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DESTINED TO DIE IN ONTARIO
"All pets are unique and trying to predict the behaviour or personality of one breed over another is difficult and unreliable.
That is why laws intended to brand certain breeds of dogs as dangerous(such as pit bull terriers)are as unreasonable and invalid as racial profiling and cultural stereotyping."
~Dr Bernhard Pukay
My MPP did not get an opportunity to introduce a PMB last Session.
I have asked Patrick Brown if he (rather than my MPP) would consider introducing Courtney`s Bill either as a Private Member`s Bill or even better as a Gov`t Bill in memory of Courtney Trempe to become Courtney`s Law.(akin to Rowan Stringer`s Concussion Bill which was introduced and passed by all Parties to become Rowan`s Law)
I`ve explained why it`s important to get the focus off 'pit bulls' and on to Effective Laws & the Trempe Inquest Recommendations.
Courtney Trempe was a little girl killed by a neighbour`s dog in 1998
(A dog not impacted by BSL)
An Inquest was held into her death and out of that came 36 recommendations.
All but a few were ignored by Gov`t.
Instead they chose to enact BSL years later which does not improve Community Safety.
It would not have helped Courtney, as the type of dog that killed Courtney is not a type targeted by BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)
Courtney`s Mother testified to that effect at the Committee Hearings prior to the passage of Bill 132 (Amendments to DOLA)
I propose as we go forward in our attempts to have BSL repealed,we fight this fight in Courtney`s memory rather than Hershey`s memory & that future Bills introduced in the Legislature to repeal BSL be called Courtney`s Bill rather than Hershey`s Bill.
While we all love our dogs & we are fighting to save their lives,our number one goal is to have effective laws in place to make Communities safer for both Children & Adults.
Let`s fight for that in memory Of Courtney Trempe.
A memorial fund was set up in memory of Courtney to provide support for child victims of dog attacks and their families.
(Not sure if it`s still active.No response from them when I asked)
Please listen to PBLNN Interview where Kerry Vinson (Designated Expert Witness at the Trempe Inquest) talks about the Inquest recs & explains why we need effective laws not BSL.
You can also listen/download the Nov 4th show here.
Kerry starts to speak at about 45 mins.
You can read an article written by Kerry on the failure of the amendments to DOLA (Dog Owner`s Liability Act) to improve Public Safety and the threat this Legislation poses to all dog owners.
Read Kerry's most recent article for TAVM here
My MPP plans on introducing Courtney`s Bill to end BSL in the 2015/16 Sitting of the Legislature.
If you want BSL repealed,you have to demand Repeal via Email,Snail Mail,Phone,Fax & Tweets.
Apathy is the problem in Ontario.
I notice that MPP Hillier has a Motion to restore Bill 16 on the Sept 14.2015 Order Papers.
Bill 16 was ordered for 3rd Reading on May 9,2012 but was never called.
I expect that Wynne will either not call it(most likely) or they will call it and defeat it with their Majority.
When I was on Twitter I asked the CVMA if they would write a Letter to the Gov`t regarding BSL
and the Canadian Standards being developed for Psychiatric Service Dogs.
They did just that.
"While the CVMA is very supportive of this initiative, it cautions the government against any breed specific limitations
and also calls for the use of humane training methods."
Now that we have a new Gov`t in place I have written to the CVMA and asked them if they would send a Letter
to the new Minister of Veteran`s Affairs, the Honourable Kent Hehr.
National Canine Research Council takes Ontario to task.
OVMA Open Letter to 3 Provincial Leaders urging Repeal of BSL
Please take the time to send this letter to Kathleen Wynne.
She needs to know that you are aware of this letter.
I have tried numerous times to compile lists of where Ontario MPP`s & new Candidates stand on BSL.
It`s next to impossible to do because of apathy.
Riding & Candidate Info
Here`s the vote on Bill 132 which enacted BSL.
Please check to see how your MPP voted in 2005
(Scroll down to see vote)
Here`s the 2nd Reading vote on Bill 16 which was the vote to repeal the Breed Specific Language in Bill 132
You will notice that some MPP`s either were absent or abstained.
If you don`t see your MPP on this Bill 16 list it means they are a newbie with no voting history on BSL.
It is important to find out how these Candidates from all Parties will vote on the repeal of BSL when it comes up for a vote & it will.
