After hearing time and time again about the daunting epidemic of childhood obesity, you would think every effort would be made to encourage physical activity among young people.
But in Toronto it looks like bulging waistlines take a backseat to bylaws.
According to a report by Metro News, the city is set to crack down on people who leave hockey or basketball nets on or near city streets, hitting up offenders with $90 fines.
So why the sudden interest in the less-than-menacing scourge of sporting equipment?
Blame a neighbourhood Scrooge.
The enforcement blitz has reportedly been sparked by a single complaint from an homeowner in the Lawrence and Avenue Road area whose “Bah, humbug!” threatens to drown out the sound of scurrying sticks and sweaty kids hollering “Car!”
No fines have been doled out yet, Metro reports, but a city official has warned residents to comply or face a fine.