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People all over the Fraser Valley are up in arms about "Propane Cannons", and now that Ban the Cannons is raising awareness of the issue, people are sending us letters and writing letters to the editors of their local newspapers.

We started this  "Letters of Complaint"  page to show people some samples they could copy if they wanted to write a letter themselves. But we couldn't believe how many letters we found in newspapers, or were sent to us by irate cannon victims. We added over 60 letters to the site in 2002 up to the end of the blueberry season. We could have continued through to February/03 thanks to the Okanagan ice wine industry, but enough was enough!

Do you think we even saw half of all the letters that were written? I doubt it! And we wonder how many people phoned to complain about cannon noise. How large a number was that in 2002?

And how many people sat in their homes and just fumed about the noise? We will never know, but hopefully more of those people will find us next season and come out and join us and vent their frustrations.

The following is a list of the letters we received or saw printed in local newspapers.

If you wish to read the contents of a letter, simply click on the item in the list below.

  1. Sep 27, 2002, The Season Lengthens
  2. Sep 26, 2002, An Intolerable Form of Torture
  3. Sep 26, 2002, Will Kelowna Council Ban the Cannons?
  4. Sep 25, 2002, Crop cannons to fire last volley in the valley!
  5. Sep 25, 2002, More Unrest in Kelowna
  6. Sep 22, 2002, Cannon Guidelines Full of Loopholes
  7. Sep 21, 2002, Blasts Unnecessary
  8. Sep 21, 2002, Cannon Ban Overdue
  9. Sep 21, 2002, Sanity at City Hall
  10. Sep 21, 2002, Council restores faith in politics
  11. Sep 18, 2002, Complaint #57
  12. Sep 17, 2002, Abbotsford to Eliminate Propane Cannon Use!
  13. Sep 16, 2002, Another Summer of Government Inaction!
  14. Sep 15, 2002, I agree with Ban the Cannons!
  15. Sep 15, 2002, Cannon Shots like Torture
  16. Sep 13, 2002, Booming Agriculture has got to stop!
  17. Sep 12, 2002, What Happened to Dawn to Dusk Regulations?
  18. Sep 10, 2002, Did My Ears Deceive Me?
  19. Sep 09, 2002, Chasing Your Tail?
  20. Sep 08, 2002, Are We Second Class Citizens?
  21. Sep 06, 2002, Congratulations!!
  22. Sep 04, 2002, Typical Uninformed Cannon Defenders
  23. Aug 29, 2002, Berries, buried in noise
  24. Aug 26, 2002, Weapons of Mass Distraction
  25. Aug 23, 2002, Blueberry Farms have to Become Responsible
  26. Aug 22, 2002, Abbotsford Council Ducks Cannon Noise Issue
  27. Aug 22, 2002, Berry Blasts Should Be Things of the Past
  28. Aug 21, 2002, Blasted to Distraction
  29. Aug 20, 2002, New FPB Ruling
  30. Aug 18, 2002, Abnormal Farm Practice
  31. Aug 14, 2002, The B....S.... Continues
  32. Aug 12, 2002, If you can't control them, Ban Them!
  33. Aug 11, 2002, Farms Blatantly Ignoring the Guidelines
  34. Aug 10, 2002, A letter to our Health Minister
  35. Aug 08, 2002, Do the Right Thing
  36. Aug 08, 2002, One Pleasant Day
  37. Aug 07, 2002, Helping Other Cannon Victims
  38. Aug 06, 2002, Ban Propane Cannons, It's Time
  39. Aug 06, 2002, The Guns of August
  40. Aug 05, 2002, A Mid-summers Night-mare!
  41. Aug 01, 2002, Midnight blasts in Mt. Lehman
  42. Aug 01, 2002, A Solution for Mill Lake Geese
  43. July 31, 2002, Cannons drive me crazy
  44. July 30, 2002, Cannons: Berry Bad Noise
  45. July 25, 2002, Are cannons “Normal” farm practice?
  46. July 24, 2002, Left to their own devices
  47. July 19, 2002, More noise from Maple Ridge
  48. July 18, 2002, Sign Me Up
  49. July 09, 2002, More victims
  50. July 06, 2002, Ban Cannons in Maple Ridge
  51. June 29, 2002, Government caters to cannon users
  52. June 28, 2002, Cannons just about money
  53. June 24, 2002, Majority held hostage
  54. June 21, 2002, Loss of sleep in Surrey
  55. June 18, 2002, Red-necked cannon users
  56. June 14, 2002, Neighbours share their noisy plight
  57. June 11, 2002, “Green Acres” editorial disappointing
  58. June 10, 2002, What's Abbotsford doing about cannons?
  59. June 10, 2002, “Green Acres” editorial absurd
  60. May 29, 2002, What's Langley Township doing about cannons?
  61. May 29, 2002, Banning propane cannons is a sound idea
  62. May 20, 2002, Disappointment with John van Dongen,
    Minister of Agriculture
  63. April 03, 2002, How can we help stop this noise pollution?
  64. March 20, 2002, Cruel and unusual punishment
  65. March 18, 2002, Interested in joining Ban the Cannons
  66. and there are many more to come as time permits.
From time to time we also receive letters from more distant cannon victims. We received one from Australia and several from the United States. We had decided not to print these because we wish to focus on our local problem, but the following letter was so poignant that we felt it deserved to be included at the top of our list. This letter should also be compulsary reading for MAFF employees, who think we "merely exaggerate", Blueberry Council BigWigs, and all blueberry farmers who don't give a hoot about their neighbours!


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