Ontario MPP Cheri Di Novo is putting forward a private members' bill to remove all references to the breed specific aspects of the Ontario Dog Owners' Liability Act. I think Ms. Di Novo is very courageous to do this and support her fully.
The Dog Legislation Council of Canada and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada are officially supporting Ms. Di Novo as she puts forth this bill.
PLEASE go to the press conference on Wednesday, November 18th at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Queen's Park building. Let your friends and family know that someone in Queen's Park is standing up for law-abiding dog owners and their unoffending dogs.
IMHO, this law was never about dogs.
It was brought up at a time when the Ontario Liberals' public approval rating was in the crapper.
It was introduced by the former Attorney General Michael Bryant who,
despite his bombast and hyperbole, was unable to pick a "pit bull" from a series of pictures.
It makes law-abiding people into second-class citizens based on the property they own.
It is vague and shoddy, lacking important definitions.
It contains at least one abrogation of citizens' Charter Rights - reverse onus - and other very ugly provisions - allowing the opinion of unqualified individuals as "expert testimony", for example.
It kills dogs for political gain.
Be there. Wednesday, November 18th, 9:30 a.m. in front of Queen's Park.
For the Charter rights of law-abiding citizens. And for the dogs.