Let Common Sense Prevail!

In the past number of days, common sense appears to have flown out the window, as municipalities in various parts of Canada have been slapping up by-law signs, forbidding residents to participate in the activity of tobogganing.

What’s that you say?  

I know what you’re thinking.  Isn’t Canada that amazing free-thinking country where people embrace winter & bask in the glory of winter sports?  Ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, & yes, the ever dangerous sport of tobogganing.

Strike the last one from the list!

Children & adults alike are no longer permitted to experience the sheer joy one feels from flying down a snow filled hill, at least not without the fear of having big fat fine slapped to their sled!

Gone are the days where children of all ages suit up in the cold of winter, bravely risking life & limb to take to the hills for a little fun.  Outside. Breathing in the fresh air.  Exerting themselves as they excitedly resolve to climb the hill for one more run.

Not on our phones, not in front of our televisions.  Just honest to goodness old-fashioned fun shared together with family & good friends.

Can tobogganing be dangerous?  Absolutely.

Have people been hurt while engaging in this fun sport?  Of course.

I don’t wish to diminish the severity of a head injury or the concern that one can get hurt while participating in activity that requires some good sound judgement, but why are we passing bylaws that take away our children’s right to play?

Is the best course of action to raise future generations believing that living in a bubble is the best solution to the problem?

I, for one, think this is absolutely ridiculous.


Our backs are to the camera in order to protect the innocent!

Call me reckless & wild, but as recent as this past weekend, you could find me & my rebellious group of friends careening down a hill, on a little blue plastic saucer, practically peeing our pants from laughing so hard!

For those few precious moments, standing under the moonlit night, we remembered how much fun it was to be a kid!

I dare to ask if generations to come will experience that same nostalgic feeling?

I can only hope that common sense will prevail.



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11 Responses to Let Common Sense Prevail!

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    It will be interesting to see where this ends Lynn. I understand there are approved hills in Calgary. Who knew?

    • Lynn says:

      It will be interesting to see whether the by-laws are enforced Sue. My understanding is that this stemmed from a lawsuit, thus prompting municipalities to enforce no toboganning by-laws on many public hills.

      While I understand the dangers of toboganning, I do not think this is the answer to the problem.

  2. joannesisco says:

    Hear! Hear!

    The real issue is that you can’t legislate common sense … not to mention that sometimes shit just happens. While it’s true that staying home watching TV is safe, it sure doesn’t guarantee a long and healthy life!

    • Lynn says:

      Joanne, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Sometimes I feel like we are robbing children of the freedom to play & explore. This issue definitely got under my skin!

      • joannesisco says:

        I know the feeling. I see so many parents who think they need to oversee their child every waking moment instead of allowing the child to learn to play on their own and exercise their own imagination.

  3. We are becoming a nanny society that’s for sure. What happened to monkey bars, lawn darts, and sand at the bottom of a slide? Great post.

  4. pieterk515 says:

    Dear reckless and wild… Maybe if you called the activity something that normal people could pronounce properly of wouldn’t be prohibited. It sounds like an age restricted activity to me…

    • Lynn says:

      Hahahahaha! We Canadians are just like that Pieter! We like to make up our own words just to confuse everyone else on the planet. We also like to spell things differently just to piss people off. Like honour vs honor or recognise vs recognize. We are a complicated bunch!

      Thanks for the smile!

  5. LB says:

    Those *^#* law suits! They are the bane of America and I’m sorry to hear that Canada, the country we all admire, is making decisions based on the actions of a few.
    Fingers crossed for commonsense!

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