Prevailing rights

What an interesting letter by blueberry farmer D. Sohi. They say they turn their cannons on at 6 a.m., off from noon to 2pm, and off again at 7 p.m.

Their times are in contravention of the provincial guidelines for cannon use. The guidelines state very clearly that cannons can’t start before 6:30 a.m., off from noon to 3 p.m., and off again at 8 p.m. And then, only if birds are present.

They might only use their cannons for four weeks because of the variety of blueberries they grow but cannons are in use on other farms, in a normal summer, from the end of June until well into September and sometimes October.

Every farmer has the right to make money but their attitude that we should all bow down to the blueberry farmer and that their rights should prevail over our rights on our property is so typical of what we deal with.

C. Groves