Five real Canadian laws you won't believe // Fine print

Unusual Canadian laws for your entertainment

By Precedent

On Thursday October 18th, 2007

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  • It is a criminal offence to publish or sell a comic book that depicts the commission of a crime (Section 163(1) of the Criminal Code).
  • Section 71 of the Criminal Code prohibits challenging anyone to a duel.
  • It is treason to attack the Queen, but attacking the prime minister is nothing more than simple assault (Section 46 of the Criminal Code).
  • Witchcraft and sorcery are outlawed under section 365 of the Criminal Code.
  • Section 323 of the Criminal Code makes it a specific criminal offense to steal oysters.

Read the history of these and other unusual laws in the new book Under Arrest by Heenan Blaikie entertainment lawyer Bob Tarantino. Published in September by Dundurn Press.