Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dalton Beclowns Himself

I'm pleased to announce that the Clown Uprising will be postponed due to Dalton's backtrack on the issue. The day will come when we take to the streets on our tiny bicycles, though. I promise you that.

Premier Dalton McGuinty says it's up to parents to make sure their kids are safe around entertainers such as clowns.

His comments are in response to calls from a Brampton, Ont., woman who is urging legislation be brought in for such performers.

Linda Beaudoin says anyone working as a children's entertainer should have a criminal-background check and a licence.

She has been pushing for the legislation for more than a decade after she began working as a clown herself and realized nobody checked her background.

The Ottawa-born woman says she was abused as a child. She said she left home at 15 before taking on a variety of jobs, including exotic dancing.

Children's entertainers -- clowns, magicians, Santas and other characters -- can go into family homes and have access to kids, while parents often know very little about them, says Beaudoin.

But McGuinty, who has been accused by government critics as having a "father knows best" outlook, said he had no plans to licence the performers.

"It's not something that we're looking at at the present time but I would encourage parents to use their good judgment when it comes to these kinds of things," McGuinty said.

1 comment:

  1. In the mean time there have been 2 caes of convicted children's entertainers withing a year in Southern Ontario
    Daniel Gyselick a Santa Claus in Barrie convicted of 90,000 images & over 1200 video clips in July 2010
    Randy Miller in Napanee 60,000 images sexual assault of a minor and a mold of a child penis had been performing as a clown for 17 years
    There are many convicted children's entertainers
    Learn more about convicted children's entertainers