This item was removed from the Consent Agenda.
The following letters were provided:
Requesting to Speak:
- Ricky Deitner, Alpha Adventures, dated February 23, 2020; and
- Ethan Sawchuk, dated February 23, 2020
- Amy Mark, dated February 13, 2020;
- Lynsay Haanstra, Wolf Pack Adventures, dated February 16, 2020;
- Talia Soparlo, dated February 16, 2020;
- Donna Wasden, dated February 17, 2020;
- Curtis Olson, dated February 17, 2020;
- Janice Wall, dated February 18, 2020;
- Keitha McClocklin, dated February 18, 2020;
- Donna Wasden,dated February 18, 2020;
- Mary Fraser, dated February 19, 2020;
- Karlee Garand, dated February 19, 2020;
- Nikki Huber, dated February 20, 2020;
- Jennifer Fairbairn, dated February 23, 2020;
- Jan Felling, dated February 23, 2020;
- Larissa Link, dated February 23, 2020;
- Lisa Helfrick, dated February 23, 2020;
- Lynsay Haanstra, dated February 23, 2020;
- Teanna Corozel, dated February 23, 2020;
- Liz Chapman, dated February 23, 2020; and
- Renée Beauchamp, Canadian Dog Walkers Association, dated February 24, 2020
Councillor Hill presented the item as Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services, noting the popular area of discussion and which attracted communications is around the proposed amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw that would limit the number of dogs per person in off-leash areas.
Ricky Deitner, a professional dog walker and trainer, spoke against the proposed limitation, noting a pack of up to 10 dogs is required to train effectively. He suggested perhaps a permit or licensing system could be implemented and answered questions of Council.
Ethan Sawchuk presented his concerns to Council on the various implications of limiting the number of dogs, and requested removal of the proposed amendment pending further investigation. He answered questions of Council.
General Manager, Community Services Lacroix and Director of Community Development Roberts answered questions of Council with respect to the recommendation of the working group, public engagement, bylaw enforcement and municipal scans.