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REGULATED OCCUPATIONS   113

been replaced now by The Ontario Temperance Act, women might not be employed in bar-rooms, or in the sale of intoxicating liquors, while the presence of children in such places was prohibited entirely.

Under The Children's Protection Act, as we shat presently see, the employment of children in street trades is only tolerated within certain hours and at a limited age.

The Act, however, which is of special interest to women is The Factory, Shop and Office Building Act. The original Factory Act of 1884 was founded, of course, upon English legislation, which preceded it by many years. In 1888, The Ontario Shops Regulation Act was passed, which dealt with the employment of children, young girls and women in shops and provided for what are known as "early closing by-laws", under which upon a petition, sufficiently signed, being presented the municipal council might by a by-law order the closing of shops of any particular class or classes at seven o'clock on other nights than Saturday night, to remain closed until five o'clock in the morning of the next day.


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