Could someone explain what the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has to do with deer? Maybe the activist would prefer to see deer starve to death - that sounds humane.
The battle over the deer has turned Grinchy green and Rudolph red. A three-metre-high, lime green deer, complete with a Rudolph-red nose, sprang up yesterday on activist Lynda Smithers's lawn.
As unusual as that is, the deer is wearing red boxing gloves, holding a Save Our Deer sign and has the Charter of Rights attached to its sides.
"It is turning into a Christmas story," Smithers said with a laugh.
Smithers's front lawn on Riverside Drive has become a battleground over the deer cull in the Sifton Bog. As many as 65 deer have made their home there, prompting the city to support a cull for next fall.
About seven weeks ago, Smithers posted several signs on the front lawn of her Riverside residence protesting the cull.
Acting on a complaint, the city set a deadline of last week for Smithers to remove the signs, arguing the protest breaks a bylaw prohibiting signs in residential areas.
Smithers countered it was her right to protest, but agreed to take down all but one sign.
That's the way things stood until yesterday, when the deer turned up.