TROUBLEMAKERS

Originally run in the New Yorker in February, 2006, Malcolm Gladwell's article about profiling is well worth a second look. One afternoon last February, Guy Clairoux picked up his two-and-a half-year-old son, Jayden, from day care and walked him back to their house in the west end of Ottawa, Ontario. They were almost home. Jayden was straggling behind, …

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Calgary shows how it's done

When the residents of Ontario were first attempting to talk reason with the provincial government about managing dangerous dogs, virtually every expert in the fields of dog behaviour and bite prevention told the government to look at Calgary, an example of extraordinary successes. Unfortunately, this government was so caught up in its “pit bull” mania that …

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CANDIDATE: LORI BRYDEN (LIB), LEEDS-GRENVILLE

      Thank you for your email.   I believe that pet owners must be held accountable for their pet's behaviour. As well, I feel that cruelty to any animal is unaccepable and must be dealt with appropriately. I would like the opportunity to raise these issues on your behalf at Queens' Park.   Attached …

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October 10th. D-Day in Ontario. DOG DAY.

Today is Election Day in Ontario.  All responsible, informed and caring dog owners must vote today to reject the McGuinty Liberals.  The McGuinty Liberals made responsible dog owners of all breeds into second-class citizens and discriminated against dogs solely because of their shape.  The McGuinty Liberals promulgated unfounded, unjust, vague, shoddy and ineffective legislation that kills …

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CRY HAVOC! AND LET SLIP THE DOGS OF ELECTION

I had planned to enter my AmStaff in the Therapy Dog program but couldn't because of the muzzle requirement–Diane Duffy, Payroll Clerk, Township of Ramora Bill 132 has magically turned my Doberman into a 'pit bull', if the authorities say so (Section 19).  This law is so bad, it has also transformed me from a …

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CANDIDATE: CHERI DI NOVO (NDP), PARKDALE-HIGH PARK

This was received from a reader who corresponded with Ms Di Novo, candidate for Parkdale-High Park, in August. You may remember that Ms Di Novo won a byelection this spring after the Liberals, led by Sandra Pupatello, tried to smear her personally for her activities during the 1960s.  The minister not only survived this seedy attempt …

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AN "A TO Z" ELECTION TALE

Once upon a time, in a province called Ontario, a man named Dalton McGuinty wanted to become premier so badly that he made many promises. He said he would not raise taxes. He promised to close the dirty coal-burning plants. He would help autistic children, relieve gridlock problems and help immigrants have their qualifications recognized …

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CANDIDATE: LAUREL BROTEN (LIB), ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE

Here's our response from former Environment Minister, Laurel Broten, via her campaign team.  Unfortunately, our questions were not answered. I'm sure this will sound familiar because it is the same answer we've received from a few Liberal candidates. *   Dear Selma, Lori, Steve and Sandra, Thank you for you email. We stand by the …

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CKC Special Announcement Think Twice… Vote Once!

  CKC Special Announcement re: Ontario Election For immediate release and communication to Canadian Kennel Club members: THINK TWICE…VOTE ONCE! As the Ontario provincial election creeps closer (Election Day, October 10) we would like to draw your attention to the position statements provided to the CKC regarding the issue of Bill 132 (Pit Bull Ban) …

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CANDIDATE: STEVE HOLMES (NDP), LONDON NORTH CENTRE

We received this honest, non-scripted reply from candidate Steve Holmes last night.   Steve, best of luck on October 10 and thank you very much for your thoughtful and detailed response in the heat of an election campaign.   *     Below please find my responses to your survey.  Thank you for caring about …

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ONTARIO COUNTDOWN – MY DOG VOTES!

ONTARIO COUNT DOWN – “My Dog Votes!” PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL ONTARIO DOG OWNERS AND YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES We can count in hours the time left before the Ontario polls open. The Canadian Kennel Club respectfully asks for your time over the next 10 minutes to review our message and emails received from candidates with …

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BREAKING NEWS: LABRADOR RETRIEVER ATTACKS CANDIDATE

  New Liskeard–Progressive Conservative candidate Doug Shearer, a retired OPP Superintendent, was attacked yesterday by a Labrador retriever in his riding of Timiskaming-Cochrane. We are told he was out canvassing at the time.  Apparently, charges will be laid against the owner of the Lab. We await further details and will post information as it becomes …

