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Toronto denies fair's plans, and that's no bull

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TORONTO -- Royal Agricultural Winter Fair organizers say they're disappointed after Toronto officials refused to approve a bull run in the financial district to promote the fair's 90th anniversary.

The plan was for six 900-kilogram bulls to run down Bay Street between Wellington and King streets on Tuesday. The event would have served as a precursor to the fair's Nov. 2 opening day at Exhibition Place.

Elizabeth Glibbery, the city's manager of animal services, says the event violated bylaws.

"Under the bylaw, there is a provision for exceptions, under educational and for film production; however, the purpose and intent of this event is for promotional purposes and, therefore, does not meet the exception," Glibbery said in an email. "This would have been a significant and dangerous precedent in respect to prohibited animal use in the city."

The decision did not sit well with the organizers, who said proper precautions had been taken.

"I can say that it's disappointing," said the fair's director of marketing, Rachel Woodman. "We worked for many months closely with the city, with police services and animal services to plan this."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 29, 2012 B7

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