In our municipality we have a public safety bylaw, and one part of the bylaw clearly states that, "No person shall engage in panhandling." The definition of panhandling in the bylaw is as follows:
“panhandling” means the personal, verbal, and direct solicitation by a person of gratuitous donations of money, food, or goods of any kind, or the exchange of money, food, or goods, or an unsolicited service for money of any kind from any member of the public, but does not include a solicitation allowed or authorized pursuant to the Charitable Fundraising Act, or any other legislation permitting the solicitation of charitable donations;
I'm trying to discern whether the interpretation of this definition is:
- “panhandling” means the [...] direct solicitation by a person of gratuitous donations of money [...], or the exchange of money [...] from any member of the public...
- “panhandling” means the [...] solicitation [...] of gratuitous donations [...] or the (solicitation of the) exchange of money...
With the way this definition is worded, is it illegal to give to panhandlers when solicited as much as it is for a panhandler to solicit for money? Can someone who gives money to a panhandler be considered to be engaging in panhandling according to this definition?
I asked the local Peace Officer, and he said he's not certain.