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Protests for a Slippery Slope

by January 12, 2015 0 comments

Right now, as I type this, the world we live in, is showing it’s unjustness in so many ways. Many people across all nations are protesting for or against those topics which they hold dear. Some are protesting civil rights, others police brutality, in some countries, political unrest, violence against women, kidnapped and murdered children, but in a small town in Ontario, Canada, some people are protesting a sledding (or more colloquially: tobogganing) ban.

It’s still kind of badass, though.

Sunday morning, at a hill in Orangeville, Ontario, families from the community gathered to protest a “No Tobogganing” sign. The sign has now been replaced with a handwritten “Save Tobogganing” sign. Citizens of the town are upset, as they remember being children, who were allowed to sled wherever they pleased; the hill in question, being a famous landmark for the winter activity.

The property was bought by the town, from the local school board. The town was instructed by an insurance company to put up the sign, as a means to prevent liability. The townspeople, understanding the dangers, responded by claiming that they merely want their children the same allowance of winter fun as they had. Liability in mind, many feel that if children are monitored, then there should be no issue.

The town’s mayor was also present at the “sled-in” and says that the ban has never been enforced, and although the town is not insured for it, there’s no by-law which says that tobogganing is banned. He says that he will be addressing the issue at the next town meeting, so as to discuss the liability of the town, and hopefully the ban will be lifted.

[Via CTV News]

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