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April 15, 2014

"Ontario One Million Mutt March To End BSL"

Mutt March Logo

Since last July we have been watching One Million Pibble March on Washington DC. To show unity in North America BSL Awareness & Ontario "Pit Bull" Co-op would like to invite those wanting to participate but unable to attend due to commitments in Ontario to our Toronto event. Together we can be one with Washington on May 3rd!

Where: Queens Park, Toronto

When: Saturday, May 3rd at 1pm - 4pm

FaceBook link to the event and RSVP


* Also, please sign and share the link to Randy Hillier's petition to Repeal BSL in Ontario found HERE

February 19, 2014

"Letter to the Attorney General from MPP Randy Hillier"

The original letter can be viewed here. For those that cannot view the letter on Mr. Hillier's site, the contents of the letter are below.

In this letter to Attorney General Gerretsen, Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, enquires why the government has made no effort to repeal Ontario's failed breed specific legislation.

"Dear Attorney General Gerretsen,

Almost two years ago, the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills ordered the Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2012  for third reading.

After being voted for by members of all parties, committee members heard from members of the scientific, veterinary and animal welfare communities as to the necessity of passing the Bill, the Committee ordered it for third reading without amendment. Despite those facts, your government has refused to call the Bill forward for third reading or to call its current iteration Bill 112 for debate.

I'm asking you to reconsider that decision. Studies from reputed institutions around the world, like the University of British Columbia and the Government of New South Wales, have shown that so-called “pit bulls” are no more aggressive than other dogs and are not responsible for any more dog bites. Additionally, evidence from Canada, the United States and Europe all points to the fact the jurisdictions most successful at addressing dog bite problems are the jurisdictions which punish law-breaking and malignant dog owners, and not family pets.

In the past ten years of your government, thousands of law-abiding Canadian dog owners have seen their family pets seized and slaughtered without cause. When will you finally reverse this woeful law?

Finally, I would remind you that your government has been petitioned by tens of thousands of Ontario residents that would like to see this law changed, and that the government has an obligation to ensure your policies are consistent with the expectations of the people under whose authority you govern. I look forward to your timely and favourable reply.


Randy Hillier, MPP Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington"

October 11, 2013

"SBTCC Rescue Co-ordinator"

The position of Rescue Co-ordinator for the club has been filled by Candy Beauchamp.

Candy can be reached via email: or phone: (613) 596-9323

October 3, 2013

"Important BSL Update from MPP Randy Hillier"

This week I reintroduced our Bill to end BSL.   I've updated our petition to reflect the new Bill.  Please make sure to continue to share it with people who haven't yet signed. 

Conversations with the Premier

Premier Wynne always talks about her desire to have "conversations" with the people of Ontario. Unfortunately, after over 8,000 of us asked for a conversation about ending BSL - a conversation members of all political parties agreed with and wanted - none of us have even chatted with her. 

Luckily for us, Premier Wynne apparently wants ideas on how to make this province better. She has set up a website to get feedback.   Please visit the Liberals at Common Ground   to make your opinion known.

You may contact the Premier by emailing her at or

Friends, together we can make Ontario a better province, a province without BSL.

Best regards,

Randy Hillier, MPP


To see video of the Bill's introduction in the legislature, click HERE

September 16, 2013

"CBC Story - Squibs and Belle"

Ontario MPP tries again to end pitbull ban

Conservative Randy Hillier to re-introduce bill that would end breed-specific bans

Pit bull owners in Ottawa say they hope a local MPP's bill to end breed-specific dog banning is successful its second time through Queen's Park.

Randy Hillier, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington, is re-introducing Bill 16, which would essentially end the eight-year-old ban on owning pit bulls in Ontario.

Squibs Mercier with pit bull terrier

Dog owner Squibs Mercier with Vicky, her eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier. (CBC)

Squibs Mercier said her eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Vicky was born just before the ban came into place, so she could keep her dog without breaking the law and facing stiff fines.

"Our breed is slowly being destroyed, which is so sad," she said.

