This is a follow-up to our earlier post about the unfair treatment of anglers and illegal enforcement of the TPA bylaws along the Toronto Harbourfront. Unfortunately the update is a lot of bad news for anglers. The City of Toronto has officially banned fishing in all public parks west of Unwin Ave. to near Sunnyside Park, key parts of the harbourfront area for anglers. Coincidentally these no fishing signs were installed on June 5th, the day before the “Gone Fishing” motion could be brought before city council. Perhaps the Toronto Parks have never heard the phrase “look before you leap”, because it would seem they’ve leaped right in to a swarm of angry anglers.
“City parks have always been open for fishing,” said avid angler David Kearney, 42. “The fishing community has respected the sign and stopped fishing. We were told we could fish Ontario Place up until when it goes under construction. But it’s so filled with garbage, you can’t fish there.”
If you live in Toronto, have fished in Toronto, know someone who fishes in Toronto, or believe that all Torontonians should be allowed to fish the public waters of Toronto especially those in our public parks. Then I ask that you sign this petition as a show of your support.
On June 5th 2012 the City of Toronto posted ‘No Fishing’ signs along all of its waterfronts, lots of them! The reason and rational for this ban is as of yet unknown.
Just the thought of banning fishing in Toronto is outrageous, and yet the infinite wisdom of City officials has led them to do just that. there is strength in numbers, we need to let City Hall know that we will not stand for such a blatant and unwarranted infringement of our rights! If we can get enough signatures maybe we can show City Hall that we are serous, and that we are not going away! If you disagree with the no fishing ban please sign up and share this petition with your friends.
Please also visit and ‘Like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SayNoToTheTorontoFishingBan
If you wish to go even further please consider writing to some of the following (we ask that you please write responsibly):
- Your local councillor
- Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Toronto Parks & Recreation – email@example.com
- Toronto Port Authority – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Harbourfront Centre – email@example.com
Oh and don’t forget June is Parks & Recreations month here in Toronto! However, Toronto Parks failure to organize even a single fishing event may only be a sign of things to come.