October 16, 2006

Update on Yarmouth: Somebody's listening

YARMOUTH (NS) — Downtown business owners have voted against a dog ban proposed by town council.

Read the full story here.

Although this is no guarantee that the politicians won't still do something silly, at least the people voicing the original concerns have managed to look at things logically and rationally.

Here's my original article.

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October 13, 2006

Bryant: Legislation is overbroad

In a recent National Post news report, Michael Bryant, the Attorney General of Ontario, was quoted as saying that the federal government's new dangerous offender legislation is "too broad and will catch too many people in its net without zeroing in on the truly dangerous".

Ironically, the constitutionality of Mr. Bryant's own dog law is being challenged in the Superior Court of Ontario because of identical flaws. The Attorney General could not have summarized any more clearly the failings of his own legislation.

Mr. Bryant is truly proving himself to be a two-faced animal, although I'm not sure of what breed.

It is deeply troubling that the Attorney General will champion constitutionality, fairness, and the presumption of innocence when it concerns dangerous violent offenders throughout the country, but will not afford the same protection to dog owners in his own province.

The article goes on to state that "Bryant [wants] federal Justice Minister Vic Toews to change the law so that people who are long-term offenders and, therefore, subject to long-term supervision after their release, should be candidates for dangerous-offender status as soon as they breach their probation conditions".

Imagine that! Targeting people based on their actions!

If he had done that with his own legislation two years ago, he wouldn't be defending it in front of a judge today.

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October 10, 2006

Yarmouth, NS: Not anti-breed, just anti-dog!

Sigh! Another example of the movement by politicians towards completely isolating dog owners from the rest of society. Another town to add to my list of places in Canada I choose not to visit.

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is considering banning ALL dogs from the town's Main Street and possibly from the entire downtown core.

Representatives for the town state that the measure is necessary because of "pooping without scooping", because "many people feel uncomfortable and nervous around dogs", because of "how dogs react when they meet other dogs", and because "getting rid of the dogs would solve the issue of loitering".

Yarmouth has already banned ALL dogs from Department of Leisure facilities "when people are present".

Apparently, it's easier to ban than it is to enforce existing laws. The concept is identical to breed banning, penalizing responsible owners, who are the vast majority, for the irresponsible actions of a few.

Read the whole story here

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