Tuesday, February 16, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“Half the fishermen we meet out there are committing some kind of offence.”
- Andrew Gustavson  
- on Fish and Wildlife   
enforcement issues   


If all goes as expected in the near future, the Crowsnest Pass will become the latest community in southwestern Alberta to pass a curfew bylaw, restricting the movement of youth within certain late-night hours.
Council's new Governance and Priorities Committee (see story on page 8), consisting of all members of council, met for the first time on Tuesday, February 9, and discussion on a possible curfew bylaw quickly turned toward definite action. Council could begin the process of passing a bylaw as early as their February 16 meeting.
Administration provided information on curfew bylaws in nearby communities, such as Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod. Lundbreck also recently passed a curfew bylaw. CAO Gordon Lundy suggested that curfews from 11:00 p.m. or midnight until 6:00 a.m. were most common in Alberta, and that on average they tend to apply to youth under the age of 16.
Council debated both the age that the curfew should apply to and the type of fine that should be applied to offenders.
Councillor Dean Ward said that he felt the curfew should apply to youth under the age of 17. Councillor Larry Mitchell agreed, noted that the bylaw, if modeled after Pincher Creek's, would exempt anyone who had a valid reason for being out.
Mayor John Irwin said that he would rather see the bylaw only apply to youth under the age of 16. He said that once a young person can drive, the municipality shouldn't be subjecting them to a curfew.
Councillor Gary Taje questioned whether or not the municipality should fine the parents of children caught out after curfew. He said that he felt punishments should be targeted at the youth, and not at the parents.
He asked whether a parent should be considered negligent if it's the child sneaking out when the parent is asleep for the night. He suggested that offending youth could be assigned community service instead of a fine. "It's an issue of who should be punished," he said. "Things happen without parents' consent."
Councillor Ward said that he knew from personal experience that none of the youth would actually do their community service unless council hired someone to enforce and supervise it.
Councillor Cole agreed. "Yes," he said, "the parents should be responsible for their kids."
... See the February 16 issue of the Pass Herald for the full story.
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