Canadian Neighborhood Prohibits Kids From Playing Outside
"A neighbourhood in western Canada has been accused of declaring a “war on fun” after it passed a bylaw banning all outside play from the street, prohibiting children from activities such as chalk drawing, bike riding and hockey," reports Ashifa Kassam.
The Artisan Gardens development, a neighborhood in the municipality of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, has a strata council to manage its roadways. The strata council voted 15-4 as follows:
Any use of a roadway for any purpose other than access to and from strata lots and, where permitted, for parking is prohibited. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, a roadway may not be used for play, including hockey, baseball, basketball, skateboarding, chalk artistry, bicycling or other sports and recreational activities
Joe O'Connor reported that direct quote from the approved bylaw, along with immediate reactions to the decision, in an earlier article, which is linked below.
Vandy Noble, vice president of the strata council, who voted against the bylaw, says bylaw "sprang from a genuine concern for the kids’ safety, but went haywire in its scope and execution," as O'Connor paraphrases it.