Saturday, June 16, 2007

Can you buy love?

When someone on the street tries to buy love, that person is called a "john".

The Ontario Fiberals are trying to buy some love in time for the fall election...with our money.

$17.5B transit plan proposed - Ya, right, four years in office and the Fibs announce this AFTER they shut down the Legislature three weeks early. Nothing can happen on this till after the eleection. Sooo, don't hang your hat on it, it's one of their bribes to try to get back into office. And don't believe it. It's an election promise, and McGuinty hides behind a court decision that he can't be held to election promises.

Gambling money offered to Indians - Are the Fibs trying to buy their way out of another Caledonia? Which the Fibs ignored while it escalated, much to the detriment of the citizens of Caledonia.

Province appoints McMurtry and Curling to probe youth violence in wake of Jordan Manners slaying - Just what we need, another committee. Is there an ambulance the Fibs won't chase?

Liberals criticized for climate 'inaction' - We supposedly have a Minister of the Environment. All she's done in four years is vote for a law that targeted her own dog, and tell us to Flick Off. I think that qualifies as less (or more?) than 'inaction". Paralysis?

At universities, A is the new B - In other words, universities are dumbing down. So much for improved education in Ontario.

As the summer progresses, I'll add to the list as McGuinty & Co. scramble to avoid getting their b*tts kicked in the fall. Hey, some people on the street pay for that...

I have a vision of McGuinty and Co. standing on a streetcorner, trying to buy love...and getting busted by the voters.

Make me wanna hurl

I get home the other day and find on my desk (no idea where I got it) a sticker from my Fiberal MPP. Ironically, it says "In case of emergency, save my pets".

H*ll, woman, we're trying to save our pets from you and your cohorts!

This is the same MPP who owns a "pit bull-type" dog and voted in favour of the "pit bull" ban. Can you say, DUH? Or owned...haven't seen the dog in a while, perhaps it wasn't politically expedient to have it. A while ago, this dog slipped out of its collar, ran out in the road and was either hit by or bounced off a car. I followed the dog home, and she politicked on her front step while I tried to convince her to take the dog to a vet to be checked. I finally gave up. You can't teach a Fib.

I'm doing some tinkering with the sticker, will post a scan if it works.

Friday, June 15, 2007

In Sarnia, ON, the truth does NOT set you free

UPDATE: Read the letters from the City of Sarnia here. Scroll down to the paragraph, "Ask that they allow these dogs to live and be placed in the competent, caring hands of the Advocates for the Underdog. If you wish to see the correspondence from the City of Sarnia to the lawyers for Brian Edwards Jr., please click here." and click on the hyperlink.

On June 6, 2007 animal control officers in Sarnia, Ontario seized a mother dog and her three 7-week old puppies from the home of Brian Edwards Jr. and Cassie Bates.

The dogs’ offence? Solely that an animal control officer identified them as "pit bulls" under the Ontario Dog Owners’ Liability Act (“DOLA”). This breed identification has subsequently and conveniently been changed by the authorities; the puppies and mother are now claimed to be Staffordshire bull terriers or have the appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar.

According to the owners, the dogs in question are neither.

On March 23, 2007 Madam Justice Thea Herman, a judge of the Ontario Superior Court, issued a decision that we understand renders the DOLA classifications "pit bull" and "pit bull terrier" unconstitutionally vague. If our understanding is correct, the seizure of the mother and her pups on the basis that they are “pit bulls” would have been unconstitutional.

As for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier identification, there is no proof of that breed identification. It is merely the word of an animal control officer, not a breed expert. The mother dog is not a registered Staffordshire Bull Terrier; she does not have registration papers, a microchip or an identifying tattoo.

At the time of the dogs’ removal from their home, the owners stated they were given two options: hand the mom and her puppies over, or be charged because the dogs were not licensed and the female is not spayed.

This is a scare tactic frequently used by animal control officers to intimidate those who do not know the law into giving up their property – their dogs - without the municipality having to deal with the inconvenience and expense of a court case. This scare tactic unfortunately often works. Of course, threats of pepper spray and arrest work just as well. That's what happened when Brian approached the animal control van to calm the mother dog.

On June 13th, the media reported that these dogs were given a stay of execution.

On that same day, however, the City of Sarnia issued a letter stating that "the pound operator will exercise certain options set out in Section 20(7.4) of the Animals for Research Act,R.S.O. 1990 ( the “ARA")." Four options were cited. Only one allows the dogs to live.

The ARA specifically states that the puppies and their mom can be safely transferred to a person who is resident outside Ontario.

Knowing of this option, Advocates for the Underdog, a well known and respected rescue, has offered at their own cost to take this task upon themselves.

The Advocates offer was declined by Sarnia pound officials.

The City Solicitor for Sarnia has filed documents claiming that the seven-week old puppies and their mother pose “a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals”.

Therefore, under the provisions cited, the City of Sarnia has decided that the mother dog and her puppies will be killed.

Not only does Sarnia animal control apparently not understand the law that they are supposed to be enforcing, but the Sarnia legal department also apparently does not have a clear understanding of the law.

Or perhaps they understand it too well. Could it be that the Ontario Attorney General’s office is once again wielding the same bloody pen used to write Ontario’s breed-specific legislation? One has to wonder why the Ontario government’s highly paid constitutional lawyers, who presented during the recent Superior Court case, sat in on less well-known municipal cases pertaining to "pit bulls". One also has to wonder why the City of Sarnia has recently announced that it will be performing door-to-door checks on all homes for the presence of dogs.

The constitutional challenge to DOLA is back in court for the remedy hearing at the end of this month. Until that time, it is our understanding that this law is in limbo and subject to misinterpretation and mistakes.

