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- n. Alternative spelling of bylaw.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A local or subordinate law; a private law or regulation made by a corporation for its own government.
- n. A law that is less important than a general law or constitutional provision, and subsidiary to it; a rule relating to a matter of detail; as, civic societies often adopt a constitution and by-laws for the government of their members. In this sense the word has probably been influenced by by, meaning secondary or aside.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A local law; a law made by a municipality or by a rural community for the regulation of affairs within its authority; an ordinance.
- n. Hence A standing rule of a legislative body, a corporation, or a society, made for the regulation of its internal organization and conduct, and distinguished from a provision of its constitution in being more particular and more readily altered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rule adopted by an organization in order to regulate its own affairs and the behavior of its members
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Of course to do such here would require hiring the man power for by-law enforcement which seems to be a sticking point.
The police violated the by-law, but I doubt whether anybody wrote them a ticket.
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However, we have some neighbours who are rather pedantic about the co-op by-law that says you have to have your cats harnessed.
Following 12 consecutive days where the particulates were above the legal limit, an anti-smog by-law was passed by the mayor of Milan, resulting in a ban of high-polluting vehicles within the city.
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the by-law was in conflict with provincial law:
The terms of the by-law are consistent with the intention to give effect to safety concerns.
However, the city had to repeal the by-law in 1995 after a similar regulation of the City of York was defeated by propane companies.
When the Founders of The Constitution designed it they designed the perfect protection document to the rights of Free Religion, they could have easily placed into the ideologies of Presbyterianism or Quaker by-law, but no they designed it just what it was for Freedom.
I'm sure I'm not the first person to ever think of this and can't help but think that if we had a Lord Mayor who lived up to his officious sounding title a by-law would have been passed years ago mandating a 4 day, 32 hour, Monday - Thursday work week.
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