Amidst finalizing our conference program, developing review materials for our market program, Compost Quality Alliance, as well as our children's gardening initiative, Plant a Row - Grow a Row JUNIOR, and reflecting on the success of a terrific composting training program last week in Manitoba and our involvement with Marty's Currylicious in Toronto last Sunday, our office was sadly touched by the horrendous poisonings of a number of dogs and wildlife in High Park this weekend.
One of the dogs who died belonged to the family of one of our staff. Drinking water that was maliciously laced with antifreeze in the off-leash area in High Park was the reason for the sudden, painful illness and ultimate death.
But for having got out of the habit of going there due to our now non-car status, we would have also likely been there on Sunday evening to give Christie and Bart the opportunity for a good walk after having been cooped up in the office while we helped out with Sunday's event.
The speculation is that there are folks who would like the size of Dog Hill (the off-leash area in High Park) to be reduced ... and that a proponent of this position is responsible.
A while ago, I remember having one of our Council members tell me about how their dog was poisoned because of someone trying to inflict a point. It was equally awful to hear.
It takes a lot of guts to talk directly with someone or an organization versus using indirect measures to get points across and harm done. It's sad that there are still far too many cowards in our midsts.