Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Is New Toronto City Council Anti-Animal?

Is New Council Anti-Animal, Anti-Pet?

I sent emails requesting Reply from Mayor Rob Ford and City Councillor Ana Bailao
About:  Licensing and Standards Committee: Meeting Jan 21,2011

Committee Members:
Councillor Cesar Palacio (Chair). Councillor Glen De Baeremaeker, Councillor Chin Lee, Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, Councillor Frances Nunziata, Councillor Anthony Perruzza.
 Email Contacts

This committee has responsibility for Toronto Animal Services and animal/pet issues.

Official City Minutes here
1 - Motion to Refer Item moved by Councillor Mike Feldman (Carried) August 13, 2010

That the Committee not hear deputations and refer all the communications regarding the proposal to ban the sale of dogs and cats in Toronto pet shops and retail market places, to staff for a report to the Committee at the next meeting in the new year and requested to hear deputations in the order in which they were received.

....  This was promised as you can see by the exact motion passed. There were 30+ people who came down in person, having properly registered, and were told to 'come back later' by the powers that be.

* What I have discovered is that the staff report requested last August 13, 2010 will NOT be ready for the committee until sometime in October of this year, unless the committee ups the priority of the issue.

15 months to do a report ???

Perhaps this is an (in)efficiency that the city needs to look at?

I hope everyone who owns a pet or knows someone who does will flood the city with emails and letters.

I pointedly remember Mayor (then Councillor) Rob Ford at that August meeting standing up for the people to be allowed to make deputations, claiming it was disrespectful not to.

What is going on here?

It seems the City does not have its act together, since I sent a remninder email about the promise January 4, 2011 and got no reply. Respect for Taxpayers?  Really?

* Update: I spoke in person to our ward 18 City Councillor Ana Bailao on Feb 5,2011 and she promised a followup. Also heard from Dean Maher that Lic&Stds Committee may consider this in May now...
All depends on whether people write in or email to get the priority upped.

Again - PLEASE make your concerns known. Get involved.