Balance between citizens and farmers

I have been a resident of Abbotsford for over 33 years at the same location and this is by far the worst year for berry cannons.

I have been a resident of Abbotsford for over 33 years at the same location and this is by far the worst year for berry cannons.

The cannons have made a significant impact on the quality of my life.

Every day prior to 6:30 a.m., local farmers start firing their cannons. Apparently they are not allowed to start until 6:30, but they obviously don’t care about their neighbours, and it’s obvious they know there is no enforcement of the current regulations.

Some people think this is not a problem. I’ll bet they don’t live in an area where they are abruptly woken up every morning by loud explosions.

It’s recognized that farmers need to control birds, but they’re not even abiding by the current regulations.

Are cannons the only solution? What about alternatives?

What is our provincial government doing to actively find a viable solution to this noise pollution issue?

I simply cannot understand how cannons are allowed these days.

I fully support the efforts of Abbotsford Councillor John Smith to change the allowed berry cannon start time to 7:30 a.m. That would make a significant improvement in the quality of life for many Abbotsford residents.

We need to find the correct balance between the rights of citizens to lead a peaceful life and farmers’ efforts to be commercially viable.

Greg Robertshaw

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