Dogs

Revised by-law aims to provide a basis for reducing the risk of attacks and tragic incidents related to dangerous dogs.

At the last Côte Saint-Luc council meeting I moved a motion to modify our by-law  for the regulation of dogs. This was deemed necessary to be in line with new provincial government legislation.

You can watch the full meeting, which was conducted via Zoom Video, here.

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One minor change was done to the draft by-law that was tabled at the April 6, 2020 meeting, namely, that the coming into force of the obligation to microchip all dogs on the territory of CSL will be on April 6, 2021.

The remainder of by-law 2555 will come into force as of July 11, 2020 (in order for Public Security to inform the City of Montreal of the modifications), with the exception of the microchipping articles.

This new regulation  aims to provide a basis for reducing the risk of attacks and tragic incidents related to dangerous dogs. For instance, dogs 20 kg and over must wear a halter or harness at all times. Wearing a leash with a maximum length of 1.85 meters is also now compulsory, except in a dog park, hunting, in a training course or a dog competition (the latter three will unlikely occur in CSL).     Doctors are  obligated to report serious dog bites. Veterinarians must report dogs they believe to pose a risk, and municipalities will enforce the rules and order any dog responsible for an attack to be euthanized. 

We have had issues in the past with dangerous dogs. But usually, it is the owner who is fault.

In  CSL we have an active Dog Owners Committee I launched after the last election. I know many people would like to see our Dog Runs reopened. Regrettably, in our  effort to avoid gatherings, council  groups the Dog Run in the same category of playgrounds. While I am personally confident our dog owners would respect social distancing, we must give this situation some more time to evaluate.

 

 

 


Autism Speaks Dog Walk a big succcess

As the city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I was  thrilled to once again be part of the Autism Speaks Canada Promenade de chiens/Dog Walk on Sunday September 8. This was the second year for the event, both times occurring at our own Trudeau Park. Mother Nature cooperated and the sun was shining. A nice crowd  turned out - man, woman, child and of course many dogs of different shapes and sizes.

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Aren't these dogs beautiful?

Krista Leitham worked tirelessly to make it all happen, seconded by ever-so charismatic ambassador Matthew Moses. Originally Matthew was looking forward to bringing his beloved Rookie along. Sadly, Rookie passed away a week earlier. While still very much in mourning, he needed to fill that gap in his love. He and his family adopted a large puppy they named Houston and the canine made his first public appearance at the walk.

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With the Goldman family.

 

There were a number of kiosks set up,  including sponsor Nutrience. Greyhound Rescues were  on hand as was Cindy Davis from Inspirations Newspaper and Principal Nicholas Katalifos from the Wagar Adult Education Centre, where Matthew is a student. The Laval Rocket setup a booth as a tribute to Matthew, who is one of their most devoted fans.

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With Matthew Moses and Houston.

The Dog Walk is a fundraising initiative for dog lovers and the autism community to celebrate the unconditional love of these fur-babies and the therapeutic benefits of dogs to families and individuals living with autism. "Together, we can increase awareness, understanding, acceptance and inclusion for the autism community," said Krista.

It was a wonderful sight to see so many people doing the walk together through the pathway at Trudeau Park.

Jonathan  Goldman, the chair of our CSL Dog Owners Committee, was on hand with his dog and members of the family. It was  nice to catch up with my old friends Mark Wineck and Warren Gornitsky, both there with their dogs. I hope we can help this event get bigger and bigger each year!


Time for dog owners to renew licenses -special evening set aside

All dog owners must ensure that their dog has an annual license, payable by May 1 each year. The annual license fee for each dog that is neutered or spayed is $20. The annual license fee for each dog that is not neutered or spayed is $30.

You must make this payment in person at City Hall.  Normally this option is only available during daytime hours. However, after having received a few phone calls from people whose work schedules will not allow this we have decided to remain open for one night only: Thursday, April 25 until 7:30 pm.

