Dawson: Today's transit dilemma – pets on trains, versus my allergies

By Tyler Dawson, Ottawa Citizen, April 13, 2018

As a noted lover of dogs, I’m in favour of allowing pets on public transit. As a noted haver of allergies, I’m sort of uneasy about it, at least insofar as I’d have to sit near them or breathe the same air.

While Ottawa has tried to strike the right balance on this, the city hasn’t got it quite right. New rules say that only small pets, in a carrier, will be allowed aboard OC Transpo buses and trains. But these rules are too restrictive. The most important reason to transport an animal is for its own health, so the size constraints discriminate (a term used colloquially, not legally) against larger pets.


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