The Blueberry Council has done a good job creating the myth, and convincing provincial and some municipal politicians, that the problem is because of a few errant blueberry farmers not adhering to the provincial guidelines for cannon use.
Not so! The problem is the guidelines.
It is the provincial guidelines that for years have allowed the daily bombardment of noise.
Putting these guidelines into a bylaw with the only changes being a fee to register a cannon and fines for non-compliance do absolutely nothing to change the amount of noise.
All the agriculture ministers up to the present one have refused to change the guidelines, especially as to frequency of blasts and daily start and end times. Why would anyone think there would be approval of any changes once the existing guidelines are in a bylaw?
Cherry Groves, Bradner