For those people who cannot make  this date due to the Jewish holiday or who wish  to pay via another method, I am excited to announce that our Finance Department is prepared to pilot eTransfers. You can pay for your dog or cat license via the email address of finance@cotesaintluc.org.

The resident will have to send us an email with the required information (name, address, dog/cat name, age, color, neutered or not, etc.), then they will be given the confirmation to proceed with the e-Transfer. We will send the receipt and tag in the mail

Please take note of this.

It is very important to have your dog licensed for identification purposes and  heaven forbid if  they get lost.

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Autism Speaks Canada bringing a Dog Walk to our very own Trudeau Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to be hosting  the  Autism Speaks Canada  Dog Walk  on Sunday, October 21 (9:30 am to 11:30 am) at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park on Mackle Road. The event goes  rain or shine. I cannot think of a better way to start my birthday off.

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One in 66  individuals is diagnosed with autism. Autism Speaks Canada aims to raise awareness and fundraise to support family community services and research into causes and better interventions for autism and related conditions.

“We recognize and value that dogs provide unconditional love to all,” said Krista Leitham, the Regional Walk Coordinator. “Specifically, to the family living with autism, dogs also provide important therapeutic support.  Both research and pet therapy providers alike support that dogs provide important pet therapy to individuals with autism which help improve their social interaction, increase attention and cooperation, decrease anxiety and provide support for independence skills.”

Our Dog Owners Committee, chaired by Jonathan Goldman, is supporting this wonderful initiative. I urge all dog owners to register with their dogs of course.  

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“This is the first time ASC will hold an ASC-branded Dog Walk,” said Leitham. “At our signature Walk events across Canada, we have an increasing number of pet therapists participate, in addition to families with trained therapy dogs. The idea for an ASC-branded dog walk is inspired by an ASC supporter in Alberta, a veterinarian with a son on the spectrum and he has organized a local dog walk for the past few years.”

Leitham notes how research supports that dogs (pets) help improve social interaction, increase attention and cooperation, decrease anxiety and provide important tools for independence skills. Research articles are available on the Autism Speaks (US) website, an example is here.

Also, an increasing number of schools are including trained therapy dogs into the classroom pedagogy or after-school programs. This is a true grassroots initiative with local community support. Merchants with dog care services are new to participate at an event like this and welcome engaging with the community by exhibiting their services and leading family-friendly and dog-friendly activities.

The response on social media has been consistently strong. A noted number of community groups and organizations are sharing our posts. We encourage participants to register online so we can best prepare for the number of participants.

Registration is online at (English) www.autismspeaks.ca/dogwalk or (French) www.autismspeaks.ca/promenadedechiens. Event-day registrations are welcome, but online is preferred. The cost is $30 fee per family or team; just one person needs to register to represent the family or team. Registrants with their family or team are encouraged to fundraise. Donations are preferred by credit card online or cash/cheques can be remitted on event day.

Event day activities will include the following:

  • Exhibitors: Dog care specialists, local community organizations, each will lead a family and dog-friendly activity.
  • Event day contests: Best Dressed Dog, Best Dog Trick, Best Doggie-Owner Look-a-Like, Best Halloween Costume, Best Dog Strut, etc.  Contest winners receive a gift.
  • Pre-event contest for Best Dog Photo :Registrants are invited to send in a dog photo with the dog’s name and breed, and share their story how their dog is important to their family, especially if they are a family living with autism. The photo and story is posted onto the Montreal Autism Speaks Canada facebook and event Instagram @ascdogwalk leading up to the event. The public vote will be announced on event day.
  • Prize Draws: Fundraising Reward tickets are remitted to registrants on event day based on their fundraising. The more you fundraise, the more tickets you receive. On event day, registrants select which Prize Draws to place their tickets towards to increase their chances to win.
  • 1 km Dog Walk: To close the event to empower families both directly and indirectly affected with autism.

For more information e-mail kristaleitham@autismspeakscan.ca  or log on to   www.autismspeaks.ca.

