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Oct 2014

Dog Owners Win with a Dog-Friendly City Council

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And the winners are…

Yesterday’s election results indicate Winnipeg’s dog community can look forward to a much brighter future and high quality off-leash areas throughout the city.

In July Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee already voted to create a new comprehensive  off-leash area management plan after rejecting the administration’s much more limited and seriously flawed dog park guidelines, which were developed without public consultation. WINDOG has asked that this time  the City consult with its citizens in an open, transparent process.

Winnipeg’s Mayor-elect and seven City Councillors  have indicated their support to WINDOG’s 3-tiered model for dog parks.WINDOG’S model proposes many small neighbourhood off-leash areas within walking distance of residents’ homes, a mid-sized dog park in every ward and a large Kilcona-size regional dog park  in every quadrant of the city.

Winnipeg now has two “super dog-friendly” community leaders: Mayor – Brian Bowman and North Kildonan Councillor – Jeff Browaty. And there are six “dog-friendlies”:
Charleswood – Marty Morantz
Old Kildonan – Devi Sharma
River Heights /Fort Garry – John Orlikow
St. Boniface – Matt Allard
St. Vital – Brian Mayes
Transcona – Russ Wyatt
In the “dog-unfriendly” camp, Fort Rouge –East Fort Garry’s Jenny Gerbasi and Janice Lukes (St. Norbert). Both are strong supporters of Winnipeg’s bike lobby.  In 2012 Transcona’s only off-leash park was closed and re-purposed as a link in Winnipeg’s Active Transportation Network.  Gerbasi also supports residential development and a bus rapid transit route through the Parker Wetlands that will close Brenda Leipsic Dog Park.

Six candidates didn’t bother to respond to WINDOG’s survey, indicating that off-leash dog parks are a very low priority for them – Mike Paktaghan (Point Douglas), Shawn Dobson (St. Charles); Jason Schreyer (Elmwood – East Kildonan); Ross Eadie (Mynarski); Scott Gillingham ( St. James); and Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre).

Don’t despair if you live in a dog-unfriendly ward. Speak up! Let your Mayor, your City Councillor – and WINDOG – know what you want for off-leash dog parks in your part of the city.

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Oct 2014

Dog Friendly Candidates List

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Final rankings for Oct 22, 2014 election

Ranked by electoral race and then by dog friendliness score.


Brian Bowman                 Super Dog Friendly
David Sanders                  Dog Friendly

Charleswood – Tuxedo

Luc Lewandoski              Dog Friendly
Evan Duncan                    Dog Friendly
Kevin Nichols                   Dog Friendly
Marty Morantz                 Dog Friendly

Daniel McIntyre

Keith Bellamy                   Dog Friendly

Elmwood – East Kildonan

Paul Quaye                         Dog Friendly

North Kildonan

Jeff Browaty                      Super Dog Friendly
Andrew Podolecki           Dog Friendly

Old Kildonan

Devi Sharma                      Dog Friendly

River Heights – Fort Garry

John Orlikow                     Dog Friendly

St. Boniface

Matt Allard                         Dog Friendly
Ryan Davies                       Dog Friendly

St. Charles

Grant Nordman                Super Dog Friendly

St. James – Brooklands

Stefan Jonasson               Dog Friendly

St. Vital

Brian Mayes                       Dog Friendly
Steven Hennessey            Dog Friendly


George Baars-Wilhelm   Dog Friendly
Russ Wyatt                          Dog Friendly
Ray Ulasy                             Dog Friendly

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Oct 2014


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From left to right, Thompson Mayor Tim Johnston, city recreation director John Burrows, dog park users Wendy Saric and Bo, Thompson Humane Society board chair Oswald Sawh and city animal control officer Craig Delaronde at the ribbon-cutting to mark the official grand opening of the Baffin Dog Park in the Burntwood area. Photo credit: Thompson Citizen/Ian Graham

With the opening of brand new dog parks in Portage la Prairie and Thompson, these Manitoba cities are leading the pack in terms of the provision of off-leash recreational green space. They’re well ahead of Winnipeg in the number of dog parks per capita, despite their smaller size.

Portage and Thomson have one dog park for every 13 thousand residents; Brandon has one for every 18 thousand residents while Winnipeg lags far behind with one off-leash area for every 66 thousand residents.

The newly created dog parks are the result of partnerships forged by the respective City Councils. On September 18, Thompson’s highly anticipated Baffin Dog Park became a reality as a result of a partnership between the City and the Thompson Humane Society. City Council voted to re-purpose an underused neighbourhood baseball diamond, transforming it into a well-used off-leash area.

The City of Thompson paid for landscaping associated with the re-purposing and installed fencing, benches, dog waste bag dispensers and bags. The City is responsible for garbage collection and ongoing maintenance of the publicly owned park. The Thompson Humane Society developed the off-leash policies, park rules and signage.

The Yellowquill Provincial Park Off-Leash Dog Park, located at Yellowquill Provincial Park along the TransCanada Hwy, is the result of a partnership between the Province of Manitoba, the City of Portage la Prairie and the Portage la Prairie Dog Park Committee.

Yellow Quill is a fully fenced 2.5 acre partially treed dog park. The Province supplies picnic tables, washrooms, and garbage bins are supplied. The City installed poop bag dispensers and will supply bags on an ongoing basis. The City is responsible for maintenance and garbage collection.

Community leaders in Thompson and Portage see the potential of the new dog parks to attract tourists. The Humane Society’s plans for Baffin Dog Park include agility events course and Frisbee competitions. “Bring Fido” – the online pet friendly travel expert is already marketing Yellowquill, “ Off the north service road along Hwy 1 at Yellow Quill Trail, across from pet friendly Days Inn and near pet friendly Super 8 motel, restaurants and box stores. Great rest stop for travellers.–45 minutes west of Winnipeg’s city limits.”

Community leaders in Thompson and Portage have also been quick to understand the important role off-leash area stewardship groups play in the management of off-leash recreational space. To ensure that the needs of dogs and their owners are taken into account and that any concerns are shared with the city, Thompson has established a dog park committee and Portage City Council Portage works with the Portage la Prairie Dog Park Committee.

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