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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
There are maybe 10 or 12 / things I could teach you / after that you're on your own
— A.C. Newman, There are Maybe 10 or 12
November 2, 2005
Whales and Dogs

There has never been a more blatant vote grab than this.

Vancouver has two types of people - dog people, and people who complain about dog people. I lean towards the latter, as I’m fairly ambivalent about dogs.

The dog people have complained for years about not having enough off leash areas but I’m goin to let our elected Park Board in on a little secret: they’re never going to be happy. There will never be enough off leash dog areas.

It’s the same problem as Annelise Sorg and her campaign to keep whales and dolphins out of captivity. Why are we wasting our time putting what is, essentially, a scientific issue to a public vote? If Annelise and her whale lobby lose, she will not stop complaining just because you held a referendum.

As for dogs, I’ve got no inherent problem with off-leash parks except that many dog owners tend to treat all parks as off-leash parks. What’s the point in creating these zones, if the rules and regulations aren’t enforced? I relize they are, but not to any great extent.

Dog owners need to be made responsible for their dog’s behaviour, and this responsibility needs to be enforced. Creating more off leash dog parks isn’t going to change anything. It’s a blatant vote grab in a city full of dog owners.

Posted by skooter at 8:20 AM This entry is filed under Politics, Vancouver.
This entry is tagged: Vancouver, Whales

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