Chickens are in the news again, as they will likely be right up until Election Day 2011. First, the Vancouver Sun's Randy Shore has written Vancouver's chicken registry lays an egg which describes how only seven people have registered their new backyard chicken farms with the City since adopting the new costly policy. Instead, people are continuing to house the little fowl covertly.
Supporters of Vision Vancouver will likely shrug this one off, but eyes roll with just about everyone else in the city when it comes to this topic. Vancouver burned up staff time with all their planning and talk in what looks to be a political bust for Vancouver's fledgling Vision government. Chickens, gardens and bike lanes is about all most people today attach to the list of accomplishments for Gregor Robertson and his farm team.
Fortunately for Winnipeggers, their city council applied good sense when one of their own proposed a chickens by-law.
City council's property and development committee voted Tuesday to effectively ignore a request to study the idea of allowing Winnipeggers to keep egg-laying hens within city limits. Some North American cities allow the practice, but Winnipeg isn't ready to get cracking on backyard egg operations.
"I don't think I am ready to move through a set of regulations where people can have chickens in residential neighbourhoods," committee chairman Gord Steeves (St. Vital) said following the unanimous vote. The councillors were intrigued with the idea of people growing their own food, but did not bite.
"Why stop there?" Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt asked facetiously. "Why not goats?"
Why not goats indeed, councillor. Why not goats?
- post by Mike