Friday, November 19, 2010

This Is Great...Thank To Our Reader Heather!

If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never say its not quite as good as his mother's

....then adopt a dog.

If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour, for as long and wherever you want ...

....then adopt a dog.

If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies

.....then adopt a dog.

If you want someone who is content to get on your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores

....then adopt a dog !

If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually ..

....then adopt a dog.

BUT, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness ..


.....then adopt a cat!

My Day At The Ontario Legislature, Or As I Now Prefer To Call It, "Kindergarten"

Yesterday, I had the privilege of being invited to Queen's Park by Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees to witness the provincial debate on the issue of oversight over the Ontario Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (OSPCA). The debate lasted roughly one hour, and MPPs from each of the major parties rose to express their opinion. In the end, Mr. Klees' resolution was defeated by a vote of 24 to 17. Personally, while I am disappointed with the result of the vote, I came away from the proceedings with a newly found sense of tremendous disillusion toward our legislature. Such disillusion came not only from the result of the vote itself, but also from the behaviour exhibited from several of our MPPs, the individuals that WE HAVE CHOSEN to act on our behalf.

I am certain that the actions I witnessed yesterday are not reflected when we watch the proceedings of the Ontario Legislature from the comfort of our own living rooms. You need not worry however, for the comfort of our elected representatives. So many of them acted as though they were in their own homes, apparently clueless to the fact that there was a real live debate, an extremely important one at that, transpiring right before their very eyes! Rather than listen to their opponents arguments, at least a dozen MPPs sat idly, texting away on their mobile devices (they did so most of the day). Giving these members the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they were receiving important counter arguments from their personal political strategists with which to attack their opponents. What is odd however, is the fact that the majority of those members who were texting never rose to express such arguments. FYI, those in attendance in the gallery were not allowed to bring our electronic devices inside. The prize for the most indifferent MPP however, goes to Liberal MPP Wayne Arthurs, who rather than absorb any of the debate, spent the majority of the day reading the newspaper. Colour me befuddled.

As is expected in a lively discussion, debaters from respective sides often attempted to distract the opposition by speaking loudly and offering counter arguments. What I did not expect was that at times, it became almost impossible to hear the individual who had the floor at a particular moment due to the personal discussions (often at least ten) going on around them. It was akin to your mother standing up at Thanksgiving supper to say grace, and while she is doing so, everyone else in the family is discussing who got voted off of Dancing With The Stars! Can the people WE HAVE CHOSEN to represent us give one another (and more importantly the voting public) enough respect to at least PRETEND as though they care about the issues that we as Ontarians hope they will address?

I understand that everyone, no matter the occupation, has a bad day or two and doesn't perform at the greatest of their abilities, but this clearly was not the case. Perhaps if you have found yourself at the point where you would rather read a newspaper than attend to the matters at hand, that is your cue to seek alternate employment. If you as an MPP have become that disheartened with such issues, imagine how we as Ontario voters must feel.

Time For Another Of The "Fun Friday Videos"! Merengue Dancing Dog - YOU CAN'T MISS THIS!!

A Great Video On Things To Think About Before Pet Adoption

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OSPCA Chair Rob Godfrey Comments On Yesterday's Provincial Debate

Despite a debate in the Ontario legislature yesterday, the Ontario SPCA will not come under government oversight.  For more than six months, since a ringworm outbreak resulted in 102 animal euthanizations at the York Region OSPCA branch in May, Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees has championed a resolution calling for the animal agency to come under the authority of the province’s community safety and correctional services minister. After a lengthy debate, Mr. Klees’ resolution was defeated. “It was a good debate and we exposed the flaws in the system,” he said. “But I’m disappointed this government washed its hands of the issue. This is not a dead issue.” Mr. Klees’ resolution also called for the separation of inspection and enforcement powers from the organization’s role as a charity and animal shelter.  He presented evidence from past and present OSPCA employees, volunteers and enforcement officers to address their concerns. “We showed there is a conflict there,” he said. “You have to ask yourself, ‘Why is the current system flawed?’”
During the debate, many Liberal MPPs supported Mr. Klees’ fight, but did not support the resolution itself, calling for the completion of an ongoing review following the ringworm outbreak. But the investigation only calls into question the issue at the York Region branch, Mr. Klees said. There is a broader concern here, he said, noting he called for a review of the OSPCA’s existing powers.

But with oversight should come government funding, OSPCA board chairperson Rob Godfrey said.  “Why wasn’t this brought up under the old (Progressive Conservative) government,” he said. “There was no oversight then, either. But I would suggest with more oversight, there needs to be funding. If we had $25 million or so, we would have the best trained staff in North America.” Mr. Godfrey questions if government oversight means more bureaucracy and reporting to a provincial agent or if the animal agency becomes a crown corporation run by civil servants. “This debate is politically motivated and has little to do with animal welfare,” he said. “We’re not playing the political game. We have to move with the best foot forward.” New Democratic Party members supported Mr. Klees’ private member bill. “It’s a charity acting like a police force without supervision,” Parkdale-High Park NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo said during the debate. “Why is the focus (of the OSPCA) on the grandmother who can’t afford to fight for her animals rather than the active abuse found in puppy mills and dogfights. This is horrific.” The resolution was defeated 24 to 17. Those in favour of the resolution includes Mr. Klees, Oak Ridges-Markham Liberal MPP Helena Jaczek and Conservative York-Simcoe MPP Julia Munro.

While politicians debated the fate of the OSPCA, the local shelter is the subject of an independent investigation conducted by the former Ontario Veterinary College dean Dr. Alan Meek and former Ontario Superior Court chief justice Patrick LeSage. “The end game is not political,” Mr. Godfrey said. “Our goal is the same as it was 100 years ago — the welfare of animals. All this political debate takes away from the real issue of policing animal welfare.” Mr. Godfrey plans to meet with the province’s attorney general to ensure both are on the same page when it comes to policing animal welfare in the province.  “If we turn the keys back to the government, (animal welfare) will fall into the hands of the local police force,” he said. “Those forces are already understaffed.” The independent investigation is on track, Mr. Godfrey said.  Meanwhile, the York Region shelter is still undergoing cleaning and decontamination procedures and it has not been made public when it will reopen.

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