I will be compiling a list for all Parties.
It`s best if Riding Residents ask their Candidates.
Here are the MPP and/or Candidate Lists for each Party
Responses from Candidates who have no voting history on BSL
John Fraser-Ottawa South
Christine Milks-Leeds-Grenville just replied with a blah blah email,she doesn`t make promises,no mention of BSL
David Porter-Don Valley West
IN FAVOUR OF REPEAL
Lib No responses
Percy Hatfield-Windsor Tecumseh
Jennifer McKenzie-Ottawa Centre
Michael Prue-Beaches-East York reconfirmed his support for Repeal
Peggy Sattler-London West
Nancy Branscombe-London North Centre
Steve Clark-Leeds Grenville reconfirmed his support for Repeal
Nita Kang-Scarborough-South West
Julia Munro-York Simcoe has reconfirmed her support for Repeal
Laurie Scott-Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock reconfirmed her support for Repeal
Mat Siscoe-St Catherines
Matt Young-Ottawa South
Greens-All Candidates support Repeal
Robert Kiley-Kingston & the Islands provided a response-supports Repeal
WON`T STATE THEIR POSITION
(Beware of Candidates from ANY Party who won`t state their position on BSL)
Randall Denley-Ottawa West Nepean
*Lisa MacLeod-Nepean-Carleton-Was absent or abstained from Bill 16 vote.
Finally responded in writing that she supports Repeal.
Bart Maves-Niagara Falls
If you have any info from MPP`s or Candidates please leave Msg in Guestbook.
It won`t go live.
I will add info later.(I Looking forward to hearing from you.)
In 2005 the Liberals amended the Dog Owner`s Liability Act(DOLA) and the Animals for Research Act(ARA.)
There is now a Ban on 3 recognized PureBreeds
and any dogs that simply look like them.
While they provided exemptions for certain Dog Shows and Flyball Tournaments
they gave no exemption for Service Dogs.
Three guesses why that is and the first two don`t count.
The Liberals are trying to portray these dogs as monsters in the eyes of the Public,hence the muzzle requirement.
They don`t want the Public seeing these dogs providing service to Veterans with PTSD and others with disabilities.
Lucas here who was present at the One Million Pibble March held recently in Washington
can be seized and killed by Kathleen Wynne`s Liberals if he and owner were to enter Ontario.
Only people in attendance at the Dog Shows and Flyball Tournaments would see the Competitive dogs.
The Liberals probably think that this won`t have much impact on the Public`s perception.
I have enlisted the help of a Federal MP to see if we can at the very least,
get the Federal Gov`t to enact Legislation to protect Service Dogs from BSL.
I told him ideally we would like BSL banned Canada wide.
This MP said to leave it with him,he has contacts and he`s going to see what he can do.
I think it would be a good time for everyone to contact Prime Minister Harper here and/or here
and their own MP and ask them to support such an initiative
Now is the time to act as Service Dogs are on everyone`s minds
as the Gov`t of Canada prepares to fund Service Dogs for Veterans.It looks like this is a no go.
Any doubt in your mind about Kathleen Wynne`s position on BSL?
Her 1st response was sent in 2010 & the 2nd one in 2012.
Kathleen Wynne`s response in 2010
Subject: RE: Re Listening to Experts
Date: February 26, 2010 12:54:20 PM EST
Thank you for your email regarding the Ontario Dog Owners’ Liability Act.
I appreciate hearing my constituents’ concerns.
It’s unfortunate such actions sometimes need to be taken to prevent animal abuse and the resulting harm to people when animals are aggressive, largely as a result of how they are bred and raised.
However, the dogs in question when we say “breed specific” are dogs that, as you know, can be extraordinarily aggressive and harmful if not raised properly.
I know there are dog-owners who know how to properly raise and care for animals such as pit bulls.
However, there are so many who do not
(and many who intentionally abuse them to produce fighting dogs),
that continuing to allow the breeding of these animals was no longer a risk we could take.
Our government feels it is in the best interest of the people we represent, and the animals in question, to enforce this legislation.
I understand that many disagree with this
(we listened to and considered all sides of the argument),
and I respect their opinion.
However, I do support this legislation.
I believe this is the appropriate action to take in response to ongoing incidents of both harm to the people we represent and to the animals we care for.
