Mr. Ban? Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

- October 20th, 2012

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City Hall may be looking at another ban soon thanks to Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker.

Councillors on the licensing committee, led by De Baeremaeker, voted to have staff take a look at banning hookah bars (story here).

It would be the latest in a string of bans that have come from (surprisingly) Mayor Rob Ford’s City Hall. Despite Ford’s staunch small government approach, this is a city council that has banned plastic bags, shark fin soup and pet shops from selling cats or dogs from puppy mills.

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Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker jokes around with Mayor Rob Ford on his first day in office as Mayor of Toronto (Toronto Sun files).

In his speech to the licensing committee Friday, De Baeremaeker (who helped champion the puppy mill crackdown and the shark fin ban)  told his council colleagues it is part of their role as legislators to “change the law and ask for things to be banned” even if staff tell them not to do it.

“I have to say our council has a very good track record of doing the right thing in spite of staff recommendations telling us to be very, very, very, superly over cautious,” he said.

“I look at some of my proudest moments on council and those moments on council have been when I ignored staff advice and said, ‘You know, darn-it, we are going to ban this crap and let them take us to court because we’ll have that legal battle.’”

De Baeremaeker also hinted Friday he favours a ban on energy drinks.

“There are folks working on that issue at the federal level,” De Baeremaeker said, adding he’s not ready to get city council to clip Red Bull’s wings (along with other energy drinks) just yet.

“But yes, if I had my way, I would be banning energy drinks in the City of Toronto,” he added.

I pointed out to De Baeremaeker that he’s starting to become “the ban guy” at City Hall.

“I think in terms of banning things we should ban things that are very harmful to people – this is the role of government,” he said.

An avid cyclist, De Baeremaeker says he also supports government making bike helmets mandatory for all riders, similar to seat-belt legislation for those riding in a car.

“People on the bike helmets say, ‘You shouldn’t protect people from their own stupidity.’ Actually that’s what government does,” he said. “(Government) says to you, you can’t get in a car and drive 130 km/h in front of a school zone with little children there, we force you to slow down.

“We force you to wear a seat-belt, we may force you to wear a helmet when you get on a bike and we may force you not to smoke in enclosed spaces if we think it is going to increase your risk of cancer.”

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5 comments

  1. Jessica says:

    He is just doing what he is told by the globalists, implementing the United Nations’ Agenda 21. Welcome to the Sustainable Development nightmare, this is just the beginning folks.

  2. unknown_man says:

    I hope the rest of the voters who believe in freedom of choice kick out all politicians like Glenn DeBaeremaker. I know that I will be campaigning against him in the next election even if I don’t trust the opposition 100%.

  3. Wilma says:

    Wow……we finally have a “Mr. Banner”, or better yet known as “Mr. Glenn De Baeremaeker”, perhaps he can also enable Councillor’s ban of income to 50 per cent less and 50 per cent less on their pension. Perhaps then we will have funds for “infrastructure” in the City of Toronto. Could this be why there is very little allotted to keep infrastructure in good repair?
    And speaking of “Globalists” on all three levels of Government; Municipal, Provincial and Federal, who
    are members of the Global List”? There must me a “list” somewhere, where is the list?

  4. Ron Knifton says:

    Perhaps next he can make the wearing of sunscreen on exposed skin mandatory to protect against skin cancer. After that, he can set his sights on banning fast food restaurants from proximity to schools. Maybe he can work on a ban against matches and lighters in the city of Toronto to prevent people from lighting cigarettes. He can institute a quota of how much alcohol can be purchased each year per citizen. Glenn DeBanner is just getting warmed up! I would rather drink, smoke and eat myself to an early grave than live under a regime led by these smug, elitist, pompous prigs.

  5. Harry Lowe says:

    1984 has finally arrived even if it took 18 years. The nanny state has arrived and freedom of choice is limited to your voting habits at least for now.

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