On March 23, 2007, Madam Justice Herman of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released her decision respecting our constitutional challenge to Ontario's pit bull legislation (Cochrane v. Attorney General of Ontario).We all know that there is no science, not a shred, to support breed specific legislation. Michael Bryant and his henchmen drafted the usual suspects to create Ontario's ban: ignorance, hysteria and urban legend. Perhaps this time the testimony of experts will be considered. "Breed specific laws are not based in science. [Laws] banning breeds will not make you safer, and the illusion that they will do so is dangerous to humans and unfair to dogs."So says Dr. Karen Overall. So says every other expert on the subject. From their lips to the judge's ear.
Substantial parts of the legislation were struck down. We saved the non-breed "pit bull terriers" but not the purebreds. We made it impossible for the Crown to prove its case with a piece of paper signed by a veterinarian.
But it was not enough. We appealed Justice Herman's decision to the Court of Appeal for Ontario (court file no. C47649). The Attorney General cross-appealed. Our appeals will be heard beginning Monday, September 15, 2008 at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto beginning at 10:30 a.m. (courtroom to be determined). We have two days of hearings scheduled (September 15 and 16, 2008).
God speed, keep the faith, and kick some corrupt
Loins girded? Check.
Roasted turnips at the ready? Check.
Horses fed? Check.
Chariot in good working order? Check.
Rhymes memorized? Check.
Steely gaze practised? Check.
Battle plan drawn? Check.
Envoys out front? Check.
Then it's time to go and win one for the Nipper.