Belle Severn bred Staffordshires for more than 30 years, but was forced to stop when the province labelled pit bulls as aggressive and dangerous.

"(I was) very angry, very broken-hearted, very disappointed in the government for allowing it to happen," she said.

"Blame the dog that has committed the crime, not the whole breed. And most of all blame the person on the other end of the leash."

Humane Society says other dogs are aggressive as well

The Ottawa Humane Society said it has taken in more than 80 pit bulls since 2006, finding them homes in other provinces.

Executive Director Bruce Roney said the number of times a pit bull bite is in the news shouldn't be reason for discriminating against them.

Bruce Roney Ottawa Humane Society

Bruce Roney, the executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society, said pit bulls shouldn't be singled out. (CBC)

"I think people should be concerned about aggressive behaviour in dogs and dogs biting, but that's not exclusive to pit bulls," he said.

"All breeds of dogs — given certain circumstances — are going to bite. And the way to manage it isn't to identify one breed as bad or worse than the other."

Hillier said he plans to re-introduce his bill in the coming weeks at Queen's Park.


To see video of the story, click HERE

September 7, 2013

"TV Alert"

"Fido & Wine" Pet Network (Shaw Satellite and Rogers cable)  Also available on-line

SBTCC Executive members, Vice-President Tracy Dineley and President Clive Wilkinson, accompanied by two Staffies, were interviewed on camera for an episode that addresses the pitbull ban in Ontario.

This show will air sometime in October, we believe.  Please watch for details as we know them. 

September 6, 2013

"SBTCC AGM Conference Call"

For this year's AGM we are attempting to have as many members as possible take part in a conference call on the evening of September 28, 2013.

Please contact Belle as soon as possible and let her know you will participate. Once everything is set up with Bell Canada you will be contacted as to times and a number for you to call to be connected with everyone.

Items for the agenda should also be sent to Belle as soon as possible: or (613) 489-3158

September 6, 2013

"SBTCC Elections"

It's an Election Year!

The time has come once again to elect the board for The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada. 

You are encouraged to nominate members to the board.  Please note the cut off date for the receipt of the nomination(s) is September 30.

Nominees for the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary must be members in good standing with the Canadian Kennel Club.

The term of office is two (2) years and we hope you will become involved in the election process.

If you have any questions, you can contact any member of the Executive.

September 6, 2013

"News from Queen's Park"

Reintroducing a Bill to end BSL in Ontario

I originally introduced Bill 16 because I felt that Ontario's Dog Owner's Liability Act was unfair to both dogs and to their owners. The fact that we have laws that allow officious bureaucrats to invade someone's home without a warrant, seize a dog without any proof it poses a danger and kill them should offend any reasonable person's sense of justice.

We've spent the last year trying to convince Ontario's Liberal Government that they should stand for justice by protecting dogs and protecting property owners. That's why nearly 8,100 petition signatures of people across Ontario have signed our petition to resurrect Bill 16 and end Ontario's disastrous breed specific legislation once and for all. Unfortunately, they are not budging. I think it's time to make a statement once again and that's why when the House returns from its summer break at the beginning of September, I'll be reintroducing a Bill to repeal Ontario's BSL laws. Please call and write your MPP telling them you support ending BSL.

Best Regards,
Randy Hillier, MPP

September 6, 2013

"Rescue Dog Available...can you help?"


Sophia is a mature bitch who is neither chipped or tattooed.  She was picked up in a shelter close to Ottawa in Gatineau.  Therefore, there is no proof she has been in Ottawa/Ontario thus making her prohibited (the shelter labeled her a boston terrier mix).

She is a "sweet little piglet" who loves her walks and playing fetch on the beach.  She is currently in a temporary spot with rescue group "Sit With Me" and they would love to find a good foster or adoptive home.

The SBTCC was made aware of this dog in late August.  Thanks to the Maggie Rescue Fund we have been able to send money to help cover the cost of her spay and other veterinary expenses. 

