July 14, 2014 - City Corporations

City Corporations

Most municipalities today are incorporated. Cities like Toronto, Ottawa, London, all of them have incorporated to become their own entities. Below is the Dun and Bradstreet listing for the Corporation of the City of London (www.dnb.ca):


Like every other corporation these Cities too have owners. Who owns the shares to these corporations? Do you have a share, two, or more? Are they publicly traded or privately held?

As with any other corporation only it's employees are obligated to obey it's statutes, codes, and by-laws. Are you an employee of, say, The Corporation of the City of London?

Enforcement of their statutes, codes, and by-laws (hereafter "laws") is the job of their policy enforcers, i.e. police. As employees of the corporation can they hold non-employees accountable to these laws? Only if we consent knowingly or unknowingly—out of our ignorance and/or silence.

Imagine being fined by Widgets Inc. for being out of uniform. So you go to court to say you didn't know of the rule or didn't own a uniform and thought it was unfair. The judge would probably rule in favour of the fine because ignorance is not an excuse. Heck many people would probably pay the fine without going to court.

What if all you needed to do was tell the judge was that you are not an employee of Widgets Inc. and then turn and walk away... 

When this concept is clear, realize that the provinces and Canada are corporations in the same way as are the cities.

You may be considered an "employee" if you perform some function affecting the performance of a corporation such as being a municipal, provincial, or federal elector. Perhaps you will want to let them know that you're not interested in having that job with them any longer. Write them to tell them to take your name off their list.

Know who you are, who you are not, and who you are obligated to obey!

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