Musings —12.21.2015 07:53 AM—
Groups that oppose corporal punishment of children have spent many years urging successive governments in Ottawa to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code that permits parents and teachers to use reasonable force to correct the behaviour of youngsters in their care.”
This is a watercooler story: notwithstanding anything else that average folks are supposed to be talking about, this is a story they will be talking about.
The police and the Crown always have discretion to determine what charges should be laid, when, and against whom. In the past, they seemingly have had the tools to deal with this issue – see here and here.
So, will this change result in some of your neighbours – some of your family members, or even you – being hauled before a judge? Or will folks be okay with it? Or will no one notice the change at all?
Interesting times. Someone is going to get spanked, to be sure, but not the acting-up five-year-old anymore.