Imagine dog parks where the reincarnated essence of Ayn Rand could sniff, piddle and run without societal restraint. One Toronto councillor thinks dogs should have more space, and more time off-leash. Some of the city's residents aren't so lassie faire. The debate between dog-owners and non-dog-owners is one of the hottest debates we have in his country.
Part Two of The CurrentDogs off-leash - City Councillor
There's a real dog fight brewing in Canadians cities. It's between pet owners who like to let their dogs off the leash in the park -- and those who wish they wouldn't. We heard from some people who were enjoying the sunshine in Vancouver yesterday in parks with off-leash areas.
One Toronto City Councillor says his city needs more off-leash time for dogs... for their own sake, and for the community's sake. Denzil Minnan-Wong
is asking the city to study whether Toronto could benefit from having more times for dogs to roam, run and play leash-free in public parks. He was in our Toronto studio. Dogs off-leash - Dog Owner
We spoke with Jennifer Mullen. She's a Toronto resident who isn't crazy about this idea. And neither are her two dogs.Dogs off-leash - Taryn Graham
Taryn Graham is a Masters student affiliated with the Healthy Communities Research Network
at the University of Waterloo. She's researching dog parks. While she believes there should be some designated off leash areas in parks, roaming dogs just aren't necessarily a good mix with cyclists, ball players and barefoot toddlers.
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