Expanded smoking laws are doomed to fail

Capital Regional District has to create better enforcement protocol

Passing laws but not enforcing them, as the CRD plans to do regarding smokers, is a strange phenomenon.

It breeds contempt for the law, facilitating bad behaviour by teaching that it carries no consequences. Many people consciously flout the law, a fact ignored by Nancy Falconer (Smoking ban lacks teeth, but that’s not the point, News, Sept. 27), who ignores drunken behaviour in parks and streets.

Enforcement of laws prohibiting secondary suites is complaint-based. But complainers are often motivated by discrimination against the race or beliefs of the neighbour. Similarly, officials and police may use laws to harass certain individuals.

A key reason Canadian society works is because laws are evenly enforced. In contrast, in many countries people are at the mercy of despots and thugs, because even when laws are enforced the action is selective.

I challenge politicians like Barbara Desjardins to justify their approach to law.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP arrests one man after ‘bait’ bike stolen

Police arrest a 58-year-old, male suspect

Don’t stop going to the doctor, just do it virtually: Doctors of BC

Doctors encourage patients to access telephone, online visits

No more ferries will sail from Departure Bay, Mill Bay, Brentwood Bay during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Ferries announces major changes to sailing schedules for 60 days starting Saturday, April 4

Victoria businesses replace boy’s stolen bike

Business owners heard of theft on Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers

VIDEO: UVic Engineering to 3-D print 4,000 face-shields for frontline workers

Team working to ensure Island health care workers have personal protective equipment

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Trudeau commits $100M to help food banks amid COVID-19 crisis

Funds will help ‘urgent food needs’ for Canadians awaiting federal emergency benefits to kick in

Couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas: Cowichan by-law

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

How well can cell phones carry COVID-19? Disinfecting may be wise

‘You want to keep it as clean as you would normally your hands’

3M pushes back on Trump administration call to stop sending N95 masks to Canada

3M says it has already been turning out as many of the N95 masks as possible

Most Read