From Crystal Crimi in the Northumberland News:
U.S. government encourages backyard chickens, circa 1918
“It’s time for the chickens to fly their backyard coop in residential Campbellford.
After months of dealing with the Bacher family and the seven hens they keep in their Doxsee Avenue backyard, the municipality is taking them to court for a zoning violation. If successful, the charge comes with a maximum fine of $25,000 — that’s a lot of eggs.
But not enough to make the Bachers give up their hens. They’re fighting the charge with the pro bono services of Belleville lawyer Karen Selick — the same woman who represented Michael Schmidt, an Ontario dairy farmer convicted last fall for offences relating to selling raw milk. Continue reading
From John Campbell in the Northumberland News:
CAMPBELLFORD -- What came first? Kelly Bacher (left) Shawn Bacher (middle) and Kayla Renouf at their home Feb. 13. The Municipality of Trent Hills is taking the Bachers to court because they are keeping chickens at their downtown Campbellford home. February 13, 2012. Photo Dave Fraser. Click image to see more Northumberland news pictures.
TRENT HILLS – The waiting game has ended for a Campbellford couple who keep chickens in their backyard.
The municipality has made good on its threat to charge Kelly and Shawn Bacher with a zoning violation that carries with it a maximum fine of $25,000.
“I’m surprised it’s gone this far,” Ms. Bacher said in an interview Feb. 9, shortly after receiving a summons that she and her husband are to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Campbellford Feb. 23. Continue reading
From the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a story titled “Trent Hills v. Bacher — Government misleads citizens about the law”:
Photo via Canadian Constitution Foundation.
Kelly and Shawn Bacher reside in the small Ontario town of Campbellford (population about 3,000), part of the municipality of Trent Hills. Shawn works in a salvaging business, tearing down old buildings. Kelly helps bring income into the household by providing housekeeping services to elderly neighbours.
Their daughter Kayla is 12 years old and has been homeschooled since 2008.
In 2009, Kelly decided that it would make a good educational project for Kayla to raise some chickens in their backyard. Both Kelly and Shawn were raised on farms and know how to look after chickens. Continue reading
From David Rider, in the Toronto Star:
Trish Tervit holds Pippi, one of her pet hens. Tervit got into backyard chicken farmng as a fun educational exercise for her daughters, and loves the fresh eggs. ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE/TORONTO STAR. Click image to go to the Toronto Star story.
“Trish Tervit is a friendly mom, an executive with a buzzing iPhone and an outlaw urban farmer collecting eggs on borrowed time.
Her hens — Pippi, Mabel and Elli — peer through a sliding-glass door, schnauzer-like, into Tervit’s Upper Beach semi-detached home.
“I blame my daughter’s Grade 6 teacher,” who brought cute chicks to class, triggering the inevitable “Can we get chickens?” plea from both of Tervit’s daughters. Continue reading
From “Update on Toronto Chicken Law” blog:
There is finally a feeling of optimism among chicken-keepers and chicken-supporters on the issue of legalizing backyard hens in the City of Toronto.
It is important to understand how the process of changing a bylaw works, and thus the chart. Right now the chicken file is in the Policy Development phase. The next step is a written report. Once the report is written, it will go to one of the Committees, likely the Licensing and Standards Committee. The Committee can then recommend, amend or reject the proposal (50% vote in favour is required). Continue reading
A Canadian Press story, via Google:
Toward self-sufficiency: Family fills backyard with chickens, vegetable garden
By Jamie Stengle (CP)
PROSPER, Texas — As the weather warms and the brown landscape turns green, Stephanie Weyenberg’s thoughts turn to planting for her family’s early spring garden.
Gardening is more than just a hobby: She and her husband, Matt, grow most of the fruit and vegetables they eat.
They also rely on a half-dozen chickens roaming their backyard, for eggs and to entertain their kids, ages 11, nine and six. The family gets beef, chicken and raw milk from farms. Continue reading