Ospca

This Registered Charity Has Secrets on the Books

Peter Worthington | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Big surprise -- the OSPCA wants more money. Some people think it gets too much money right now for how it handles the job of caring for animals. One of the many aggravating things about the OSPCA, is its view that the salaries it pays should be kept secret from the public. The books of a registered charity should be open, especially one with a controversial history.

They're Out of the News, But Marineland's Animals Still Need You

Philip Demers | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada
Philip Demers

By now, you know all you need to about Marineland. You know that it's a house of horrors for the animals that live there. Some time has elapsed since the initial uproar, and much of it has been spent sending kids back to school or catching a TIFF film or two. We now find ourselves in a scary limbo. Public awareness just isn't enough. If we don't start acting on our convictions, then our province will continue to regress.

What is So "Humane" About Humane Societies?

Peter Worthington | Posted 05.22.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

It may come as a shock to many that the "new" improved Toronto Humane Society (THS) is viewed by a leading defender of animals as a "Kill Shelter." This, after the celebrated 2009 "raid" by the OSPCA on the THS that resulted in new management and (presumably) greater care of animals.

The OSPCA's Tale of Two Rockys

Peter Worthington | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

This is the story of two dogs named Rocky -- one which was unnecessarily euthanized by the OSPCA this summer, and the other being feted by the OSPCA at a fundraiser on Nov. 28 at Roy Thomson Hall. The owner of the euthanized Rocky feels the fundraising is being used to make them forget the botch-up with their dog.

Tim Hudak's Empty Rhetoric

Peter Worthington | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

When asked, should he become premier, if he'd ban the practice of Muslim Imams coming to some public schools to conduct prayer meetings and relegating girls to the back of the room and not to mix with the boys, Hudak said no one was going to discriminate against his daughter (which wasn't the issue) and that he trusted school principals to do the right thing (again, not the issue). Why couldn't he say he opposed such discrimination, and promise to have his education minister take action if Conservatives form the government? Sharia law, anyone? His faith that principals would not be intimidated or pressured by minority groups or human rights zealots verged on the naïve... or cynical.