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Larry Makinson

Canadian Smoke and Mirrors

  • When the smoke and mirrors go away.
    The original request to remove section 176 did not take place.

    This is the heading for 176
    Obstructing or violence to or arrest of officiating clergyman
    Amendments were made under this heading.

     

    The new:

    13.‍1 Paragraphs

    176(1)‍(a) and (b) of the Act are replaced by the following:

    (a) by threats or force, unlawfully obstructs or prevents or endeavours to obstruct or prevent an officiant from celebrating a religious or spiritual service or performing any other function in connection with their calling, or

    (b) knowing that an officiant is about to perform, is on their way to perform or is returning from the perform­ance of any of the duties or functions mentioned in paragraph (a)

    (i) assaults or offers any violence to them, or

    (ii) arrests them on a civil process, or under the pretence of executing a civil process,

     

    The old: 176

    (1) Every one who

    (a) by threats or force, unlawfully obstructs or prevents or endeavours to obstruct or prevent a clergyman or minister from celebrating divine service or performing any other function in connection with his calling, or

    (b) knowing that a clergyman or minister is about to perform, is on his way to perform or is returning from the performance of any of the duties or functions mentioned in paragraph (a)

    (i) assaults or offers any violence to him, or

    (ii) arrests him on a civil process, or under the pretence of executing a civil process,

    is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

    Marginal note:Disturbing religious worship or certain meetings

    (2) Every one who wilfully disturbs or interrupts an assemblage of persons met for religious worship or for a moral, social or benevolent purpose is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    Marginal note:Idem

    (3) Every one who, at or near a meeting referred to in subsection (2), wilfully does anything that disturbs the order or solemnity of the meeting is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

     

    Heading did not change.

    Definition of clergy
    1 : a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church

    2 : the official or sacerdotal class of a non-Christian religion

    I ask, "With Clergyman left in the heading, did anything change from what it was?".

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  • Gail Dobson likes this
  • Gary V.
    Gary V. ok, makes a little better sense to me now; why not just become a Captain of a ship, or a Justice of the Peace?
    Jan 11
  • John Anderson, CD, CIF Mons ON
    John Anderson, CD, CIF Mons ON Gail, the problem is that Seax is not listed as a recognized religion, per se. The government recognizes the Wiccan Church of Canada, but they are almost exclusively in the Greater Toronto Area. All other Wiccan groups are, at present, unrecognized. I was...  more
  • John Anderson, CD, CIF Mons ON
    John Anderson, CD, CIF Mons ON Gary, as to becoming a ship captain, A) for weddings to be valid, you have to be in international waters, which the Great Lakes do not fall into(they are jointly claimed by both US and Canada, under treaty), and B) You need the money to buy a ship large e...  more
    Jan 12 - 2 like this
  • Gary V.
    Gary V. To me- never married- I believe many people get married for many reasons.... I can tell you why I have not, because I don't like fighting or trying to compromise.... I can compromise, but it is a great challenge to get to that point- just look at the curr...  more
    Mon at 1:21 PM - 1 likes this