 


Autism Speaks Canada bringing a Dog Walk to our very own Trudeau Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to be hosting  the  Autism Speaks Canada  Dog Walk  on Sunday, October 21 (9:30 am to 11:30 am) at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park on Mackle Road. The event goes  rain or shine. I cannot think of a better way to start my birthday off.

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One in 66  individuals is diagnosed with autism. Autism Speaks Canada aims to raise awareness and fundraise to support family community services and research into causes and better interventions for autism and related conditions.

“We recognize and value that dogs provide unconditional love to all,” said Krista Leitham, the Regional Walk Coordinator. “Specifically, to the family living with autism, dogs also provide important therapeutic support.  Both research and pet therapy providers alike support that dogs provide important pet therapy to individuals with autism which help improve their social interaction, increase attention and cooperation, decrease anxiety and provide support for independence skills.”

Our Dog Owners Committee, chaired by Jonathan Goldman, is supporting this wonderful initiative. I urge all dog owners to register with their dogs of course.  

Dog photo - Andria 1

“This is the first time ASC will hold an ASC-branded Dog Walk,” said Leitham. “At our signature Walk events across Canada, we have an increasing number of pet therapists participate, in addition to families with trained therapy dogs. The idea for an ASC-branded dog walk is inspired by an ASC supporter in Alberta, a veterinarian with a son on the spectrum and he has organized a local dog walk for the past few years.”

Leitham notes how research supports that dogs (pets) help improve social interaction, increase attention and cooperation, decrease anxiety and provide important tools for independence skills. Research articles are available on the Autism Speaks (US) website, an example is here.

Also, an increasing number of schools are including trained therapy dogs into the classroom pedagogy or after-school programs. This is a true grassroots initiative with local community support. Merchants with dog care services are new to participate at an event like this and welcome engaging with the community by exhibiting their services and leading family-friendly and dog-friendly activities.

The response on social media has been consistently strong. A noted number of community groups and organizations are sharing our posts. We encourage participants to register online so we can best prepare for the number of participants.

Registration is online at (English) www.autismspeaks.ca/dogwalk or (French) www.autismspeaks.ca/promenadedechiens. Event-day registrations are welcome, but online is preferred. The cost is $30 fee per family or team; just one person needs to register to represent the family or team. Registrants with their family or team are encouraged to fundraise. Donations are preferred by credit card online or cash/cheques can be remitted on event day.

Event day activities will include the following:

  • Exhibitors: Dog care specialists, local community organizations, each will lead a family and dog-friendly activity.
  • Event day contests: Best Dressed Dog, Best Dog Trick, Best Doggie-Owner Look-a-Like, Best Halloween Costume, Best Dog Strut, etc.  Contest winners receive a gift.
  • Pre-event contest for Best Dog Photo :Registrants are invited to send in a dog photo with the dog’s name and breed, and share their story how their dog is important to their family, especially if they are a family living with autism. The photo and story is posted onto the Montreal Autism Speaks Canada facebook and event Instagram @ascdogwalk leading up to the event. The public vote will be announced on event day.
  • Prize Draws: Fundraising Reward tickets are remitted to registrants on event day based on their fundraising. The more you fundraise, the more tickets you receive. On event day, registrants select which Prize Draws to place their tickets towards to increase their chances to win.
  • 1 km Dog Walk: To close the event to empower families both directly and indirectly affected with autism.

For more information e-mail kristaleitham@autismspeakscan.ca  or log on t o   www.autismspeaks.ca.

 


Dogs on leashes will now be allowed in these parks

The new by-law regulating dogs in Cote Saint-Luc was adopted by council on June 11 by a 7-1 vote. As the councillor responsible for Animal Protection I pledged to work towards permitting dogs on leashes in most parks. A  Dog Owners Committee was established in January and the individuals part of that group played an important role in the realization of this legislation.
 
 In particular the new by-law requires that dogs must be on a leash and held at all time and owners must pick up their dog's droppings or face fines. Dogs are now allowed in certain parks with the following provisions: they cannot be within nine  meters of a playground or splash pad nor on the premises of a public pool, wading pool or on any sports field or in Veteran's Park.
 
