Community plan should include vision for dog-friendly spaces

I was trying to establish why the provision of clean and safe beaches was eradicated from the draft official community plan.


In Helen Slade’s letter of July 9 (Plan should include dogs), she did not make the statement: “This vision for a dog friendly environment needs to be enunciated clearly in the next OCP.”

The statement was from page 20 of the Windsor Park Dog Group’s report to council on dog management.

The online version of this letter has been altered to reflect Ms. Slade’s original text.

News apologizes for the error.



Re: Not all beaches have gone to the dogs (letters July 2).

If Ms. Ash has an issue with a letter I have written (OCP lacks beaches, June 25) I suggest that she reads it more carefully.

It is tiresome but necessary to respond in order to correct the record.

I wrote that the Windsor Park Dog Group targeted parks and beaches in Oak Bay for year round dog use. She added the word “all” to parks and beaches, which made the remainder of her letter irrelevant and misquoted me.

I did not mention dog management in my letter. I was trying to establish why the provision of clean and safe beaches was eradicated from the draft official community plan. I have had no answer to this enquiry.

The Windsor Park Dog Group report is 61 pages long and probably not at the top of anybody’s summer reading list.

On page 16. (No. 23)  and page 42, they seek trade-offs between Oak Bay beaches at McMicking Point and Kitty Isle be traded for complete dog access to McNeil Bay Beach.

They suggest increased access to this same beach as a trade off from Willows Beach (page 20).

Page20 …..this vision for a dog friendly environment needs to be enunciated in the next OCP.     Pages 41 and 42  Mcneil Bay beach is unfriendly and not conducive to people.

Helen Slade

Oak Bay


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