Doug brings down the house in Hagersville debate re smokeshacks & anti-pet bylaw

During the Ward 4 debate in Hagersville on Oct 20/10 it was Doug’s turn to answer a question about the silly anti-pet by-law recently passed by council that makes it illegal to buy a budgie or a goldfish, but OK to have a bison or pot-bellied pig.

Doug’s wry sense of humour had them laughing in the aisles:

“You’ve never had to get a permit for your budgie cage, but you’re going to have to get one for your bison stable. Now, of course, in Haldimand County you might be able to avoid a permit if you get it converted to a smokeshack.”

This foolish anti-pet by-law is indicative of what is truly wrong with Haldimand Council today. Clearly, councillors are not thinking through the issues and using their own common sense when casting votes on issues.

Regional News, full page, Oct 20/10: Summary of Issues incl. Anti-Pet By-Law & endorsement by Murray Killman, Killman ZooAll three ‘Open for Business’ candidates – Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade and Gary McHale – have the endorsement of Murray Killman of the Killman Zoo, as advertised here, and in their Oct 20th full-page ad in the Regional News for their promise to repeal this by-law.

See Doug’s opening & closing remarks here: Debate Video

“I support the candidacy of Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade and Gary McHale.”
Murray Killman, Killman Zoo

Let’s make Haldimand ‘Open for Business’ again – vote for Doug Fleming in Ward 3.

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My position on Council’s foolish anti-pet by-law

The anti-pet by-law passed by Haldimand's existing councillors makes it illegal to buy a goldfish or a budgie, but acceptable to have a pot-bellied pig or bison. Let's repeal this foolish by-law and work on the REAL problems in the County! Vote for Doug Fleming.

The anti-pet by-law passed by Haldimand's existing councillors makes it illegal to buy a goldfish or a budgie, but acceptable to have a pot-bellied pig or bison. Let's repeal this foolish by-law and work on the REAL problems in the County! Vote for Doug Fleming.

UPDATE – Don’t miss the short video of Doug bringing down the house during the Ward 4 debate in Hagersville in response to a question about the anti-pet by-law!

While the county is facing serious economic problems Council felt the need to pass a new anti-pet by-law in August 2010. Suddenly 70% of all pets sold in pet stores across this province are now illegal in Haldimand. If your child wants a goldfish, a canary or budgie then you can no longer purchase these pets if you live in Haldimand County. However, you can get your child a pot-bellied pig or a bison. Pet supply retailers and the Killman Zoo have contacted the candidates to see which are willing to repeal this law.

The Cayuga Chamber of Commerce asked all Ward 2 candidates to answer the following question, “As one of several Pet Stores in Haldimand, we would like to know your views concerning the amendment to the by-law on Purchasing and Keeping Exotic Animals. Careful reading of this amendment reveals that it is no longer legal to purchase many ‘exotic’ animals including all reptiles, snakes, budgies, and the Guinea pig?”

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Simcoe Reformer: Candidates ‘team up’ on Caledonia & wind turbine issues

Working together is nothing new for 'Open for Business Candidates' - 'Smokeshacks' news conference at Queens Park Media Studio, Dec 04/07: (L-R) Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade, Brian Hagan, Gary McHale.

Working together is nothing new for 'Open for Business Candidates' - 'Smokeshacks' news conference at Queens Park Media Studio, Dec 04/07: (L-R) Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade, Brian Hagan, Gary McHale.

Candidates team up on Caledonia issue

by Monte Sonnenberg
Oct 18/10

Three candidates in Haldimand have teamed up to bring block voting to the county.

Merlyn Kinrade of Caledonia, Gary McHale of Caledonia, and Doug Fleming of York are running for councillor positions in wards 2 (Cayuga), 3 (Caledonia) and 4 (Hagersville) respectively.

The three are campaigning on a common platform and are advertising themselves as a package deal. If elected, the trio will control half the councillor votes around the council table.

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Posted in Election News, Issues - Rule of Law, Issues - Wind Turbines

Don’t miss Doug in Ward 4 debate this Wednesday

Dec 04/07: 'Illegal Smokeshacks' news conference in Queen's Park Media Studio with (L-R) Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade, Brian Hagan, Gary McHale. The Ward 4 debate will be your final opportunity to compare an ‘Open for Business’ candidate with the competition side-by-side.

The Caledonia debate [ALSO] held last Wednesday was terrific – the packed room left knowing they had a clear choice, just as they do in Ward 4 – the status quo helplessness, or the proven leadership, determination and commitment to justice of a man who spoke out for his community during its darkest times.

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‘Open for Business’ candidates well received at Cayuga mayoral debate

The Mayoral All-Candidates Night, sponsored by the Haldimand Federation of Agriculture was held last night at the Haldimand Agricultural Community Centre in Cayuga.

Although the debate itself was for mayoral candidates, all Haldimand candidates were permitted to have a display table, and Merlyn Kinrade, Gary McHale and Doug Fleming took full advantage to share their well-researched materials and expertise on important topics such as the land claim crisis and concern over wind turbines.

They received a very positive reception from many attendees who crowded their table,and who especially appreciated their research into the wind turbines issue. One commented that Doug, Gary and Merlyn had more answers than those already on Haldimand Council.

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Fleming, Kinrade, McHale receive Wind Concerns Ontario endorsements

Wind Concerns Ontario protest, Queens Park, April 28/10We are pleased to announce that Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade and Gary McHale have all received endorsements from the leading wind turbine moratorium advocacy group Wind Concerns Ontario:

Wind Concerns Ontario endorses the following candidates:

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Doug listens to concerned residents re wind & solar farms

Dr. Nina Pierpont: Wind Turbine SyndromeLast night Doug and the other ‘Haldimand is OPEN for BUSINESS’ candidates Gary McHale (Ward 3) and Merlyn Kinrade (Ward 2) met with residents concerned about wind and solar farms planned for Haldimand County.

Opposition to wind farms, in particular, is growing across the province – including in next-door Norfolk – due to concerns over their effects on human and animal health as well as the dangers they pose during catastrophic failures and/or fires.

“Last night, Norfolk council approved a motion to support a moratorium on the erection of any industrial wind turbines until rigorous scientific research has been conducted. The county will be joining 58 Ontario municipalities and 410 European organizations of the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) who are seeking a moratorium.”

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