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Ottawa City Council approved the 4 recommendations on June
Thank you to everyone who phoned or emailed city council
and for your continued loyalty and support on this issue!
E-mails and phone calls needed to Ottawa City Council
June 17, 2004 - The
City of Ottawa Health, Recreation and
Social Services committee supported the
following 4 recommendations. It
is now crucial that City Council approves these
recommendations at their meeting on
Wednesday, June 23, 2004.
- Urge the Ministry to bring Ontario
in line with the majority of jurisdictions in North
America that consider wildlife rehabilitators as a vital
part of their rabies control programme and license
wildlife rehabilitators to handle rabies vector species
while using universally-accepted standards for the care
and release of all wildlife;
- Indicate to the Ministry the urgent
need to adopt a cooperative approach with
municipalities, community organizations and wildlife
rehabilitators in providing effective wildlife response
based on realistic and progressive public education, not
alarmist fear-mongering and the denial of help for
people seeking to assist wildlife in distress.
- Request that the Ministry of Natural Resources
discontinue the practice of “depopulation” or the
non-selective killing of wildlife, a practice that would
be strongly opposed in urban areas, particularly as it
has seen over 9,700 wild animals killed since 1999,
with almost all (99.8%) turning out to be healthy;
- Ask the Ministry to adopt a “best practices” raccoon
rabies programme that provides an effective,
cost-efficient and humane strategy such as the Ohio
model, now being used as a nationally coordinated method
in the United States;
! Please phone or
email city councillors before Wednesday, June
We need as many friends, family,
neighbours and others to phone or e-mail their City councillor between
now and Tuesday, June 22
to ask that they provide the leadership necessary in urging
the Province to restore progressive wildlife services in
Ottawa and to unanimously approve the four recommendations
at their council meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 .
Many of you have recently sent letters but
please send another brief e-mail or make a phone call or do both as it will
be the impact of a concentrated number of calls or
e-mails that will show councillors
that this issue still matters to the community and
that their position on it is being observed.
City Councillor contact information
Click here to
find your Ottawa city councillor contact information
call 580-2493 to find out
Or copy the full list:
Herb.Kreling@ottawa.ca; Rainer.Bloess@ottawa.ca; Jan.Harder@ottawa.ca; Peggy.Feltmate@ottawa.ca; Eli.El-Chantiry@ottawa.ca; Janet.Stavinga@ottawa.ca; Alex.Cullen@ottawa.ca; Rick.Chiarelli@ottawa.ca; Gord.Hunter@ottawa.ca; Diane.Deans@ottawa.ca; Michel.Bellemare@ottawa.ca; Georges.Bedard@ottawa.ca; Jacques.Legendre@ottawa.ca; Diane.Holmes@ottawa.ca; Shawn.Little@ottawa.ca; Maria.Mcrae@ottawa.ca; Clive.Doucet@ottawa.ca; Peter.Hume@ottawa.ca; Rob.Jellett@ottawa.ca; Doug.Thompson@ottawa.ca; Glenn.Brooks@ottawa.ca
E-mail writing tips
and points to consider
- Keep the message simple. A brief email or
phone call will do.
- Ask City councillors to provide the leadership
necessary in urging the Province to restore progressive
wildlife services in Ottawa
- You have heard about the issue in the media
- You have been unable to obtain any humane response
for a wildlife concern
- That Ottawa no longer seems like such an
environmentally progressive place.
- If you wish, pick out some points from the letter
sent to councillors by Donna Dubreuil (see below)
June 16, 2004
Recommendations to Ministry of Natural Resources Re
I am writing to request your support
at City Council next Wednesday, June 23, 2004 on behalf of
the recommendations that the Health, Recreation and Social
Services Committee unanimously approved on June 3, 2004
with respect to the above issue.
The recommendations to the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources are key to reinstating a
progressive wildlife response in Ottawa. As you may know,
the expansion of the raccoon rabies high-risk area to
include Ottawa in July 2002 was based on false information
and without justification. As we have learned through a
Freedom of Information document, the announcement of the
expansion into Ottawa was intentionally withheld “to
prevent any pre-emption in the media on the part of
affected stakeholders”. City of Ottawa Councillors, as an
example, only received notification, as did the Wildlife
Centre, on the day of the expansion, leaving no time to
question its justification or its impact.
The unprecedented regulations that
accompanied the expansion have had a serious impact on the
region, eliminating help for residents with wildlife
concerns and downloading problems to the City, the Ottawa
Humane Society and veterinarians, forcing them to respond
in a purely reactive way and creating a great deal of
frustration and anger on the part of the community. A copy
of a press release issued by veterinarians at Alta Vista
Animal Hospital demonstrates the very negative impact the
Ministry’s regulations is having on its business and the
distress it is causing its professional staff.
Click to read press release.
We need the City to continue its
leadership on this issue. While strong Motions from the
City, requesting the province to resolve the issue were
forwarded in September 2002 and in February 2003, there is
promise as the new Ontario government has made a commitment
to “reviewing the matter and to developing a new and
improved working relationship between government and
community volunteers in this regard”.
A meeting, attended by Ottawa Centre
MPP, Richard Patten, with David Ramsay, the Minister of
Natural Resources and the Ontario Wildlife Coalition last
week was the first step in honouring this commitment. What
is now needed is for the City to send a renewed message to
the Minister and the Province that residents of Ottawa want
to have restored progressive wildlife services in this
community. Please do call me if you have any questions.
Ontario Wildlife Coalition