That is Mayor Francis' opinion, and I happen to agree with him.
This is exactly why the Licencing Commission recommended a working group that would look at the issue.
That's the way efficient councils work. They delegate the work to subcommittees who quietly perform the task behind the scenes, so public time is not wasted.
We don't have to have lengthy debates on the issue, especially not now, before looking at the facts. Looking at the facts includes researching the pros and cons, and learning from other cities that have already gone through this process.
The working group should also look how urban chickens, together with the larger story of food sovereignty, will help Windsor project a more forward thinking, progressive image that is conducive to attracting new residents, and keeping Windsorites from moving away. Economic development is unarguably a major strategic goal.
We don't need a large cumbersome working group. We need one with just enough resources to do the job efficiently. This process has been done already in many other cities, and there are a number of volunteers available to help with this task, so very few City resources need to be expended. Let's just get on with it.
This fits in well with the City's mission statement :
The City of Windsor, with the involvement of its citizens, will deliver effective and responsive municipal services, and will mobilize innovative community partnerships.
And the City's vision:
Windsor, Canada's southernmost city and international gateway, is a diverse community of safe caring neighbourhoods, with a vibrant economy and a healthy sustainable environment.Let's stop the debates. We should establish an innovative community partnership involving our citizens and lets get to work on our vision to live in a healthy sustainable environment. An effective and responsive municipal service will see the sense in that.