BC Green Party leader tables pet owner liability bill

first_img“In this case, the dog was a repeat offender,” he said in the B.C. Legislature.Here in Fort St. John, City Council agreed in January to bring the conversation of pet owner liability to municipal forums — including the annual meetings of both North Central Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities — later this year.This move followed a dog attack on Christmas Day in 2015 that left a Fort St. John couple with serious injuries. Robin Elgie had to undergo multiple surgeries in Edmonton and received extensive damage to his hands in the attack.According to Canada’s Safety Council, more than 460,000 dog bites occur across the country every year.Advertisement VICTORIA, B.C. — Earlier this week, the leader of the B.C. Green Party tabled legislation that could see owners more liable for the actions of their pets.Andrew Weaver, who represents the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding, modeled the Animal Liability Act 2016 after Manitoba’s legislation. He says the province is falling on this front while other jurisdictions, including Ontario, have laws to ‘ensure that public safety is put first.’“Earlier this year a number of vicious dog attacks occurred in the Lower Mainland,” he told members of the B.C. legislature. “Over the years, British Columbians have called on B.C. legislators to act.”- Advertisement -Weaver says he’s not targeting responsible pet owners with this Act, but negligent pet owners who he feels aren’t socializing, training, or restraining their animals out in public.“As it currently stands, when someone gets bitten by a dog the options available for legal recourse hinge on the dog having a previous history of violence,” he said. “That’s simply not enough.”Weaver also referenced a dog attack that happened in Saanich recently, in which he says nearly left a man without his employment for the years to come.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United star will be unaffected by Real Madrid’s transfer ban, claims Louis van Gaal

first_imgDavid De Gea is happy at Old Trafford and will be unaffected by news of Real Madrid’s transfer embargo, according to Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal.Under a FIFA ruling this week, the Spanish giants will be unable to sign players this summer or in the next winter transfer window due to irregularities.Real had been expected to renew their interest in the United keeper, who was poised to move to the Bernabeu last summer before the move collapsed at the last minute.Ahead of United’s Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday, Van Gaal insisted: “I don’t think that is the kind of thing that plays on the mind of David De Gea.“I never thought about it in the period before the transfer window and now I am seeing David De Gea who is enjoying to stay here and play good games.”Van Gaal’s position will come under renewed pressure if his side lose at Anfield in a game which will see the Dutchman renew his rivalry with Jurgen Klopp.The pair met four times in the Bundesliga when in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively and Van Gaal believes Klopp is cut out to succeed in the Premier League.Van Gaal added: “You can see he plays a very aggressive and pressing kind of game and he already knows the difference between the Premier League and the German league.“He is a very capable manager in the Premier League because he has always showed this kind of football and I think the fans will love it.”Conversely the jury is still out on Van Gaal’s own tactics after Tuesday night’s dramatic 3-3 draw at Newcastle which appeared to please some fans more than the manager himself.United’s attacking intent came in stark contrast to previous displays but Van Gaal was furious with the way his side threw away a two-goal lead and allowed the Magpies to seize a point in injury time.Van Gaal added: “I think I was more disappointed than the fans but I say to them we lost two points and two points are very important in this period.“One point is not enough when you are the circumstances that we are in. In a game like that you have to win and we were disappointed, but of course the fans have seen a match where we have scored three goals.”Defeat to United’s traditional rivals would maybe push Van Gaal closer to the Old Trafford exit door and the Dutchman acknowledged a more determined display will be necessary to take the points from Anfield.“I have felt it [the rivalry] already four times, on the tour of the USA and in the league. You can see it on the faces of the players.“We need to be aggressive but also under control. It is that kind of match and it will always be difficult because the passion at play in these kinds of games is always very high.” David de Gea 1last_img read more