Thank you again for getting in touch.
All the best,
Kathleen Wynne, MPP
Don Valley West
Kathleen Wynne`s response in 2012
From: Team Wynne
Subject: Re: The Way We Grow / La Voie à Suivre
Date: December 18, 2012 11:05:55 AM EST
Thank you very much for writing me, and taking the time to participate in this important conversation.
Molly and Buster, our “twins”, were fantastic companions.
I truly enjoyed all of the privileges of being a pet owner - the unconditional love, the greetings after a hard day’s work and the daily walks.
I also enjoyed the responsibilities of pet ownership, and that included ensuring that our dogs were well trained and didn’t pose a risk to public safety.
Ontario Liberals made the decision to restrict pit bulls.
After a series of horrific accidents around the province, we decided that the interests of public safety would be best-served by restricting that particular breed.
My position is that repealing this legislation would be a step backwards.
I hear your concern and I know that this legislation has presented challenges for some dog owners, but I believe that all Ontarians want what is in the best interests of public safety.
All the best,
Now I ask you does this sound like a Leader who can be cajoled,convinced or educated to do the right thing?
When you go to the ballot box a vote for a Liberal Candidate will be a vote to keep this woman in Power.
If you`re a Liberal in this fight to end BSL it all comes down to saving these dogs or helping to keep your Party in Power.....which will you choose?
The best way to get them out of Power & end this is to vote for the Candidate in your Riding most likely to defeat the Liberal Candidate.
If you can`t bring yourself to do that then the next best thing is to go to the Polls & simply decline your ballot.
That`s a Protest vote.
Don`t simply stay home,that`s a sign of laziness.
If you can`t help us get rid of them,please don`t help elect them.
You`re in this fight for a reason,please remember that.
On Dec 22,1987 the father of our former Premier (who enacted BSL)
stated on record that the family dog was a pit bull terrier.
Ontario Hansard - 22-December1987
Mr. McGuinty: I have a petition dated December 22, 1987. “To the Honourable the Lieutenant Governor and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario: “
"We, the undersigned, beg leave to petition the parliament of Ontario as follows: “Whereas the Christmas-Hanukkah season is traditionally a time for family; “And whereas members of this Legislature who are from distant places are subject to the vagaries of travel which could occasion considerable time; “And whereas the legislative support staff are subject to the same; “And whereas the following people are particularly anxious to see the Legislature adjourn, namely, the following constituents of Ottawa South: “Elizabeth McGuinty, Mrs. Dalton McGuinty I, Jocelyn Mary McGuinty, Liseanne Mary McGuinty, Dalton J. Patrick McGuinty, Jr., Dylan Charles McGuinty, Patrick John McGuinty XXIII, David Joseph McGuinty, Michael Terence Thomas Moore McGuinty, Brendan Paul McGuinty VI, Anne Marie McGuinty, Teresa McGuinty, Marie Angela McGuinty, Noralyn McGuinty, Connor Joseph McGuinty, Carleen Mary McGuinty, Dalton J. P. McGuinty III; Liam Brendan McGuinty, Matthew Carlos McGuinty, Caroline Nicole McGuinty, Gordon Patrick McGuinty, Lucille Mary McGuinty, Michael J. McGuinty-McKee,” all of whom have duly signed. There is also a paw print on this paper of one Tory McGuinty, who is the McGuinty family pit bull terrier. I am also posing this petition on behalf of the family of the member for Algoma-Manitoulin (Mr. Brown): Mrs. Lynn Brown, Micki Brown, Amy Brown, Paula Brown and Jennifer Brown, all of whom are with us in the gallery. “We, the undersigned, petition all members of the Legislature of Ontario to expedite adjournment of the Legislature at the earliest possible time.”
Mr. Speaker: I am certain the honourable member has read the standing orders, and it is certainly in order to present a petition and to advise the House that the honourable member has himself signed the petition. It is not the usual procedure to advise the House of all those who have signed."
Sometimes when you try to be cute,the official record can come back to bite you(or your kid)
A member of the extended McGuinty Family has confirmed that this was not a joke and the Family did have a pit bull terrier.
I wonder if the Premier would have sent his Parents` dog to it`s death because of it`s shape or birthdate?
Video of the Apr/25th Hearing