Canada’s weirdest laws: it’s illegal for teenagers in Fort Qu’Appelle to walk down the street with their shoelaces untied

Parents have bemoaned their children’s inability to properly tie their shoelaces since they were invented.
Parents have bemoaned their children’s inability to properly tie their shoelaces since they were invented. (Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Attention teenage residents of Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan: if you walk down the street with your shoelaces untied you could get into trouble.

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Apparently an employee at the Fort Times newspaper read in the book, Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader, that the town had a bylaw about forcing teenagers to keep their shoelaces tied.

Curious about whether such a law existed, the Fort Times approached Mayor Ron Osika with the question.

It could very well still be on the books,” replied the mayor, though he did advise the paper that his staff just didn’t have the time to find the archaic law.

If you think Fort Qu’Appelle is the only town with such a strange preoccupation with shoelaces, you’d be wrong. In the city of Portland, Maine it is also illegal to walk down the street with your shoelaces untied.

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Why the need for shoelace laws?

Parents everywhere have bemoaned their children’s inability to properly tie their shoelaces since they were invented.

One blog even called the question: why do our teens refuse to properly tie their shoe laces, “the parenting question of our time”.

There are even websites that explain what techniques and products are available to keep shoelaces from becoming unraveled.

So there you have it: it’s not that hard to keep your shoelaces tied, although your teenager may disagree.

Given that the mayor won’t spare his staff to find out where this law is located in the Fort Qu’Appelle bylaws, the punishment for a teenager walking down the street with untied shoelaces is currently unknown and most likely unenforced.

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