Without judicial clarification, it is hard to see how the City of Sarnia can justify the killing of innocent puppies. One would think that prudence would cause the City to put a moratorium on further actions until the courts clarify whether the law is enforceable.

One would also believe that any municipality or agent of the municipality that destroys the property of a citizen under DOLA before the final ruling is made, may well find themselves legally liable for those actions.

The back-door legal tactic used by the City of Sarnia to kill unoffending puppies and their mother should be seen by all dog owners as a purely vindictive measure. The classification of "substantially similar physical characteristics" could easily be applied to tens of thousands of Ontario dogs.

The City of Sarnia, of which animal control is an agency, is not (as claimed by one city councillor) just "acting on provincial law". The City of Sarnia, of which animal control is an agency, has made its own decision to kill these dogs.

There is a huge gray area of options, some of which are within DOLA and others that do not require the use of that particular law. Killing these dogs is not required or mandated.

The DLCC asks that you take five minutes from your day and write, call or fax the members of Sarnia City Council. You don’t have to live in Sarnia, or even in Canada, to write the mayor and councillors.

Ask that they allow these dogs to live and be placed in the competent, caring hands of the Advocates for the Underdog. If you wish to see the correspondence from the City of Sarnia to the lawyers for Brian Edwards Jr., please visit the DLCC website:

The next meeting of Sarnia City Council is scheduled for Monday, June 25th, 2007

City Hall
255 N. Christina Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2
Phone: 519 332-0330 ext.312
TTY#: 519 332-2664
Fax: 519 332-3995 (fax)
155 N. Front Street, Apt. #705
Sarnia ON N7V 7V5
519 336-8092
e-mail: mayor @

City and County Councillor: DAVE BOUSHY
1413 Lakeshore Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 2M3
Home: 519 542-3109
Fax: 519 542-0868
Email: d.boushy @

City and County Councillor: JIM FOUBISTER
1937 Buena Ventura
Brights Grove, ON N0N 1C0
Home: 519 869-4701
Fax: 519 869-8625
Email: jimfoubister @

City and County Councillor: BEV MACDOUGALL
228 Maria Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 4T1
Home: 519 344-0768
Business: 519 344-5543
Fax: 519 332-0916
Email: bevmacdougall @

City and County Councillor: ANNE MARIE GILLIS
65 Ashby Crescent
Sarnia, ON N7S 4L5
Home: 519 542-9728
Business: 519 542-0554
Fax: 519 542-0554
Email: annemariegillis @

City Councillor: ANDY BRUZIEWICZ
665 Stonecrest Avenue
Sarnia, ON N7V 2K3
P.O. Box 2373
Sarnia, ON N7T 7S6
Business: 519 332-2639
Fax: 519 337-7855
Email: andybruziewicz @

City Councillor: JON MCEACHRAN
978 London Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 1N7
Home: 519 337-7200
Business: 519 383-7200
Fax: 519 383-7800
Email: jonmceachran @

City Councillor: MIKE KELCH
324 Tawny Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 5J6
Home: 519 542-5682
Business: 519 339-4003
Fax: 519 542-8827
Email: mike @

City Councillor: TERRY BURRELL
954 Champlain Road
Brights Grove, ON N7V 2G2
Home: 519 542-8826
Business: 519 336-5545
Fax: 519 336-2130
Email: terry @

Please copy your correspondence to the Sarnia City Solicitor:

City Solicitor/Clerk – Brian W. Knott
City Hall
255 N. Christina Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2
Phone: 519-332-0330, ext. 262
Email: bknott @

General Inquiries
Clerks @
Phone: 519-332-0330, ext. 263
Fax: 519-332-3995
TTY#: 519 332-2664

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Kiss good-bye to one of the last independent media sources... Rogers swallows CityTV.

I liked CityTV, its quirkiness and unique "face", with media people of all shapes, sizes and colours. It's obvious by Rogers planning to move it off Queen Street, that CityTV will be homogenized and white-breaded out of existence.

G'bye, CityTV, you'll be very much missed.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Where's Michael Bryant?

Mr. Bryant and the other MPPs have left for summer vacation, THREE WEEEKS EARLY. That's real dedication to governance of this province. The Ontario Liberals behaved like spoiled school children, and left an anti-animal-cruelty bill and other laws to die on the order paper.

Meanwhile, unoffending puppies and their mother languish in a Sarnia pound, doomed to die because the Ontario Liberals passed a law to kill dogs of a certain shape.

What possible crime could seven-week-old puppies have committed, to cause them to be killed? What crime has the mother dog committed, to cause her to be killed?

Is it solely because of their shape? Because they're the "wrong" shape?

Is that what we've descended to as a society, gleefully killing animals solely because of their shape? Are we that spiritually bankrupt?

Does this incident tie in with Sarnia's sudden decision to do a door-to-door census of dogs? Will they be fingering dogs that might be, could be, perhaps are, and seize and kill them? Regardless of the fact the dogs may be loving and beloved family pets, that have done no wrong? Why has animal control suddenly been seized with a desire to enforce the Ontario Liberals' vague, shoddy, unfounded and unjust law, that's been on the books for almost two years? What has propelled this decision?

Has Sarnia animal control read the decision on the constitutional challenge of the province's breed specific legislation? Perhaps the city solicitor, if there is one, should be advising animal control to hold off on seizure of unoffending animals since, as I understand it (I'm not a lawyer), the catch-all category of "pit bull" was deemed unconstitutional. Is Sarnia animal control opening the city to lawsuits (expensive for taxpayers) for enforcing an unconstitutional law?

What about the dogs of the "right" shape that do commit offences, that do bite and attack? Are they killed, or returned to their owners?

I'm just sick at heart for the puppies and their mother, that have done nothing wrong but be born the "wrong" shape.