Did you know it’s illegal to barbecue on a balcony in Côte-Saint-Luc?
Apparently the law isn’t really enforced, and politicians are looking at ways to change it, according to The Chronicle’s Martin Barry (who uses three different spellings for “barbecue”).
What’s interesting about the law is its motivation. It’s not the act of barbecuing on balconies that’s dangerous, it’s taking propane tanks up elevators. So now they’re considering allowing people to take propane tanks up elevators if they’re alone.
If propane tanks on elevators are the problem, why not just restrict propane tanks on elevators?
(There’s also the point that fire truck ladders only go so high — which worries me because even propane-less apartments may need them someday — and that tanks are necessarily stored too close to the building’s doors and windows.)
Even if the laws are meant to stop real dangers, can’t we make them a bit more common-sense?