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posted June 30, 2007

On July 4th the City of Toronto Parks and Environment Committee will receive a staff report on the proposed Dog Walkers Permit Policy and hear a presentation on the proposed Off Leash Areas Policy.

The meeting will run from 9.30am to around noon in City Hall, second floor, Committee room 1. See the Committee's agenda for more detailed information:

These proposed policies follow a consultation process, which brought councillors to various areas around the city.

The new proposed policy has two main differences from the way things work now:

  • A specific committee and petition process may allow an off-leash zone to be created in any size of park.
  • Commercial (paid) dog walkers of more than 4, 5, or 6 dogs simultaneously will have to obtain a 100-200 dollar permit through the City.

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posted June 09, 2007

The City of Toronto has started consultations for a new dog policy in parks. This is a new direction for parks in some ways and has a community consultation period, until around July 4th 2007. So read all about it, think about and mail your councilor if you have got something to say.

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Rules of Conduct in Dufferin Grove Park

posted July 29, 2004

Dogs off leash: This is not legal but it's common practice at our park. Most of the dog owners are fine and sensible people, and their irregular, often late-night presence makes the park safer. However, sometimes dogs can be scary and owners can be oblivious. If you find a dog intimidating, and the owner is not interested in your friendly request for them to control their dog, talk to the staff. The staff will be glad to talk to the owner or the owner's friends, and straighten it out. This includes the owners of pit bulls. Some of them are friendlier than they look but everyone can use a hint if they unwittingly make people in the park uncomfortable.

If you can't find the staff, leave a message about a dog concern on the park on the park phone: 416 392-0913. Please leave your name and number: anonymous messages are annoying and usually don't get action.

Of course there are no dogs allowed in playground, ever, nor EVER in the wading pool (public health rules require the staff to drain the pool if a dog gets in there).

Dog Talks

posted April 11, 2006

Dog Talks - Call for park policy input

According to the newspapers, Parks and Recreation manager Sandy Straw and a working-group of park users have been meeting for a year to address the question of dogs in parks. Dufferin Grove Park users have not been asked about their dog ideas, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have any. To find out what these ideas are, park staff Mayssan Shuja will be walking around the park with her notebook asking park users about dogs in the park.

Mayssan will be out in the park asking questions at the following times: Wednesday April 12, 5.30 to 6.30 p.m.; Thursday April 13 at the market, 5 to 6.30; Saturday April 15 at 3 p.m. at the playground; Monday April 17, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday April 20 at the market, 5 to 7 p.m., and Friday April 21, 5 to 7 p.m. If you don’t find Mayssan during any of those times, you can call the park and leave her a message (416 392-0913) and she’ll call you back. Or you can e-mail her at If you e-mail, specify whether you’d like your comments posted, with or without your name, on the park web site dog pages (, click on "dogs.")

A dog owner who went to a meeting in the Beaches says they were told that each park would have a small committee made up of one volunteer from each user group (parents, soccer players, dog owners, professional dog walkers, etc.), to decide that parks’ dog policy. That sounds a bit hit-or-miss. It might be a recipe for resentment if others feel ignored. So we’ll try to get as many people as possible giving their ideas at Dufferin Grove, and see if we end up with more light than smoke.

posted April 20, 2006

Dog Talks 2006

For the first round of park user comments and suggestions about Dogs in Parks click Dog Talks 2006

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