You may or may not agree with the merits of describing Sam Smith Park as a dog "free for all" (which it clearly isn't). If you wish to send any comments to Toronto Life, Ms. Maddocks is the Chief Researcher at the magazine and can be contacted through her email.
A FOSS member sent this letter to her yesterday and gave us permission to post it....
"Dear Ms. Maddocks
As Chief Researcher at Toronto Life, you will be interested to know the article published yesterday in your City section contains some very misleading information.
The articles references Sam Smith park, and states: "There’s a sanctioned off-leash area at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, but dogs roam free all over the hook-shaped peninsula". This gives the impression that this is acceptable practice. It is not, as this area contains quite a few sensitive natural areas, including a beaver dam and nesting sites of rare birds. Users who let their dogs "roam free" are subject to bylaw enforcement which can result in fines up to $360.
I would appreciate an addition or correction to the article, making it clear that using this area as a "dog haven" could be a very expensive venture. Off leash dogs are welcome to enjoy the legal off-leash area.