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September 28, 2016
The City of Montreal passes a Breed Specific By-Law, as promised by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre. This Animal Control By-law targets specific breeds - "pit bull type" dogs, and the purebred breeds, American Staffordshire Terrier and of course our beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
For the Club members and all "pit bull type" dog owners in Ontario, Quebec and across Canada, the media coverage, political opportunism, and willfull ignorance of elected municipal and provincial representatives is a wrenching reminder of our struggle over ten years ago. Fortunately, the Montreal S.P.C.A., as the lead organization fighting this legislation, has in-house legal counsel and dedicated resources for lobbying and initiating legal action against the legislation. Today, the S.P.C.A. filed an application for judicial review and stay," which aims, first off, to suspend the application of the sections of the by-law targeting “Pit bull type dogs” in order to then have these sections declared illegal, null, and without effect by Quebec’s Superior Court." Legal action is being considered by other individuals/organizations.
And the Quebec Provincial Legislature will be considering province wide BSL in the near future. Stay tuned.
For complete information please refer to:
S.P.C.A Montreal: http://www.spca.com/?cat=3&lang=en
The CKC issued the following release today: http://www.ckc.ca/en/News/2016/September/Difficult-Time-for-Dogs-and-Dog-Lovers-as-BSL-Adop
June 15, 2016
Our 2nd Booster at Spruce Meadows, Alberta!!
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier Booster will be held at the Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic 2016, at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta.
The SBTCC is pleased to consider the judging of Robert Rowbotham of Canada on Saturday July 30, 2016 for this event. A prize of $100 will be offered for Best of Breed, and prizes will be offered for Best of Opposite Sex, Best of Winners, Winners Male, Winners Female, Select Male, Select Female, Best Veteran, and Best Puppy in Breed.
For more information please contact Jean-anne Moors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From last year's Booster
"Upcoming SBTCC Booster Show"
We will be holding a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Booster at the Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic 2015, Spruce Meadows, in Calgary, Alberta.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada is pleased to consider the judging of Joanne Sewell of Australia on Friday July 31, 2015 as a booster for Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Prizes will be offered for: Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Best of Winners, Winners Male, Winners Female, Select Male, Select Female and Best Puppy in Breed.
The Alberta Kennel Club’s Summer Classic is held at beautiful Spruce Meadows Equestrian Park from Friday July 31 to Monday August 3, 2015. This year the Alberta Kennel Club is hosting the Purina National on Sunday August 2, 2015.
Visit the Alberta Kennel Club website www.albertakennelclub.org for complete show information.
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"
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.
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, 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
February 27, 2012
April 25, 2010
"Know Your Responsibilities"
Please check out our updated brochure on you, your dog and the law. It is available for download here: http://www.staffordcanada.com/resources.html