Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vicious Animal vs Non-Vicious, Friendly, Food Producing Animal

One of these is allowed, the other is not. 

*Full Disclosure: I love animals, including dogs. This post is not intended to slight dogs, but rather to juxtapose a condition that is allowed to exist in Calgary and many Canadian municipalities, while another is illegal.

Ready 2 Run in Ward 7

Something different for Calgary Ward 7...

Reality based decision making with a 
deep respect for the taxpayer & community.

Fantasy Island: Alberta taxpayers finance $250Million+ Playground in Calgary

A Private Playground for Cartoon People with a $25M Cartoon Bridge.


Built by Real Tax Dollars from Real Albertans.

Nenshi, Calgary City Council, CMLC & East Village are Playing Fantasy Island & Monopoly with $250 Million of your tax dollars.

... and another $25 Million pedestrian bridge to nowhere.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Druh Farrell introduces "The Red Cart"

In honour of the Fleece Bridge. 

You put your tax dollars in it.


design: sandy eggo calatravesty 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The "Magic Pullet" for Household Food Security: CLUCK Red Deer Pilot Project Approved!

Kudos to CLUCK Red Deer & to Red Deer City Council for their respect for fact, science and due process.

Cluck Red Deer

100's of North American communities are tackling the issue of enhanced local food systems and Household Food Security, with a variety of tactics and strategies, all of which have focused primarily on awareness & education, a CLUCK principle. Some have been successful in their respective communities, while the same logical and intelligent tactic has met with fierce opposition in others. There has been no "magic pullet" when it comes to urban hens, urban ag, local food systems, the right to food or household food security. Red Deer has  made a significant breakthrough with the approval of the 12 month pilot project. This is good governance, where fact, science and due process have stature over fear and fabrication. Hopefully the same standard will prevail in court during the Canadian Right to Food Trial. 

Join the growing CLUCK network and start a chapter in your community.

From Adrienne Tetz, founder of CLUCK Red Deer:
City council decided this afternoon to go forward with a 12 month urban chicken pilot project consisting of current chicken owners and their flocks. In 12 months time council has directed administration to present a report summarizing the project as well as a proposed chicken bylaw. This will not be part of the land use bylaw; we understand that it will be presented as a bylaw on its own under Animal Control (just like the dog and cat bylaws).

If you have questions about this project, whether you can take part, or anything else, please contact us through this page or at CLUCK.RedDeer [at] gmail [dot] com

CLUCK Red Deer on FB

CLUCK Canada on FB

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The 5 Freedoms: Basic rights for animals

Basic rights for animals.
The five freedoms as currently expressed are:
  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper faciltiies and company of the animal's own kind
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

The five freedoms, sometimes known as Brambell's five freedoms, are a compact of rights for animals under human control, including those intended for food or which act as working animals. The five freedoms were originally developed from a UK Government report on livestock husbandry in 1965. The five freedoms are used as the basis for the actions of professional groups, including vets and have been adopted by representative groups internationally including the World Organisation for Animal Health and Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In Alberta: (Calls to this organization have not been returned, as of yet. Will update if they do.)
From Alberta Farm Animal Care:
AFAC Board Members
  • Alberta Auction Markets Association
  • Alberta Beef Producers
  • Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association
  • Alberta Chicken Producers
  • Alberta Egg Producers
  • Alberta Elk Commission
  • Alberta Equestrian Federation
  • Alberta Hatching Egg Producers
  • Alberta Lamb Producers
  • Alberta Milk
  • Alberta Pork
  • Alberta Turkey Producers
  • Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine
  • Western Stock Growers Association
  • Wild Rose Agricultural Producers
  • Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
AFAC Active Members
  • Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies
  • Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association (Directors at Large on AFAC Board)
  • Alberta Poultry Hatchery Association
  • Bison Producers of Alberta
  • Canada/Alberta Livestock Research Trust Inc.
  • Calgary Stampede
  • Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
  • Edmonton Northlands
  • Feeder Association of Alberta Ltd.
  • Horse Racing Alberta
  • Lakeland College, Agricultural Science
  • North American Equine Ranching Information Council
  • Olds College, School of Animal Science
  • University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine (Directors at Large on AFAC Board)
AFAC Associate Members
Alberta veterinarians, colleges, food companies, meat processors, agribusinesses and individuals also support AFAC.

Alberta Livestock Protection System (ALPS)
SPCA PhotoThe Alberta Livestock Protection Network (ALPN) was created in direct response to growing public and producer concern for an effective, accountable and coordinated province-wide program targeting animal care. ALPN is a partnership of AFAC, Alberta SPCA and Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development.
The Laws & Regulations - Animal Protection Legislation
Report on Animal Welfare Law in Canada
The Report on Animal Welfare Law in Canada (Jun 04) focuses on legislation that effects livestock welfare. The report illustrates how livestock welfare enforcement is conducted throughout Canada. Content includes:
  • Federal Legislation
  • Use of Criminal Code
  • Provinces without Provincial Welfare Acts
  • How Animal Protection is Enforced
  • Funding of Enforcement
  • Enforcement Stats
  • Provincial Animal Protection Legislation
The series was featured in Livestock Welfare INSIGHTS.
Other Resources

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bridge 2 Nowhere

Dear Mayor Nenshi & Calgary City Council,

RE      Stop the Bridge 2 Nowhere

Disclosure: Mayor Nenshi sits on the CMLC Board of Directors

How Calgary can save $25 Million:

CMLC & East Village want to spend yet another $25Million on yet another pedestrian bridge. In this case, however, a functional, structurally sound bridge already exists.  The Bridge 2 Nowhere is irresponsible development and has all the hallmarks of those that like to spend taxpayer dollars on frivolous, non essential infrastructure. As we have learned from the Calatravesty, the project will also, most likely, be delayed and significantly over budget. It will have a significant negative environmental impact on St Patrick's Island and the riparian/river assets, something stake holders were adamant about avoiding.

And, as if to add salt to the wound, the CMLC will:

1) Destroy the old, completely functional, heritage bridge and

2) NOT, I repeat, NOT be adding 1 (one) new single unit of new affordable housing to the East Village inventory.

The Bridge 2 Nowhere is the type of decision where we expect our local (& provincial) politicians to intervene to help end the East Village Spending Spree. Rational and taxpayer sensitive/respectful decison-making should prevail.

Yours in Stopping Yet Another $25 Million Foot Bridge,

Paul Hughes

ps What engaged citizens can do:

1) Contact the Mayor, your Alderman or MLA or preferably, all three.
Mayor's office: 403.268.5622
Aldermanic Offices: 403.268.2430
MLA Directory: 310.0000

2) Contact the CMLC & CEO Michael Brown: 403.718.0300

3) Join the Facebook Group & Follow @Bridge2Abyss Twitter Account

Facebook: Say NO to another $25 Million Bridge in Calgary