Below are the parks where dogs on leashes will be permitted by the week of June 18. Special new signage is being prepared. Thanks to CSL Public Safety Director (and dog owner) Jordy Reichson for all of his hard work.
 

DISTRICT 1

DISTRICT 2

DISTRICT 3                  DISTRICT 4             

DISTRICT 4

Aaron Hart
Harold Greenspon
Aumont
 
 
Rembrandt
Marc Chagall
Ashkelon Gardens
Irving Singerman          Prud'homme
Silverson                      Richard Schwartz
                                   Fletcher
•Prud’homme
•Richard Schwartz
•Fletcher

DISTRICT 5

DISTRICT 6

DISTRICT 7

DISTRICT 8

Yitzhak Rabin
Kirwan
Emerald
 
Pierre-Elliot Trudeau
Ruth Kovac
Imagination
Mitchell Brownstein
Arthur Zygielbaum
Eric Helfield
Fyon
Nathan Shuster
 

Public Consultation meeting for new by-law regulating dogs is on Monday, June 11

During the last election campaign and even prior to that, dog owners repeatedly approached me with one wish: to please allow them to walk their pets on leashes in public parks.

When Mayor Mitchell Brownstein once again assigned me the Animal Protection portfolio, I immediately set the wheels in motion to establish the city’s first ever Dog Owners Committee. Our first meeting was held in January and over the past six months membership has grown.  I wish to thank Interim Chairman Jonathan Goldman, committee members and in particular  Councillors Mitch Kujavsky and Oren Sebag (both dog owners)  for their support. From a staff point of  view, Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson (also a dog owner) has gone the extra mile to draft a brand new updated by-law25609 to regulate dogs in the city. Chiefly our work has focused on finding some middle ground to allow dogs on leashes in parks Last summer we did a trial at a few very small parks and it went well.

Click here to see the beginnings of the new section on the Côte Saint-Luc website dedicated to dogs.

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On Monday night, June 11 (7:30 pm) we will hold a public consultation meeting on the by-law, following which it will be on the regular council agenda that evening for passage. The majority of council is in favor of this long overdue adjustment. Part of the mandate of our Dog Owners Committee is to empower members to ensure that anyone they see walking a dog picks up after dog with a plastic bag on hand. We are also making sure the two Dog Runs, so well looked after by our Public Works Department, remain in a good state.

Here are some of the pertinent articles of the by-law that will be presented on Monday. Pay special attention to Article 4.4 Parks and Public Spaces.

Article 2.1 – Obligation

Every Guardian of a Dog must purchase a License issued by the City annually, indicating the breed, gender, colour and name of the Dog, the address where it resides and provide a copy of the veterinary records as stipulated below. For more details click here.

Article 2.3 – Veterinary records

The Guardian of a Dog must provide proof that the Dog has been inoculated against rabies issued by a Veterinarian and that the effectiveness of the said inoculation covers the reference year.

For the purpose of obtaining a discount on the cost of the License as set out in Annex A of the present By-law, the Guardian must also provide a confirmation that a Dog has been spayed or neutered.

If a Dog cannot be inoculated for whatever reason, a note so indicating issued by a Veterinarian must be presented by the Guardian of a Dog for the purpose of obtaining a License.

Article 2.3 – Validity

All Dogs must have a License valid for each Reference Year, which begins on May 1 of each calendar year and ends on April 30 of the following calendar year.

Article 3.2 – Leaving a Dog unattended

It shall be unlawful to leave a Dog unattended, for example tied to a post or other street furniture on the Public Domain, for more than fifteen (15) minutes.

Article 3.4 – Number of Dogs per dwelling unit

It shall be unlawful to keep more than four (4) Dogs in the same dwelling unit, including its adjacent structures.

Article 3.5 – Litters

Notwithstanding the preceding article, in the event that a female Dog gives birth to a litter, the Guardian may keep the puppies for a period not to exceed six (6) months.

