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2014-02-24 at 22:13

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City by-law manager Ron Bourret.
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
City by-law manager Ron Bourret.
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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

The city shouldn't limit the amount of pets a person can have administration says.

Along with an overview of Animal Services, an information-only report to city council Monday night highlighted problems cities with pet limits have. Administration found that the law is arbitrary, hurts rescue shelters and is difficult to enforce. City by-law manager Ron Bourret said it also hurts those people who keep multiple pets with no issues. It's unfair to target everyone.

"Why should they be impacted?" he said.

In most cases where problems arise, Bourret said there are underlying mental health factors. It's one of the reasons the city now has a hoarding committee, which includes social workers and emergency services officials, to help.

"Let's deal with the sick people," he said.

Bourret said the city will start with humane care issues, of which there were 11 cases last year. According to the report, of the 2,782 calls to Animal Services last year nearly 800 were for confined animals.

City council also heard that administration is looking to hand out $250 fines for people caught smoking in prohibited areas like the hospital property, beaches and playgrounds. While mainly complaint driven, by-law enforcement officers would be able to ticket people when caught.


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progress now says:
Makes sense to me.
2/24/2014 10:19:54 PM
Ozone says:
Definitely, now where is Ruberto so he start grand standing on the pet issue and how we need to limit pets people have. Good ole Aldo wants to run thunder bay like a police state. Good job Ron on keeping things simple and practical!
2/25/2014 4:22:40 PM
Vanity says:
Bylaw sure does not enforce a lot of things, pets running off leash, signs people just throw up, bylaw sees it but; if no one complained bylaw just lets it go. Councillor Ruberto is trying to get help to enforce by laws and Angus defects to the Human Society who run up money euthanizing cats that we the home owner have to trap and deliver. If we limit # of pets or no pets on Apts. we are helping the animal as well as the rest of the buildings dwellers and future dwellers. Animals need outdoor space to run free like in their yard .
2/24/2014 10:43:44 PM
kaseybear says:
I am sorry, but not every pet needs a yard. I have always had large breed dogs my entire life. I have a large fenced yard now, but up until 4 years ago i lived in apartments. All my dogs lived long full lives and were happy. You actually suggested no pets in apartments. With that, a lonely senior living in an apartment would not be allowed to have a cat or small dog to keep them company.
2/25/2014 10:50:22 AM
tadzup says:
Good, now lets never waste Council's time with that ridiculous proposal again.

Looking forward to seeing how Bylaw will make improvements in ways that dont unfairly target the innocent.
2/25/2014 7:22:17 AM
whatelseisnew says:
I can understand no smoking at a play ground but on a beach? These by-laws are getting to be ridiculous to the point of wasting resources on senseless petty ideologies that have no business even being enforced. I guess being outside to smoke just isn't good enough any more for these people that actually "called in" which if you're calling in for something as stupid as this you need your head examined.

Next time I see a beached whale washed up on the sand (which disgusts me) I will be calling the city to mandate a by-law on people over a certain weight as they have no business exposing my eyes to that mess of stretch marks and cottage cheese. If I can't have rights why should anyone else. Oh, and don't forget ticketing the sun too for its cancerous UV rays..SMFH..fun time in Tbay is over.
2/25/2014 8:18:55 AM
Professional Victim says:
I might not be the fittest person, but why are you targeting me by calling Ron Bourret? I will be consulting my lawyer.
2/25/2014 9:27:51 AM
smartguy83 says:
Could not be more excited about the prospect of going to the beach and not having to inhale that disgusting cigarette smoke.
2/25/2014 10:23:18 AM
broken says:
@whatelseisnew - your eyes won't get cancer from looking at a 'beached whale' no matter how long you stare.

people do however get cancer from 2nd hand cigarette smoke..

guessing it's more of a heath & safety issue than an issue of which is more disgusting to people..

but ya, your right to smoke around others (who don't smoke) is really what's at stake here.. how dare they!!
2/25/2014 9:16:01 AM
Dan Dan says:
This seems to be way off topic, but if we're going to be banning smoking, let's acknowledge that we're doing it for people's sensibilities and NOT for health reasons. The concept that "second-hand smoke" causes cancer is a myth that has been disproven long ago - but many people still seem to believe it.
2/25/2014 1:42:07 PM
tbay87 says:
Granted I don't have any real proof, but I doubt when we're talking about outdoors that there is much of a health concern. The smoke is going to get diluted pretty quickly and dissipate, it's not like indoors where it can get trapped by the building for people to continuously breathe in.

Let's call a spade a spade: outdoor smoke bans are about comfort not safety.
2/25/2014 4:11:16 PM
whatelseisnew says:
Second hand cigarette smoke should really be the absolute least of peoples worries and concerns.

Personally I'm much more afraid of the radiation still spewing and leaking out of the Fukushima power plant. Maybe that major problem should be solved first as it is slowing killing everybody and everything! Priorities people!
2/26/2014 10:39:49 AM
terwilliger says:
please stop staring at me while i tan, it makes me feel uncomfortable, i have a gladular condition. Ron Bourret your my hero, i dont like second hand smoke
2/25/2014 10:10:02 AM
Arch Stanton says:
..... because we really don't have more important things to worry about!!!!!
2/25/2014 10:19:59 AM
whatelseisnew says:
What I'm trying to say here is as if the police don't have better things to do then busy cigarette smokers smoking outside close to a lake. And don't give me that crap about second hand smoke killing you because it's not like it being blown directly in your face in a confined space; WE ARE OUTSIDE! Diesel engines idling in a Tim Hortons drive thru will kill you a hell of a lot quicker then cigarette smoke in the great outdoors.

As for the whale insult I'm sorry but I did need to make a ridiculous comparison example of how stupid a complaint like this would be. For the record...seeing that does have serious health risks to myself. Examples include loss of apatite, nausea, confusion as to how and burning of the retinas. See....health risks I don't feel the need to be subject to!
2/25/2014 6:04:47 PM
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