This girl is in need of a loving home. If you are interested (or if you recognize her) please contact Coleen or Kim (

November 7, 2012

"Bill 16 Update"

With McGuinty's prorogation of the Ontario Legislature Bill 16, as well as all other unfinished business before the house, died.  Legislation to amend DOLA will have to be re-introduced when the Ontario Legislature is called back into session by the new leader of the Liberal Party and is defeated by a vote of Confidence in the Legislature.  The party election for this person will take place on January 26, 2013.  The newly elected leader/Premier will then recall the Legislature in early to mid-February.  As this will be a new sitting a new budget for the province will have to presented.  This will give the two opposition parties who are in the majority the opportunity to defeat the Liberal Government and a new election will be called.  This election will be held in late April or early May if the events unfold as forecast.

Both Randy Hillier PC and Cheri DiNovo NDP, cosigners of Bill 16, have reiterated their positions to re-introduce a Private Member's Bill to take out the Breed Specific clauses in DOLA.  Hopefully, with a new party in power at Queen's Park, this new legislation will include the amendments that were presented to the committee reviewing Bill 16 that were voted down by the Liberals on the committee.  It is also possible that the party forming the new government will introduce the new legislation itself rather than waiting for a new Private Members Bill.

Everything hinges on two things happening:  one, the defeat of the current Liberal Government and two, the winning of the election by either the Progressive Conservative or New Democratic Party.  If the Liberals win the election we will be back to where we were seven years ago, with another four years to wait until the next election.

It is imperative that all members take the initiative to support the party of their choice to help defeat the Liberals in the election.  Some funds are available for political action in support of legislation that will bring to an end the Breed Specific Portion of the current DOLA legislation.

The Club and especially our Dogs need your unyielding support in this matter.


November 7, 2012

"SBTCC National Specialty 2012 Results"

BOB/BOW:  Cumhill Hellraiser,  Zane Smith
BOS/WB: Trugrip Summer Blues, Dana and Jenny Merritt, breeders,  Drazen Jerkovic, owner
BP/RWD/Best CAN Bred:   Clandara's Outlaw  Tracy Dineley
Best Veteran:   CH Distaff Touchdown Dance  Trudy Hanson
Best Bred By:    Trugrip Winter Prince. Merritt's breeders, Sharon Zylstra, Dana Merritt, owners
Altered:      Dlines Sole Survivor CGN RN.  Jeff Traversy, breeder, Samantha Andress owner
Best Brood Bitch:   CH Distaff Dark N Stormy. Breeder/Owners Trudy and Paul Hanson
Best in Puppy Sweeps: Clandara's Outlaw

Congratulations to all!

Many thanks to Linda Robinson, Trudy Hanson, Tracy Dineley, and Belle Severn for their work which made this Specialty a success.

October 19, 2012

"SBTCC National Specialty 2012"

Saturday, Oct. 27

Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre (Tradex),
1190 Cornell St. Abbotsford, BC
Show is indoors

Spectators welcome!

July 24, 2012

"2012 Staffie Walk in Claresholm, AB - August 11, 2012"

Let's make it bigger and better this year!

I live in a little town called Claresholm.  We are about 1 hour south of Calgary. 

This is our 7th year doing the Walk.  I am very excited this year.  I am hoping to have more than 50 Staffies this year.  Last year was a huge success with 42 Staffies and 60 people.

After the walk there will be a BBQ at my home with lots of great conversation about the breed.  It always amazes me when I see everyone in my back yard talking about their Staffies and their love of the breed.
Last year our dogs were great ambassadors for the bully breeds.  Each year as we walk many of the dogs on the side lines were barking and behaving badly.  The Staffies paid no attention to the misbehaving dogs. 

After the parade day, many of us from town were stopped and people were commenting on how well-behaved our dogs were.  They could not believe there were so many bully dogs in one stop and no dog fights. 

If you are interested in joining us for our walk and BBQ after, please contact me:

Jackie Liversuch    403 625 5565

I need everyone to be at my house by 10:30am Aug 11.  I do have this event on Facebook if you would like to join also. You can find it here:

I encourage all owners of bully breeds to educate people in their community and be breed ambassadors.

