March 18th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 11
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Corn Capital of Canada’s
bylaw controversy
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
A group of citizens is calling for film star Kevin Bacon to defend their right to play music, stay up late and use foul language as Taber faces a backlash over a controversial bylaw.
The Community Standards Bylaw makes it illegal for teens under 16 to be out at night, penalizes swearing in public and allows authorities to break up gatherings of three or more people.
It also bans noise, “which disturbs or annoys a person, including any loud outcry, clamour, shouting, movement, music or activity.”
The bylaw includes a $75 fine for spitting in public and a $150 penalty for yelling, screaming or swearing in a public place.
The town's "quiet hours" are between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The bylaw was put in place to "regulate and prohibit certain activities in order to prevent and compel the abatement of noise, nuisances, graffiti and public disturbances, and to provide for a curfew for minors."
In response, a group of Edmontonians are launching a satirical group called Save Us Bacon.
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In a shout-out to the 1984 classic film Footloose, Save Us Bacon wants to raise $100,000 to pay Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon to host a “raucous dance party/protest against an embarrassing, archaic, vaguely worded law passed by an out of touch town-council – held of course just outside Taber. Help us bring a big city kid to a small town who knows he has to win.”
“It’s 2015 and Taber, Alberta is a real place, not the setting of a charming nineteen eighties dance-rock-themed coming of age story,” said the founders of Save Us Bacon. “This is satire but we will do this if the money shows up.”
The group has a Twitter account, released a YouTube video and is appealing for funds over Kickstarter.
Taber’s mayor Henk De Vlieger did not respond to a request for comment before publication.
Footloose is a musical-drama that tells the story of Ren McCormack (Bacon), a Chicago teen who moves to a small town where dancing and rock music have been banned.
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