Archive for February 11, 2010

February 11, 2010

By Jeff Parkinson

Imagine this scenario. You own a cottage on the lake. You’re living the quiet life and loving it. You spend your days fishing, and your nights gazing at the stars. One day however, your peace is disturbed as some pesky boaters show up in the vicinity of your cottage. It’s an outrage! How dare the public enjoy a public lake! So what do you do? Ask them to leave? Call the cops? Behave like a civilized person and understand that you don’t own the world?

If you’re Victor Nanatakapo of the Big River first nation you pull a gun and start shooting at them. If you’re the judge in this case and you have just convicted him of careless use of a firearm, you give him a discharge and recommend that he meet with the community and police to discuss his concerns.