Article 4.1 – Leash

The Guardian of a Dog must affix a Leash to every Dog that is on the Public Domain or on the private domain of another Person. The Leash must be held at all times in the control of a Person capable of restraining the Dog.

Article 4.2 – Excrement

The Guardian of a Dog is required to pick up all excrement emitted by the Dog, collect it in an appropriate compostable receptacle and dispose of it in accordance with the law.

Article 4.4 – Parks and Public Spaces

Dogs on a Leash are permitted in City parks and public spaces, unless indicated by a Sign, with the exception of:

  1. Playgrounds and within nine (9) meters thereof;
  2. Public swimming pools and wading pools and within the enclosures that surround them;
  3. Splash pads and within nine (9) meters thereof;
  4. On a sports field (e.g. baseball diamond, soccer pitch, tennis court, skate park, skating rink, etc.);
  5. In a Park where a special event organized or sanctioned by the City is being held (e.g. Canada Day).

Article 4.8 – Dog Run

It shall be unlawful to enter a Dog Run outside of the posted hours.

Article 4.1 requiring a Leash shall not apply inside of a Dog Run.

Where the Dog Run is separated into separate sections for large Dogs and small Dogs, the Guardian of the Dog shall keep the Dog in the appropriate section.

Article 5.1 – Definition

For the purpose of the application of the present By-law, a Dog can be declared dangerous if the Dog:

  1. has a propensity, potential or disposition to attack, bite, threaten, chase, or injure, with or without provocation, any Persons, property or other animals; or
  2. with or without provocation or physical injury, attacks, bites, threatens, chases, or injures a Person, property, or other animal; or
  3. has been trained for dog fighting or to attack upon a command.

Article 5.2 – Designation

A Designated Authority may declare a Dangerous Dog and issue a Muzzle order, in writing and delivered by the City or by certified mail or by bailiff to the Guardian of the Dog. Said Muzzle order takes effect within five (5) days of its delivery to the Guardian.

Article 5.3 – Muzzle order

In addition to a Leash, the Guardian of a Dangerous Dog must securely attach a Muzzle to the Dangerous Dog when on the Public Domain or on the private domain of a Person that is not the Guardian of the Dangerous Dog.

Article 5.4 – Lifting of a Muzzle order

The Guardian of a Dog may request in writing that the City lift an issued Muzzle order, upon presentation of an attestation by a Veterinarian that the Dangerous Dog has undergone training or procedure and no longer meets the definitions of the present By-law. The City will examine the documentation provided and render its decision in writing to the Guardian within 90 days.

I hope to see Dog Owners out on Monday!

 

 

 

 

 


Jonathan Goldman appointed interim chairman of the CSL Dog Owners Committee

During the last election campaign I pledged to create the city’s first ever Dog Owners Committee.

A first meeting was convened in January, calling upon all interested parties and we have had three more since. I am pleased to see that a committed group of dog owners are coming together and significant progress on a number of fronts is already occurring. For one thing, each meeting provides an excellent forum of ideas – many of which have never been explored before.

A new Dogs bylaw is expected to be introduced at the May 14 council meeting. It was drafted by our Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, a dog owner. A new Facebook page called CSL Central Bark (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cslcentralbark) was recently launched and numbers are already climbing so spread the word.

Two other members of council who own dogs, Oren Sebag and Mitch Kujavsky, are members of the committee.

Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Goldman as interim chair of the committee. We hope to follow this up in due time with an interim executive.

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Oren Sebag and I welcome Jonathan Goldman aboard.

 

Jonathan has been a resident of Côte Saint-Luc for over 35 years. He has always been involved directly or behind the scenes with the city, working for four years for Parks and Recreation at the Tennis Courts (Rembrandt, Wagar) in his youth, as well as a fill-in driver. He was employed in our Public Works Department as a seasonal student worker for three years as well. 

After graduating from  Concordia University with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce - International Business, he travelled the world for a year, moving from country to country through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia eventually returning to Montreal a year later briefly before moving to Israel and working in the high technology sector for two and half years. 

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Jonathan and Rocket.



