Petition to Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin
Homesteading (Backyard Farming) in Gatineau
TRADUCTION FRAÇAISE CI-DESSOUS The current by-laws are restrictive preventing citizens from appropriately using their land. Citizens with land sizes between half an acre and 2 acres are limited to using the land for harvesting small amounts of fruits and vegetables when, in fact, urban agriculture, given its compact nature, could prove to be more productive (acre-to-acre) than traditional large-scale farming. Strict regulations could be applied that would not only allow but encourage urban farming practices. This would also encourage urban farmers to stay in the city of Gatineau and continue to maintain its greenspaces rather than move to other cities. The city of Gatineau has grown and developed significantly over the last couple of years with lots ranging from half an acre to 2 acres no longer be considered normal-sized residential lots. Despite this, the lots continue to be subject to the same strict regulations that 800 sq ft. lots are subject to. This needs to be recognized and re-assessed by the city to give residents equal opportunity to use their land based on lot sizes. A half acre of property can easily produce healthy food from all food groups for a family of four. It can also house a large majority of the small animals identified as being agricultural, and even some animals currently identified as large animals. The current City of Gatineau By-laws need to be amended to allow residential properties ranging from half an acre to two acres to contain small farm animals such as miniature goats, poultry, ducks and rabbits. ********************** Les règlements actuels sont restrictifs et empêchant les citoyens d’utiliser leurs terrains d’une manière appropriée. Les citoyens ayant une superficie entre une demi-acre et 2 acre sont limités à l’utilisé leur terrain pour la petite récolte de fruites et de légumes quand en fait, agricole urbain, dans son nature compacte, pourrait s’avérer plus productif (acre-à-acre) que l’agriculture traditionnelle.Des règlements stricts pourraient être appliqués qui permettraient et encourager les pratiques d’agriculture urbaine. En plus, cela encourage les agriculteurs urbains à continuer de maintenir ses espaces verts plutôt que de déménager dans d’autres villes. La Ville de Gatineau à grandir et développé durant les dernières années et les terrains entre une demi-acre et 2 acres ne sont plus considérés lots résidentiels de taille normale. Malgré, les grands terrains continuent d’être soumis à la même réglementation stricte que les lots de 800 pieds carrés. Cela doit être reconnu et réévalué par la Ville pour donne aux résidents l’égalité des chances d’utiliser leur terrain selon la taille des lots. Une demi-acre de terrain peut facilement produire assez des aliments pour une famille de quatre. Tu peux aussi avoir une grande majorité des petits animaux identifiés comme étant agricoles dans les règlements, et même certains animaux identifiés comme grands animaux. Les règlements actuels de la Ville de Gatineau doivent être modifiés pour permettre des propriétés résidentielles allant de demi-acre à deux acres de contenir de petits animaux de ferme tels que les chèvres miniatures, les volailles, les canards et les lapins.
Petition to Town Of Caledon, Jennifer Innis, Allan Thompson, Nick deBoer, Barb Shaughnessy, Doug Beffort, Johanna Downey, Gord McClure, Annette Groves, Rob Mezzapelli
Allow Backyard Chickens in Caledon
We the undersigned are petitioning the Town of Caledon to allow the keeping of backyard chickens. We believe that within reasonable parameters, this would provide learning, nutrition, pest control, and put us on a level playing field with nearby communities where backyard chickens are permitted. A number of cities far more metropolitan than our beautiful town have successfully adopted this policy. We are not interested in large-scale production of meat or eggs and view chickens as pets just as cats and dogs are pets. We know from experience that chickens are cleaner, quieter and need less attention and space than other pets. They also require less attention and expense from the town than other pets. We want to educate and help break some falsehoods about chickens and promote a healthy, sustainable way of living. This includes teaching our children about sustainability, responsibility and hard work. By signing your name below, you attest that you are a resident of Caledon, ON and urge Town Council to adopt policy to allow backyard chickens.
Petition to Mayor and Council
Allow Backyard chicken coops in Rainy River
Backyard chicken coops are simple, safe, entertaining, quiet and educational to young and old. As well they reinforce the "Grow your own food locally" which lowers the impact on our environment caused by large egg and kill factories and the use of pesticides, hormones and the over use of antibiotics. Fort Frances has already made this change and has received no complaints as of this date.
Petition to Kitchener City Council
Amend the Animal Control By-Law to allow for Hens
Chickens have been animal companions of humans for thousands of years. When allowed to range in the yard, they are very entertaining and they provide more benefits to us than cats or dogs. They provide outstanding pest control, eating ticks, slugs, mosquitoes and many other insects. And they produce eggs that are much more nutritious than those you can buy at the supermarket. Backyard chickens will generally get far more humane care than those raised in filthy, crowded “factory farms.” Industrial production is creating numerous problems, including pollution from manure, antibiotic resistance and higher risk of a more dangerous strain of bird flu. Keeping a few chickens at home is one way we can each do our part to address these problems. Limit their numbers, and require clean, humane care — sure. But there is no legitimate reason for any city to prohibit keeping a few chickens, any more than there is reason to ban the keeping of dogs or cats.