We're pretty proud to be a Canadian based ethics reporting services provider.
Based in West Vancouver in Beautiful British Columbia, most Vancouverites tend to concentrate on their own corner of the world.
With a milder climate, an ocean and mountains in our back yard, we sometimes forget there's a great expanse of forest, lakes, and endless Tim Hortons between us and the Atlantic.
So, to change things up a bit, have a bit of fun to celebrate Canada Day, and in keeping with the usual ethics and fraud themes, we've found some strange Canadian laws that are still in the books. Some of these had us saying 'Wow, eh? Didn't know that!'
And they may have you blowing the whistle on your neighbours!
Keep your crafty science to yourself. It is illegal to “fraudulently pretend to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration” or to tell fortunes for payment. Dare you to figure out how to word all that in your Code of Ethics!
We take Maple Syrup very seriously. Fraudulent products are not allowed! We have a law that keeps fake maple products off Canadian store shelves. It’s called the Maple Product Regulation and it states, “no person shall market a product in import, export, or inter-provincial trade in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken for a maple product".
Don't be challenging someone to a fight! It is illegal to challenge or be challenged by someone to a duel. This is considered a serious offence that could result in a punishment of up to two years in jail. No recreating the gun fight at the O.K. Corral.
Closer to our home...
We like to promote anti-harassment and anti-abuse to our fellow citizens whether on the job or off. And that goes for the Sasquatch too. It's illegal to kill one in BC. In order to kill one, they have to exist. I knew it!
We also like to promote a safe and productive work environment. So if you own a parrot, and it talks too loud, you could be fined $100 in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island.
In Canada it's illegal to remove a bandaid in public. I'm not making this up! That makes about 98% of the population a criminal because who hasn't done that!
And just for fun because we're proud Canadians...
The name “Canada” comes from the word “Kanata” used by the Iroquois, a native American tribe who lived in Quebec in the 16th century.
An Ontario man invented the Hawaiian pizza. Who knew? And while you're at it, have a beer with your pizza, it's on us - one from the oldest brewery in North America, Molson - established in 1786.
Canada’s longest place name is Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake. We'll let you chew on that one for a bit. Would you like to buy a vowel?
University of Victoria offers a “Science of Batman” course. Seriously. Look it up.
In Canada there are two seasons. Winter and BBQ. Just kidding. Made that up.
"Eh?" - nobody really knows when it entered the Canadian lexicon but it's almost always associated with Canadians.
So, have a great Canada Day, eh?