Here are some pictures from last year's walk

Stafford Walk 2011 Stafford Walk 2011
Stafford Walk 2011 Stafford Walk 2011

July 24, 2012

"Safe and Sound!"

Zane is no longer missing. He has been found, and is now safe and sound!

Missing Staffie Zane

May 10, 2012

"Stop Canine Profiling - Email Your MPP"

May 10, 2012

"Bill 16 - BSL Committee votes NO to Amendments - Randy Hillier"

May 10, 2012

"President's Message - Bill 16"

"Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer."  (Winston Churchill)

Well, people, were you actually surprised with what the Liberals did in Committee on May 9?

Their mistaken pride is getting in the way of fixing a bad law. We have to persuade people to write to their MPP's, whether a Liberal or not.

Many in that party do support the changes but the powers within the party will not let them express their own views. We have to give these members our support to speak out.

It is still going to be a fight, and perhaps a long fight but it is one that we must continue.  Our dogs and our breed depend on it. 

Please write to Mr. McGuinty or make an appointment to speak to your MPP.  Mr. Hillier has asked us to do this. 

Pat your dogs for me, 


The Queen's Park addresses to Ontario MPPs:

The constinuency addresses for Ontario's MPPs: 

May 10, 2012

"Bill 16 Clause-by-Clause"

May 10, 2012

"Urgent!   Bill 16 - It's Time to Meet Your MPP!"

May 7, 2012

"The latest on Bill 16"

News From Randy Hillier:

On Wednesday May 9 at 9 a.m. we start clause by clause consideration of Bill 16. This is the final step of the committee process and on completion the Bill gets referred to the House for third reading. The committee will be live streamed starting at 9 a.m. and you can click here to link to the feed.

May 2, 2012

"National Specialty 2012"

We are very pleased to announce our next national Specialty!

It will be held in conjunction with the Lower Mainland Shows in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Saturday October 27th, 2012.

Our distinguished judge is Kerrie Reeder from New South Wales, Australia.

All official and unofficial classes will be offered, as well as a Puppy Sweepstakes and Award of Merit.

If you are able to attend, please do so. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute to the Trophy Fund, please contact Coleen Wilkinson at

For further information, please contact Belle Severn at 613-489-3158 or

April 28, 2012

"Bill 16 - Committee Transcripts Day 2"

The transcripts from the committee meeting held April 25th on Bill 16 can be viewed by clicking the link:

A Youtube Video of the proceedings can be viewed here:

April 19, 2012

"Bill 16 - Committee Transcripts Day 1"

The transcripts from the committee meeting held April 18th on Bill 16 can be viewed by clicking the link:

April 16, 2012

"Staffie Tales"

The spring edition of "Staffie Tales" went in the mail Monday, April 16.  If you do not receive yours in a timely fashion, please let me know.  Special thanks to Mo Pyke for the unique cover!

Next deadline: June 30


February 27, 2012

"Photo Collages"

Rally for Bill 16


Signs from the rally for Bill 16


September 4, 2010

"2010 SBTCC National Specialty results"

Best in Specialty Show Best Of Opposite in Specialty Show

Best in Specialty Show

CH Quarterback's Extreme Justice
Breeder: Ed Lehner and Glenna Hugstedt
Owner: Ed Lehner


Best of Opposite in Specialty Show

CH Distaff Jubilee Gem
Breeder: Jacklyn Liversuch
Owner: Joan Trott


Best of Winners in Specialty Show Best Puppy in Specialty Show

Best of Winners in Specialty Show

Tebralmist Cayuga Prince
Breeder: Terri Kelly
Owner: Stephanie Crawford and Bill Phillips


Best Puppy in Specialty Show

Surestaff VooDoo Quartabac
Breeder: Mr.H and Mrs.M Coble
Owner: Ed Lehner



September 4, 2010

"Stop Canine Profiling"

A very informative website about all things BSL:

April 25, 2010

"Know Your Responsibilities"


SBT DOLA Warning


Please check out our updated brochure on you, your dog and the law. It is available for download here:

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