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Here is a breakdown of our round table lineup for 2018:

Community Standards Branch - Creating Readable Messages (

Community Standards Branch - Public Safety Compliance Team and Business Licence Stings

Service Alberta - Consumer Investigations Unit. (

University of Calgary - When Dog Bites Make the News (scroll to previous post for detailed info)

University of Calgary - Dog Bites in the City of Calgary-An analysis of bites from 2012-2016 (see other post for detailed info)

Brownlee L.L.P.

SOLGEN - To discuss updates to policy and legislation around the Peace Officer Program

Alberta SPCA

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Hello, I just received this update from Dawn Rault from the University of Calgary. Her and her team will be presenting two topics at our round table session.

Roundtable #1

Title: When dog bites make the news. An analysis of mainstream and social media coverage on dog bites in Calgary and Edmonton

Summary: Previous research suggests that journalistic portrayals can have major impacts on policies regarding dogs and dog-owners. At the same time, the influence of social media continues to grow. With reference to the situations in Calgary and Edmonton, we seek to enhance relationships between social media, mass media, and municipal policy on dog-bites.


Morgan Mouton holds a PhD in urban studies, and is currently involved in a project that seeks to document and analyse the 'Calgary model' for the regulation of pet-ownership. He is taking a keen interest in how digital technologies are used in order to facilitate the enforcement of pet-related bylaws.

Amberlee Boulton is a Master of Social Work Student at the University of Calgary. She is currently assisting Drs. Rock and Mouton in human-animal relations research. She is interested in how pet-related policies affect determinants of health and community development.

Inspector Doug Anderson has been with the City of Calgary for 28 years and has been an inspector for the last 10 years. During his time as an inspector, he has been directed involved in all animal aggression cases in the City of Calgary.

Melanie Rock is an anthropologist and social worker whose research focuses on the societal and cultural dimensions of health, with an emphasis on the importance of animals for mental, physical, and social well-being. She is an associate professor at the University of Calgary, where she serves as associate scientific director in the O'Brien Institute for Public Health.

Roundtable #2

Title: Dog Bites in the City of Calgary-An analysis of bites from 2012-2016

Summary: City of Calgary administrative data on dog bite incidents occurring between 2012 and 2016 were used in a pilot study examining risk factors for dog bites in the city. The results of this study will be presented and discussed.


Niamh Caffrey is a Post-Doctoral Associate working in the areas of water quality and antimicrobial resistance within the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. Niamh holds an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a PhD in Animal Welfare.

Sylvia Checkley is an Associate Professor in Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary. Dr. Checkley completed her DVM degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Dr. Checkley has worked in a busy rural community veterinary practice and received her graduate degree in Epidemiology at WCVM.

Mel Parkinson-Sergeant-Calgary Community Standards-City of Calgary (Tentative Presenter).

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Here are links to our 2018 Conference Registration Sheets:

Signup sheet:

Detailed course info:

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