to say (although they sucked) “i heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard heard it from another…”
    much better refrain is, “don’t bogart that joint, my friend, pass it over to me”
    and, like my friend the former politician, dick wadd, used to say, come to think of it, he used to say whatever he was told to say; then simple trusting folk used to echo whatever dick wadd used to say as though it was gospel.
    btw – given the price of pot, which is well lower now than it was to consume in the 1980s, let alone accounting for inflation which would make it ridiculously cheaper to enjoy today, anyone stealing for pot is also stealing to eat and use public transportation.
    moreover, if pot was a gateway, and given that at least 10-20 % of the population has been using pot for decades already, would we not have massive heroin addictions numbers? instead, we have a relative few….wait a second, wait a second! i am feeling a need to get heroin. off to the sis, where i won’t get a real opium product, but i will find a batch of big pharm poison.

  11. biff says:

    yeah, seth, it is inevitable. it IS the gateway drug. not only that, the last time i smoked, i banged on the piano maniacally while popping my eyebrows up and down, and then i ran to jump out of the window. i only broke nose, and that was because i didn’t realise i was in the basement. 🙂

  12. Seth Anthony says:


    A lot of artists and musicians claim their best work was accomplished while they were high.

    I guess REO didn’t get the memo!

  13. Dennis Bremner says:

    Of course it never occurred to anyone that the thief, that was caught stealing that stated he was stealing to buy MJ did so because MJ is legal, and he did not want to say that he was stealing (Crime #1) because he needed another hit of heroine(Crime #2) which is illegal? lol

  14. biff says:

    agreed dennis – except that it would not likely be heroin (which i am not comfortable with because it is refined away from the natural source, opium) but the far more toxic and addictive fake “opioid” made by big pharm.