As a Côte Saint-Luc entrepreneur, Jonathan manages two business ventures: a consulting firm known as ICECAP Solutions,  which offers e-commerce solutions for small and medium business providing website, graphical, technical, and brand & marketing consulting;  and PGG Group Inc., a conglomerate of company brands which sell merchandise on the internet with the primary brand being Gem & Harmony, a growing online jewelry retailer.

Jonathan is supported by his loving wife Sivan Rehan, and his two children Eric and Arielle who with dog Rocket comprise the Goldman Clan. Most of his extended family still live in Côte Saint-Luc, including his parents on Wentworth, where he grew up and his sister Joy Goldman and her family.

Rocket is a five year old male Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (SWISSY), a handsome and majestic breed with a very positive attitude. Rocket is well known at the Mackle Road Dog Run for his size, and demeanor. In the neighbourhood his unique look and overfriendliness makes him instantly recognizable to many in the area.

I would like to thank Jonathan for stepping up in this leadership role and welcome anyone interested in joining our committee to send an email to mcohen@cotesaintluc.org and to please join the Facebook page.

 


How many dogs are licensed in each district?

Thanks to Côte Saint-Luc's Director of Public Safety Jordy Reichson I can share with you these interesting statistics regarding how many  dogs were licensed in each electoral district for 2017-18.

District 5 

Councillor Mitchell Kujavsky 123

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Mitch Kujavsky's dog Milo.

District 8   

Councillor Ruth Kovac 117


District 4   

Councillor Steven Erdelyi  115


District 2     

Yours Truly 102


District 6     

Councillor David Tordjman 93


District 1     

Councillor Oren Sebag 92


District 3     

Councillor Dida Berku 86


District 7 

Councillor SIdney Benizri 57

That is 662 registered dogs. I am sure there are many more than that!

A few weeks ago I held the first gathering of dog owners in the city. It was the beginning of a process  to start a new committee. In the coming weeks city council will consider new rules to allow dogs in parks. I have asked Jonathan Goldman and Darren Rapkowski, two dog owners, to meet  and put together some initial goals. They will then call another brainstorming session. Abe Haim remains my point man for the main dog run on Mackle Road. We will find someone to do the same when a second dog run opens on Côte Saint-Luc Road near Richard Schwartz Park..

 


Many issues discussed at first Dog Owners Forum

As the city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I have worked closely with many pet owners over the last number of years. I am particularly proud to have founded the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee eight years ago. Thanks to our original leader Shelley Schecter and now Diane Liebling, a small group of volunteers are doing fantastic work. The time has indeed come for a Côte Saint-Luc Dog Owners Committee to be formally established.

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Abe Haim

Two years ago, with the help of people like Abe Haim and Jason Balinsky, we created a Côte Saint-Luc Dog Run Advisory Committee. Abe chiefly served as my main liaison and as a result of his good work a number of improvements have been made to the Mackle Road facility. A second dog run on Côte Saint-Luc Road, between Richard Schwartz Park and Meadowbrook Golf Course, is near completion.

During the last election campaign many candidates, including myself, heard from people who agreed that a full-fledged Dog Owners Committee would be welcomed. On Monday evening, January 8 at City Hall, I co-hosted the first Dog Owners Forum with Councillors Oren Sebag, Mitchell Kujavsky (both dog owners) and Steven Erdelyi (whose perseverance brought us the newest dog run).  Jordy Reichson, our Director of Public Safety, was a special guest speaker. It his department that applies the bylaws related to dogs. Diane Liebling joined us as well to explain the process behind forming such a committee.

With poor weather conditions and a nasty flu making the rounds, we were pleased to have some 30 people on hand. Joel Goldenberg was there from The Suburban Newspaper, so our message will get out to a larger audience.

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Henry Abramowicz, Jordy Reichson, Mitchell Kujavsky, Steven Erdelyi, Oren Sebag, myself, Abe Haim, Essie Amiga, Barry Jaslovitz and Jonathan Goldman after the meeting.

