Toronto City Council finally sets the hook on Paula Fletcher’s “Gone Fishin’” motion which called on city staff to stop the crackdown on shoreline fishing along Toronto’s waterfront, including the permanent removal of the no fishing signs that sprang up. Paula also brought up the subject of a fishing pier accessible by public transit on the central waterfront and the pier request was tacked on to the motion and passed in a vote 35 to 1!
Many people have commented about the cost of such a pier, and in a city where many already feel the burden of taxes I’m not all that surprised. However instead of attacking Councillor Fletcher about this, we should be questioning to the people who spent our tax dollars putting up the no fishing signs, and then spent our tax dollars again days later removing them, rather than the people who are actively pushing for progress on the issue.
David Clark, the same man who was illegally detained and sparked this entire story has decided to fight back in his own way. He’s founded the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors an organization that is dedicated to educating people of all ages about the fantastic fishing opportunities in Toronto and work to protect urban anglers continued access to Toronto’s parks, shorelines, waterways and wetlands. Check out their website and mission statement.