Montreal target of boycotts, petitions and celebrity takedowns over pit bull ban
Singer Cyndi Lauper calls ban 'sad day for Montreal'

Montreal’s new pit bull ban is being condemned by animal-rights activists across North America, with petitions against the policy garnering thousands of signatures and celebrities voicing their concern.

Others are threatening to boycott the city altogether until the ban is overturned.

“Make a commitment that you will not visit Montreal or contribute any money to their economy, until they repeal this ban,” reads the text of a New York-based petition against the ban.

The petition has amassed more than 60,000 signatures.

“These are innocent dogs,” Amy Calmann, the New York resident who started the petition, told CBC Montreal’s Homerun. “They have done absolutely nothing and we want the mayor to understand how serious we are, that the U.S. is standing by Montreal.”

“We are there to do whatever we can to help.”

Another petition, supported by organizations across Canada, has collected more than 150,000 signatures.

“As long as you have breed-specific language in your laws, we will boycott the city of Montreal,” that petition reads.

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Coming to Ste. Catherine St. under construction: giant inflated tunnels[CTV]

But actually Montreal ARE YOU OKAY?

The contest to determine the best idea cost $170,000, and Kanva will get $800,000 for its concept. [Cool contest budget, where’d it come from? Also, actual image from the judging.]

The inflatable structures, and the cost to move them, is estimated at $2.8 million – for a total cost of $3.8 million. [Cute estimate.]

City officials say the inflatables will be used to cover Ste. Catherine St. – which will be off limits to vehicles– starting in late 2017. [Cars will have to take the streets that are open to traffic like… we’ll get back to you.]

The last estimate, in 2015, called for construction to finish by 2019 and cost $95 million as decrepit sewers and water mains are replaced, and other problems under the commercial artery are repaired. [Merely prioties.]

Montreal wants to embed tubes with liquid anti-freeze below the sidewalks, which will be heated electrically. [We can’t push some gravel in a hole but anti-freeze, yes, pourquoi pas? Why not put some anti-freeze dans le vin while you’re at it?]

Montreal is examining the possibility of having crews work 24 hours per day, 7 days a week on the project. [Construction holiday still on..?]

But really just go read it all and just remind yourself today is the Autumn Equinox and not, in fact, April 1, and also welcome our new city mascot. #staypuft


if you guys still think Canada is the perfect place to be

I just had the pleasure to listen to the most popular radio spend ten minutes where three people complained about an article read online, where an first-nation woman was asking people to stop wearing “indian costumes” at Halloween. (yeah they used “indian”)

  • We always dressed up like this when we were young! It’s part of our culture! 
  • That little girl is losing her time, she needs attention. There are much more productive ways to get attention.
  • When I dress up as an “indian” I don’t see it as an insult.
  • Discussions like this only divide people. We should work at uniting First Nations and Canadians.
  • 2 years ago at Coachella they asked us to stop wearing the feathers, it was completely unfair.
  • They don’t want us to dress up for Halloween, but they still wear the feathered hat when their big chefs meet important people!

And so much more, so much disdain towards the woman who wrote the article, so much white privilege, so little respect. I am angry and nauseated.

(Source: CKOI 96,9, Thursday September 22, around 4h30pm)


Points of View by Gabriela Tulian

Montreal SPCA taking city's controversial pit bull bylaw to court
Animal welfare agency wants sections on 'pit bull-type dogs' declared illegal

Montreal’s SPCA will ask the Quebec Superior Court to review the city’s new animal control bylaw in a bid to have the sections targeting “pit bull-type dogs” declared illegal.

The SPCA said the action will be presented at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday.

The bylaw, which will ban new ownership of pit bulls and pit-bull type dogs, was passed by city council on Tuesday, and goes into effect Oct. 3.

But the SPCA wants the sections of the new bylaw concerning “pit bull-type dogs” declared illegal on the following grounds:

  • It discriminates by creating additional and punitive obligations for owners and guardians of pit bull-type dogs, which the SPCA argues are not dangerous.
  • It is “vague and imprecise” in its definition of pit bull-type dogs and makes it “impossible to know which dogs fall into this category.”
  • It fails to include a means to challenge the designation of a dog as a pit bull-type breed.
  • It contravenes Article 898.1 of the Civil Code of Quebec, which grants animals the status of sentient beings, as well as sections of the Animal Welfare and Safety Act.
  • It is unreasonable that the bylaw treats all pit bull-type dogs as dangerous dogs despite what the agency says is the lack of credible evidence that they are inherently dangerous.

Animal rights advocates have criticized the bylaw, pointing out that many cities that have implemented similar legislation have since repealed the laws.

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Northern Lights DSC_3449 by Ian Diamond
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Northern Lights along the banks of the Rupert River.

No more new pit bulls in Montreal after city council adopts bylaw
Under the new bylaw, current pits bulls must be sterilized and muzzled in public.

Montreal has adopted its controversial pit bull ban following a heated debate among local politicians.  

City council voted 37-23 this afternoon in favour of adopting the bylaw, which includes a ban on new pit bull-type dogs and restrictions on those currently in the city.

They must be sterilized and also be muzzled when in public.

Mayor Denis Coderre says the law was drafted with safety in mind following several attacks, including one last June that resulted in the death of a 55-year-old woman in her backyard.

Some opposition councillors tried to persuade the Coderre administration to shelve the bylaw so it could be reworked.

Other Quebec cities have recently adopted similar bans and such laws are also on the books in some other Canadian cities.

But detractors say breed-specific legislation has been proven to be ineffective in reducing dog bites.

The emotional debate has raged for months and isn’t likely to end with Tuesday’s vote.

Opponents of the breed-specific ban have promised legal challenges to the bylaw, which is expected to go into effect Oct. 3.