Phil Friedman en beBee for Canucks, Professions, Workers, Careers, Communications and journalism Writer/Editor | Marketer | Ghost Writer | Marine Industry and Small-Business Consultant • Port Royal Group 1/7/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +900

Ontario Is For the Dogs


For the record, I spent a very substantial portion of my adult life living and working in Canada, and still consider it my spiritual homeland.

Canada displays a much kinder and gentler society than does the U.S.

Not that Canadians are soft. Or indifferent. Or political push overs. Quite the opposite.

Canadians are quite ruggedly individualistic. And prone to passion in their politics.

They can also be somewhat smug about their historical rejection of celebrity buffoonery in the U.S., and about their openness to doing more than their part in accepting political and other refugees from elsewhere in the world. But I don't really want to talk about that.

What I want to talk about is the Bill of Rights for dogs in Ontario, known as the Ontario Landlord and Tenants Act.

Passed more than three decades ago, among other things, it outlaws the blanket prohibition by landlords of dogs in rental apartments and other rented dwellings. Under the law, which supercedes the terms of any lease, when such terms conflict with the law, a landlord can take legal action to evict a tenant who keeps a dog that is a demonstrable nuisance. But landlords may not prohibit the keeping of dogs as a general rule.

Ontario Is For the Dogs

Because I am what is known as a "dog person" namely, someone who believes his life experience is immeasurably improved by living in the company of dogs this bit of Canadiana sticks in my psyche as a prime example of the Canadian ethos of fair treatment for all.

It is also a shining example for all of us to seek to deal with identifiable problems when they occur, and not jam up everybody's quality of life by making broad general rules to deal with all manner of problems that can be imagined, but which have not yet, and which may never come to pass.

For to my mind, that principle Is an essential brick in the structure of a free and open society.

Consequently, on this Canada Day, 2016, I congratulate my spiritual homeland on its birthday, and extend my fervent good wishes for its continued existence and well being. May you always remain the place of refuge which you have historically been, for men and women of goodwill and political independence.

As well as a place, at least in Ontario, that is fully fit for dogs.

Best wishes and cheers to my Canadian friends Phil Friedman

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Ontario Is For the Dogs

Ontario Is For the Dogs

Don 🐝 Kerr 4/7/2016 · #7

Gonna be a ruff day tomorrow @Phil Friedman Looking forward to it1

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Paul Walters 2/7/2016 · #6

@Phil Friedman I type this in an Airport as I make the long trip to Vancouver from my sanctuary in Bali. You Canadians are such "nice' people although you stole my daughter!!!!! "A quick skiing trip to Whistler, be back soon" she said. That was eight years ago!!! She is now on the cusp of being a Canadian ( or nice person) and is getting married in a few weeks . Oh dear, must away , pollen to gather and honey to make !!!

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Milos Djukic 2/7/2016 · #5

Fractal Arf? @Phil Friedman

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Phil Friedman 2/7/2016 · #4

#2 Arf , Arf, Arf.

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Milos Djukic 2/7/2016 · #3

Always brilliant @Jim Murray :)

Jim Murray 2/7/2016 · #2

On behalf of all Ontaridogs, we welcome you. We hope you have a barking good time.

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Milos Djukic 2/7/2016 · #1

Wow, the country of my brother (Toronto). Thanks @Phil Friedman :)

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