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Smoking The Government.


I don't loathe smoking as much as I enjoy poking fun at smokers.

Realistically, there has never been a sect of people in modern culture that are seemingly in a constant position to accept good-natured mockery, with the noted exception of people that wear sports jersey's out in public and think they're being fashionable.

So you can imagine my delight when it was announced last winter that Ontario Bars and Restaurants had prohibited the act of smoking on their premises. Not necessarily because - as a frequenter of these establishments - I would be adding years to my life, but because I looked forward to hearing the ensuing arguments against such a by-law.

For the purposes of great comedy, listening to people advocate smoking is right up there with a candidate for the NDP spending money on advertising in Rosedale.

Here is my question: Where the hell was this by-law written? Over drinks at a ripper bar? At an all-inclusive resort in Mexico? Because ever since its inception, establishments like, This Is London have been giving the figurative middle-finger to the Ontario Government and finding laughable loopholes in their by-law.

Saturday night at This Is London a member of our party was - essentially - forced to sign up for a "membership". Seems that This Is London was a "private" club for the evening. Membership was free - how lovely - and it gave everyone at the club the right to smoke like it was their job.

(Just in case anyone was curious, I fully support This Is London and their aptitude for making money. Stupidity should be exploited whenever possible.)

How does this happen? More importantly, are there other loopholes hidden in the laws of this province that I am currently unaware of?

"Son, do you realize that you were going 92 km/h in a school-zone?"

"Yes Officer. Luckily I live in this neighborhood and we have decided to re-adjust the speed limit for its residents to 140 km/h."

"Oh. Well, please try and avoid striking a child. Sorry to have bothered you."

"You should be sorry, not to mention embarrassed."

It just seems completely unbelievable to me that our government could be so shortsighted. When something is announced as a critical piece of legislation, and is later proven to have more faults than your typical offensive set from the Raptors; that just serves to make laughingstocks out of its architects.

If it was so important, it should have been done correctly.

SA


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