The Midland Mirror originally published the story on May 15, 2015 2:35 PM EDT at http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/5630560-midland-councillor-runs-afoul-of-chicken-bylaw/ Fortunately, Google cached the story 28 minutes after it was posted, because the Midland Mirror deleted the story shortly thereafter.
After significant work, SFPFC's Investigative Cub Reporter was able to find and retrieve the article, and makes the full version available here, and a cleaned up version (easier to read) here.
Why is this story important enough to dredge it up from the swamp of dead stories?
Backyard chickens is a growing trend throughout Canada.
In this case, a Municipal Councillor is associated (even though when caught, she disavows responsibility and blames her spouse) with those backyard chickens.
We therefore learn that the chickens are wanted, but being in violation of a Municipal By-law is not a comfortable place to be for a Councillor.
Of course, that Councillor blames the By-law as being unreasonable, not their behaviour contrary to the By-law. The Midland By-law 98-42 was passed by Council in 1998, 17 years ago. I assume there was no By-law before that, so backyard chicken was likely OK in Midland before that.
|Araucana breed of chicken from |
South America before the arrival
of Christopher Columbus
Will Councillor Pat File ensure this loss of freedom for backyard chickens will soon come to an end?
Hopefully, with time, all Municipalities will re-assess their overly restrictive rules on backyard chickens.
People have the right to feed themselves, and backyard chicken helps ensure affordable food security.
SFPFC supports locally produced food, including backyard chickens in every municipality in Canada. Do you?