"right to face your accuser"
I was told, by a by-law enforcement officer and the chief of licensing in Mississauga Jamie Swinton, that by-law tickets need a complaint, some one has to complain, which means a by-law officer or a cop can't just hand you a noise ticket, some one has to register a noise complaint about you, THEN they will investigate.Bitzz, that's kind of what I figured, but I couldn't find it explicitly referred to in a quick search. My concern when I was looking for it was related to bylaw stuff....
... and in Mississauga the "noise" by-law say the noise has to be loud and PERSISTENT. Driving by once with a loud exhaust is not persistent.
Some one complains, by-law investigates and sees you are in contravention of a by-law and you get charged, so that way the by-law officer is your accuser, not the neighbour that you KNOW called by-law on you, but you still have to live next door to them... AND this procedure means you aren't getting charged by-law offenses when the only problem is your neighbour has a stick up their ass about you and yours and likes to complain.
Guess who used to have a neighbour that liked to complain....
So if that is true these by-law noise tickets they're handing out for loud exhaust aren't worth the paper they're written on.
Also "By-law" does NOT give the police or a by-law enforcement officer the right to pull you over, that right is defined in the HTA. No where does it say you can be pulled over for a by-law infraction
By-law officers ARE peace officers, as are dog catchers and some public health nurses, so they do have arrest powers.