Leaders: Sign up and set example to other owners

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The war on dog dirt is being fought on many fronts.

Our Dish the Dirt hotline is succeeding in encouraging members of the public across Edinburgh to shop lazy dog owners, allowing city council environmental wardens to target problem areas and hit offenders with fines.

For some, that is the only way they are going to get the message that allowing your pet to foul a public place is unacceptable, anti-social, and downright disgusting.

Others, however, may well respond to gentle encouragement to change their behaviour, taking their lead from responsible pet owners.

The Green Dog Walkers scheme launched today runs hand-in-hand with our campaign by creating an army of ambassadors.

By signing the pledge and agreeing to either wear one of the special GDW armbands or put a GDW collar on your dog, you can be a real example to others every time you are out for a walk.

Go on - take the pledge and go green!

An event for all

Congratulations all round to the staff and volunteers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival who produced an excellent programme this year.

It was only two years ago that the film festival’s very future was being debated.

But this year, audience numbers have been strong, there has been some red carpet glamour, and a huge number of premieres to keep the cinephiles happy.

To ensure its continued health, the EIFF much now reach out beyond its boundaries and encourage more ordinary residents to take part. Too many people in Edinburgh - the majority in fact - don’t see the film festival as their event. Yet these same people will happily go to the movies every month. Let’s get everyone in the Capital involved in 2014.