Que. court postpones street hockey ruling
Montreal man appeals $75 fine for playing shinny on suburban street
A father from the Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux who is fighting for his family's right to play street hockey will have to wait a while longer for a court decision in his case.
David Sasson is contesting a $75 ticket he received in March for illegally playing shinny on his quiet suburban street with his seven-year-old son, Justin, and a group of friends.
Sasson was in municipal court on Monday, where a judge reserved judgment in the case, pending further investigation of the bylaws of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, which is in the region west of Montreal known as the West Island.
Dollard-des-Ormeaux currently has a bylaw that prohibits playing any game on the street, but it is generally not enforced unless there is a complaint.
When officers issued the ticket to Sasson, they told him a neighbour had complained about the noise.
Sasson said he had no idea which of his neighbours had a problem with the game.
"That's one of the other reasons why I'm looking forward to going to court because I'm assuming the complainant will have to show up," Sasson told CBC News.
He admitted he broke the law but still maintained he did nothing wrong since he was playing on a suburban street.
"We did what every parent and every kid does in Canada, which is play street hockey," said Sasson.
Last spring, hundreds of people signed a petition urging municipal leaders to amend the bylaw.
Sasson said he also has the backing of some councillors.
His next court hearing is later this week.