 

DOGS IN PARKS

There is indeed a movement among dog owners to walk their pets in public parks.  Our bylaws state that all dogs must be kept on a leash throughout the year when in a public place.  Until just over a year ago, dogs were not allowed in any public parks and playgrounds. We agreed to a pilot project in some smaller parks: Aaron Hart Park along David Lewis St; Harold Greenspoon Park on Borden Ave.; the green space between Marc Chagall Ave. and the parking lot of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre; the green space on Baily Rd. between Northluc and Cavendish; the green space on Baily Rd. between Lyndale and Glencrest; and a section of Kirwan Park between Blossom and Wentworth. It worked out very well and I did not get one single complaint. If we have responsible dog owners who pick up after their canines and keep them on leashes, then this can work.

There are several municipalities on the island that allow dogs in parks, notably Westmount. Based on the feedback from our meeting, I will bring some proposed amendments to our council with the support of Councillors Sebag, Kujavsky and Erdelyi.

As Director Reichson noted, our proposal could include dogs permitted in parks on a leash, but not in the areas of playgrounds or splash pads. We would have to make sure there is a sufficient   buffer zone.  Tamar Hertz asked if we might consider designating one park where no dogs would be allowed at all. Director Reichson pointed out that it might make more sense to cordon off an area in a large park to achieve this same purpose. It was also pointed out that additional signage will be required in our parks.

Essie Amiga asked if we could allow dogs to run free on fields that are empty in the winter or during the day at certain times of the year.

CLEANING UP AFTER YOUR DOG

Most dog owners are responsible, carry plastic bags when walking their dogs and throw the waste in a garbage can (Councillor Erdelyi noted that dog poop is compostable). It was suggested that perhaps our dog bylaw should include a fine for someone not carrying a bag.  What a great idea and something we will bring to council.

DOG RUNS

Abe Haim spoke about the work he has done with the main dog run. Besides being an excellent contact for me, he has regularly surveyed dog owners. As a result we now have a fence separating small and large dogs and some brand new lighting. Councillor Erdelyi then spoke about the new dog run, which is 95 percent complete. He credited Rona Raie for persistently pushing for such a facility on that side of town. This dog run will include water fountains for humans and canines. It is smaller than the one on Mackle Road. As a result there is no space for a dividing fence.  This Dog Run also doubles as a nature path. People are being asked not to park their cars immediately next to the area as it is a narrow road.

Nancy Sculnick, who was unable to attend the meeting, suggested that someone open up a commercial indoor dog park like this one.  Mackle Road resident Steve Stein is already exploring the idea.

MORE GARBAGE CANS

A number of people asked if the city can install more garbage cans. Councillor Erdelyi noted that we purchased 120 new specialized cans with dual bins for garbage and recyclable material. About 50 more are on the way and naturally we want to have them properly located so dog owners can use them.

EDUCATION

We need to educate people about dogs. “Kid for instance,” said Councillor Kujavsky, “need to be taught how to properly approach dogs.”

Abe Haim believes dog owners should have to take courses on how to properly look after their pets.

Someone else suggested that license renewal takes place, each dog owner should be presented with a list of responsibilities – as well as a plastic bag!

LICENSES


All dog owners must ensure that their dog has an annual license, payable on the first day of May each year. The annual license fee for each dog that is neutered or spayed is $20. The annual license fee for each dog that is not neutered or spayed is $30. The owner of a dog has to show proof that the dog was vaccinated against rabies before the owner can be issued an annual dog license. Some people at the meeting said that they were never asked for such papers. We will look into this,

FORMATION OF A COMMITTEE

It was encouraging to see that each person who attended the meeting expressed an interest in serving on a committee.  We will no doubt get many more names in the weeks and months ahead. My hope is to see them get organized like the Cats Committee and create sub-committees to focus on the dog runs, education, social media and feedback to me as their direct contact on council. We also want to hear the voices of non-dog owners and be respectful of their concerns. We have rules in our city dealing with wild and vicious dogs and people should always call Public Security if they run into a situation like that. You can read our bylaws here.