Stop honouring the dead

Winnipeg city council wants to curb roadside memorials

It’s great to see that Winnipeg’s city council is tackling the pressing issues of the day. Local politicians are looking to pass a new bylaw that imposes a 120-day limit on roadside memorials—those makeshift piles of flowers, signs and stuffed animals that inevitably gather at the scene of fatal car crashes. City staff originally recommended a 90-day limit, but the council is reportedly leaning toward 120 days. Whether it’s months or four months, the plan still begs the obvious question: what happens if a grieving mother lays a bouquet of roses at the scene of her son’s death a year after the fact? Is a bylaw officer really going to write her a ticket?

Winnipeg Free Press