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Dog fight brewing over off-leash areas, green plan

<p>The tax fight isn’t the only contentious item on this week’s agenda.</p>




The tax fight isn’t the only contentious item on this week’s agenda.





Councillors are also bracing for what could be an equally long and nasty scrap over how to accommodate both dogs and people in Toronto’s parks.





A council committee has proposed a process that would allow dog owners to apply for new off-leash areas. But some parents of small children have argued the rules are too lax; some insist all off-leash areas should be fenced.





Expect this debate to end with a bark, not a whimper.





Councillors are also set to debate the city’s green plan.





The Toronto plan calls for reducing greenhouse gas output in the city by six per cent by 2012, 30 per cent by 2020 and a whopping 80 per cent by 2050.





It takes on such issues as banning two-stroke motors, used in lawn mowers and leaf blowers; road tolls; hybrid taxis; the city’s trees; and solar power and green roof incentives.


 
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