CORNWALL, Ontario - A circular debate at city hall is rearing its ugly head again, with city councillors set to wade into an argument concerning the number of pigeons people in Cornwall are able to keep as pets.
It's been about a year now that councillors have booted this political football around.
Most recently, in February, council deferred implementing a bylaw that would have set limits on the number of pigeons any one person can keep as pets or otherwise.
The problem is that while some people keep pigeons as racing birds for competition, others want them simply as pets.
The droppings from the pigeons have been linked to incidences of toxoplasmosis, a potentially deadly infection.
The bylaw returns Monday night for council's consideration.
The proposed bylaw requires that hobbyist be members of a recognized pigeon keeping association and limits a pigeon keeper to 80 birds.
When not released in controlled numbers during competitions and the like, the birds must be kept in enclosures.
Towards controlling the wild pigeon nuisance, the bylaw prohibits the spreading of bird food on private property while allowing a measured means of attracting wild birds.
Pigeon keepers would be allowed two months to comply with the bylaw, if it is adopted by council.
More to come.