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VOTE FOR DOG OWNERS' RIGHTS ON OCTOBER 10

The October issue of Dogs In Canada featured an article “Silence Speaks Volumes”, which focused on the upcoming election in Ontario. The article took some statements from veteran Progressive Conservative MPP Jim Wilson out of context.   Jim kindly sent us a clarification which includes his firm stance toward one law for all responsible dog …

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HOWARD HAMPTON ON THE BREED BAN IN ONTARIO

This was received by a reader who asked NDP Leader Howard Hampton for his stance on Ontario's dog breed ownership ban. *   Thank you for your e-mail regarding the McGuinty government's Bill 132.  NDP Justice Critic, Peter Kormos, MPP fought for public hearings on this  legislation to allow input from the public and animal welfare …

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EDITORIAL: WHEN NONSENSE BECOMES PUBLIC POLICY

I admire people who stick to their guns and defend an unpopular position with logic and enthusiam.  I don't admire people who stick to their guns and defend an unpopular position with bombast, distractions, specious reasoning and utter nonsense. Dalton McGuinty and his gang are in the latter category.  Let's review the form letter response to inquiries which McGuinty has …

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DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU?

It certainly does to me. I received the following from Steve Ruddick (Lib) Hamilton Centre, today.  Unfortunately, I did not get his attached personal statement or photos but asked him to send those along.  * Dear Ms. Mulvey,   I am forwarding you a message originally sent to you by Mr. McGuinty.   I hope it answers your questions …

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CANDIDATE: JIM CHAPMAN (PC), LONDON FANSHAWE

(L to R) Daisy, Junior and Cleo Hanging Out     1.  If the amended Dog Owners' Liability Act (2005) came up today for a free rather than a whipped vote as happened in 2005, would you vote in favour of banning breeds as an effective way to protect people from dog bites?  Please explain.  …

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CANDIDATE: STEPHEN MAYNARD (NDP), LONDON FANSHAWE

1.  If the amended Dog Owners' Liability Act (2005) came up today for a free rather than a whipped vote as happened in 2005, would you vote in favour of banning breeds as an effective way to protect people from dog bites?  Please explain.   No, I would not vote in support of “breed bans”. …

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CANDIDATE: BONNIE BRYAN (NDP), NIAGARA WEST-GLANBROOK

1. If the amended Dog Owners' Liability Act (2005) came up today for a free rather than a whipped vote as happened in 2005, WOULD YOU VOTE IN FAVOUR OF BANNING BREEDS as an effective way to protect people from dog bites? PLEASE EXPLAIN   We are not in favour of banning breeds.   2. PLEASE TELL …

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ONTARIO CANDIDATES

Find your electoral district (riding) by postal code here:      http://www2.elections.on.ca/fyed/en/form_page_en.jsp   Lists of candidates are available at the parties' individual websites:      Green Party: http://www.gpo.ca/find_your_riding      Liberal Party: http://www.ontarioliberal.ca/en/CandidateList.aspx      New Democratic Party: http://ontariondp.com/nominated-candidates-2007/      Progressive Conservative Party: http://www.ontariopc.com/find_your_riding.asp   Wag the Dog has sent surveys to all candidates and has received some responses.  Those responses are listed separately …

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LUCKY'S FAMILY MEMBER RESPONDS

The daughter of the victim in our story about Lucky, (the Labrador retriever slated for destruction by ignorant animal control officers in Thornhill) has posted a comment on that article.   She is not happy about remarks implying that the story may be fictitious.   I've taken the liberty of posting her comment here so everybody …

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CANDIDATE: JOHN TORY (PC), DON VALLEY WEST

  Today, we received the official response to our survey from the Policy division of the Progressive Conservative Party.  As you know, we have received personal statements from John in the past but this is the official Party statement. You can read it here. Best of luck on October 10, John and thank you very …

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CANDIDATE: GAIL McCABE (NDP), MISSISSAUGA-STREETSVILLE

Gail McCabe, NDP Candidate for Missisauga-Streetsville, responds to our survey.   1. If the amended Dog Owners' Liability Act (2005) came up today for a free rather than a whipped vote as happened in 2005, WOULD YOU VOTE IN FAVOUR OF BANNING BREEDS as an effective way to protect people from dog bites? PLEASE EXPLAIN. …

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