You're confusing trespassing laws, privacy laws, etc. When you're on private property, then no, you would not be allowed to take pix without the owner's permission. On a public road? Yes, you're allowed, with the exception of commercial use that was stipulated above.CSAgent wrote: ↑Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in Canada.
Anyway, article C-46 of the Canadian Criminal Code from the Department of Justice Canada (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C-46/):
This ontario regulation disallows trespassing. You can not take photos on someone else's property unless the owner has permitted you to (if challenged, you must prove they permitted you in court). If you are permitted on the property, you must leave immediately if asked by the owner. You must also obey signs (no entrance, no trespassing, etc).
Without signage, the following should be assumed no-trespass:
any other land under cultivation
anywhere with trees planted that average less than 2 meters in height
anywhere that is built in a way that it implies intention of keeping people off the premises, or keeping animals on the premises (ie: fences) This is in relation to the cows...that the nutbar woman was claiming you were taking photos of.
With that in mind, you can enter any property that provides notice that certain activities are permitted, or implies permission to approach a door (for approaching the door only, of course).
If you are taking photographs in a mall, or some other privately-owned-but-open-to-the-public property, or have private security guards (movie theatres, art gallery stores, museums, electronics store, restaurants, etc.), they can essentially make up any policy or rules they want. There are no law with regards to this, you don't have to do what they say. However, they can simply ask you to leave... if you don't, you are trespassing on their property. They can also ban you from the property, in which case, if you come back, you're trespassing.
There isn't an official law for photographing privately owned animals on non-commercial private property...yet. Until then, keep in mind some people do not like their private property whether it be physical property of property of materials, or of animals to be photographed.
My nick doesn't mean I'm happy any more than yours means you're a sex machine.