Law and Society Changing Values Changing Laws What does it mean? “Law evolves as a result of the changing needs and values of the people.” “Laws and values of a society are interrelated. Values are reflected in laws, and laws reinforce values.” In Nova Scotia, it is against the law… For a person to rollerskate on a roadway, except while crossing on a crosswalk. To have a television or screen in a motor vehicle where it is visible to the driver. To allow sheep to stray in Point Pleasant Park. To pick a flower from a grave in Bridgewater. In Souris, PEI… It used to be illegal to build a snowman more than 30 inches high on a corner lot. In Canada, it is illegal to… Send a telegram threatening a bird. Tell fortunes for a fee. Fraudulently practice conjuration, sorcery, or witchcraft. In Dartmouth, it is illegal… To let a chicken cross the road. Discussion What values are reflected in these laws? What was probably the historical setting in which these laws were written? Do values and laws change rapidly? Why or why not? Brainstorm What laws exist today that reflect our values? For or Against? A vote. The government will no longer regulate the sale or distribution of alcohol. All laws prohibiting horse racing, roulette, blackjack, craps, VLTs and other forms of gambling shall be repealed. The use and sale of marijuana will be decriminalized. The governments will repeal all laws penalizing prostitution. Pornographic materials may be sold and distributed without interference from the law. The government will no longer regulate shopping laws. Range of Values Why is there diversity in our beliefs and values? Journal Pick one topic and respond in a well-written paragraph. Sixteen-year-old Canadian cannot vote, but they must obey the laws of the country, even if they may not agree with them. Is this fair? Explain. In a multicultural country like Canada, how can we be sure to respect a wide range of beliefs and values when it comes to our laws? Describe a situation in the news that you feel reflects an injustice in the legal system. Explain.