"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "THREE BLIND MICE GOT THEIR TAILS CUT OFF": 

I am not sure why our host thinks that the truck sign is out of place. The road is a fairly busy route from Yonge St to Bathurst St. I use it often. If I am getting a coffee at a drive thru on Yonge Street but I have to get to highway 400, what are my options? 

1. Yonge to King Road... drive through Oakridges at 60km/h
2. Backtrack to Wellington and take over to 400
3. Cut across Henderson to Bathurst!!  

Trucks started to do it.. so they put up the sign. Nothing out of place here... move on. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 24 August 2016 at 15:55


The comment compels me to make some assumptions. 
The writer drives a truck. 
From various non-options presented, using Henderson to reach Bathurst is his only option. 
Despite that he thinks a sign banning trucks on Henderson Drive is sensible.
He doesn't see an issue. 

"Nothing out of place here...move on." he says.

I had actually moved on but his logic escapes me.

The first challenge  is authority to tell a trucker who has paid all Ontario taxes and permit fees to drive  on Ontario public rights-of-way,he can't.

Second is significance of the sign. It's a truck with a red line through it. 

No bylaw is cited. No indication of a bylaw. 

Police enforce traffic laws. No-one  else has authority to interfere with a citizen's right to go about his lawful business. 

A sworn officer has authority and responsibility to exercise judgement in the matter. 

No small consideration has to be validity of a charge for an offense.

A sign ,with an illustration , above a caution sign with an illustration,carries no weight in law. 

No bylaw is cited. No area designated . No penalty for the offense.

The crux of the matter is....the sign will not likely be enforced. 

It's all ballyhoo...the currency of our times. 

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