Anti-graffiti crackdown bans spray paint sales to minors
Tue, 02 May 2006 11:38:50 EDT
The city of London, Ont., is taking a tough stand on graffiti, banning the sale of markers and spray paint to anyone under the age of 18.
The new bylaw, which was passed on Monday, is reportedly the first of its kind in the country.
"It took some hard work, but we're the first in Canada to do this and I think it's great," said Coun. Bernie MacDonald, who spearheaded the graffiti bylaw.
Police records show that in the last two years in the city, 25 of 42 people arrested for making graffiti were under 18.
As well, 126 people were seen but not caught. And, of them, 92 were minors.
With the bylaw passed, signs will soon be posted in the city warning young people that they need a parent or guardian to buy certain art supplies. MacDonald said the city will try to provide outlets for minors to express themselves creatively and artistically.
But other city councillors say they are worried the new bylaw will leave London open to legal challenges.
"It's ludicrous," Coun. David Winninger told a council meeting on Monday. "It's offensive to the Charter of Rights. It's not reasonable that it can be justified in a free and democratic society."