What happens when your home is no longer your castle? What does it feel like when you, get told that you have no rights on who enters your home or when?
I found out today that in Canada, we do not have any rights to our property. At least the government believes we don’t. In the interest of safety, they have created laws that empower their agents to think they can tell us that they can, without any warrant, to enter our homes.
Now the reason may sound reasonable to some, but the reason does not matter to me. It is the rights they trample over.
Today during a neighborhood association meeting, we had a representative from the fire department. She was quite nice and I had a great respect for that branch. Until today that is. She had been there to represent the local fire department and with a smile, informed us that the Carbon Monoxide detectors had almost been installed in all the homes in my area, except for a few. She then proceeded to inform us that in those homes that they were unable to gain access to, they would ticket the homeowners and basically enter the home, without a warrant to install these Carbon Monoxide detectors/inspect the home.
Of course being who I am, this raised huge red flags to me. Our homes are supposed to be our sanctuaries and no one, should be allowed to enter except in emergency or with a warrant if suspected of a crime.
According to the fire department however, they can and will enter people’s homes if the home owners refuse them entry when they come knocking for the carbon monoxide detectors.
The legal implications for this is huge. The first implication is that you have no say on who enters the home if they are a government agent. The police are supposed to get a warrant to enter someone’s home, but the fire department doesn’t if there is no apparent emergency?
If the fire department can be granted these powers, with no due process, then what else has the Canadian governments created?
Needless to say this made me instantly angry. Here was a government representative, telling us homeowners that we had no say. No authority. Well needless to say that I promptly informed her that no law can decide who enters my home and If they tried I will fight them in court and defend my home from intrusion, because without a warrant, I consider anyone entering my home as a home invader. Uniform or not. She then tried to threaten me with getting a police officer to come in to “explain” the law to me.
This kind of heavy strong arm tactic is the same type that dictatorships use and if you don’t capitulate they throw you in jail or kill you. No cop can enter your home without your permission or a warrant, or unless there is some emergency like a 911 call from inside the home, fire, or break in.
They cannot, ever enter without a warrant. To do so, they would be violating your rights to privacy and your home. Think of all those people who have been victims of a home invasion and imagine the home invaders being the government. The feelings you would feel would be no different. Many people who have experienced this from cops or any government agency have described their feelings after as the same as those who have had a home invasion by criminals. No difference.
Now, someone at the meeting cited that police can enter with just cause, and the answer is a swift no they can’t. They need to get a warrant to enter. If they have “just cause” then they can bring that to a judge, while just cause is not usually enough to get an arrest warrant, it can be enough to justify a warrant to enter someone’s home, but to give any other agencies sweeping powers to enter your home with any due process is a violation of a person’s rights.
We need to stop letting these people get away with this. We need to stop being so passive when it comes to government and law enforcement.
Maybe they are misunderstanding the law? Maybe they have been told by their superiors they can do this and let the lawyers handle any blowback? Who knows, but this is not what living in a free country means.