Wise move to let dogs visit brew pubs

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

A huge thank you to Durham MPP Lind­sey Park for the be­hind-the-scenes work in get­ting the leg­is­la­tion to al­low dogs in low-risk food en­vi­ron­ments on the ta­ble at Queen’s Park so quickly.

When John Eden and I met Lind­sey at her bar­be­cue in Septem­ber, she said she sup­ported a busi­ness’s de­ci­sion to al­low dogs in low-risk food en­vi­ron­ments and would work to amend the leg­is­la­tion. This is af­ter a sin­gle anony­mous com­plaint at Sec­ond Wedge in Au­gust stopped al­low­ing dogs, a prac­tice since the Sec­ond Wedge opened over three years ago. Durham Health de­cided to en­force the ex­ist­ing an­ti­quated leg­is­la­tion from 1980 ver­ba­tim. We are mov­ing slowly into the 21st cen­tury.

Thank you, Lind­sey, for your quick ac­tion. Thank you, Sec­ond Wedge, for not back­ing down. Thank you Uxbridge and Port Perry peo­ple and oth­ers for sign­ing the pe­ti­tion. Now if only we can stop these sin­gle, ma­li­cious, vin­dic­tive, anony­mous com­plaints from pro­ceed­ing and dam­ag­ing our com­mu­nity.

Ivo Finotti, Port Perry

SAB­RINA BYRNES TORSTAR

John Doble with his three-year-old English mas­tiff Fen­nel at The Sec­ond Wedge Brew­ing Co. in Uxbridge on Nov. 2. The brew­ery was the site of an an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing new pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tion tabled to re­lax rules sur­round­ing dogs in brew­eries.

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