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Honourable John van Dongen
PO Box 9058, STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

Dear Mr. van Dongen,
Below, in red print, is a copy of my e-mail sent to you on 9/12/2002. Can you (or one of your civil servants) define "DAWN" and "DUSK" for me? There must be some definitive relationship to sunrise and sunset (the tables are in the daily papers). For example, in aviation, night is thirty minutes after sunset. Or, would you prefer to keep it ambiguous? The complaint below (which was my # 56) remains unanswered -- (as well as many previous questions). That takes me to complaint # 57 which was last night (17 September 2002) -- the cannon continued past 9:00 PM (sunset was 7:20 PM) and again the frequency was excessive. The probable location of that farm is 3407 -- 168 St. I foolishly ask -- does anyone care?

Under 5.2.1 of the BVD Guidelines 2001 concerning Hours of Operation, it is stated:
"Farmers should operate cannons only between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM local time or dawn to dusk, whichever is of lesser duration".
Last evening, September the 11th, the local cannons operated past 8:05 PM. Frequency is also in question!
Since sunset was at 7:30 PM can you see anything wrong here???
Please define DUSK!
Remember John:

IF YOU CAN'T CONTROL THEM -- BAN THEM!!!


It was good to see the hearlines of the Abbotsford News http://www.abbynews.com/
City goal: Eliminate propane cannon use
In part it said:
"City of Abbotsford staff have been told to work with the industry, residents, city lawyers and the agriculture ministry to develop strategies to “ultimately eliminate’’ the use of propane cannons. How to regulate the noise from the devices was back on the agenda yesterday for Abbotsford city councillors." Good going Abbotsford!!! Can the other municipalities be far behind?

So John, my complaints for use of cannons outside of the BVD guidelines stands at 57 and "all-nighters" stands at seven! No doubt there are also abuses of the frequency guideline, but with the multitude of farms nearby, I cannot tell! Is the blueberry season over elsewhere? The local farmers seem to be protecting the dried remnants of this year's crop.
It remains obvious:

IF YOU CAN'T CONTROL THEM -- BAN THEM!!!

Sincerely,
DO

PS: sorry about how ugly this was folks, but the author did specify RED!

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