Get your margarine out of here!
Few may remember this, but thanks to lobbying by dairy farmers it was illegal to sell butter-coloured margarine in Ontario until 1995. In fact, margarine was altogether banned in Canada from 1886 to 1948. (There was a brief reprieve during the First World War).
You can’t just jump in the lake in Toronto
According to the Toronto Port Authority, you can’t swim anywhere in the harbour that has not been designated as a swimming area by the City of Toronto. So, if you’re out on a boat and want to cool off, keep this in mind. Historically, there was also a law that you couldn’t swim in Toronto Harbour in “less than-seemly” attire. Travel writer Mark Stevens pointed out this bylaw allowed police to ticket skinny dippers when the beach at Hanlon’s Point on the Toronto Islands gained popularity as a nude beach. That bylaw has been updated in recent years, and you can now officially swim in the buff if you are at the nude section of the beach.
Keep your comics clean
Our Spidey Sense just started tingling! The way Canadian law currently stands, “Everyone commits an offence who… (b) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, sells or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation a crime comic.” For the full story read: Under Arrest – Canadian Laws You Won’t Believe by Bob Tarantino.