A report released yesterday by the Conference Board of Canada raised an alarm that Canada is in the doldrums when it comes to innovation. But after discovering this poster (at right) on the bulletin board at the Valu Pet Store at College and Augusta, the suggestion our society is failing to innovate seems mistaken.
This event—The Hairless Pet Picnic—sends a clear signal that as a city, we are indeed innovating and, by so doing, teetering briskly away from a dark age. Toronto is continuing its rich tradition of hosting cultural activities to suit the interests of one and all, a sure sign of a healthy civil society. The Hairless Pet Picnic may also mean that Toronto has an increased propensity for hairless pets and even hairlessness as a general state of being. It is plausible that hairless pets are gaining in popularity—after all, cat-hair-covered condos and lofts are asthmatic and linty. With the summer months upon us, hairlessness for Torontonians continues to be in vogue, even prompting some women to “get a Brazilian.”
The Hairless Pet Picnic takes place in the bowl at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Sunday June 24 at 6:00 p.m.