So I have started this page where I will post the worst examples of "government creep" as I stumble upon them. The ones I am interested are the one that are almost moronic in nature and show just how the much government truly needs to regulate our lives.
Tuesday, April 9, 2012
Bagpipes are the order of the day, not infrastructure for Vancouver's Engineering Department
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Recently the the city's engineering department banned bagpipes and percussion instruments from Vancouver streets. Why? Apparently the "powers that be" determined that bagpipes and other percussion instruments create too much noise in the city. However, guitars and other instruments are deemed to produce noise at levels that are more appropriate. Now, as someone who has spent a good portion of his life in Vancouver I can attest to the fact that on many a busy street you would need canine quality hearing to even discern a set of bagpipes from the general racket that takes place.
Fortunately not all those in power agree with the ban. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson who has Scottish heritage and actually wore a kilt to his inauguration last December has made it clear that city council does not expect to support the ban, which is now under review. “The clans won’t stand for it!” Robertson joked when he was informed of the bagpipe ban . “I’ve asked city staff to review this issue.
This is good, maybe once they get past this nonsense the engineering department can get back to fixing roads and water-mains, you know the "mundane tasks" or maybe even determining what a Scotsman really wears under his kilt.