Letters to the Editor

Ulterior motive for Blanleil to weaken noise bylaw

To the editor:

I understand the need to reduce urban noise from all sources, including engines and stereos in cars, boats and motorcycles.

I also understand why Councillor Andre Blanleil opposed amendments to set maximum noise levels permitted in the city’s noise bylaw—one of his companies sells and installs the offending stereo equipment in these vehicles and could benefit from a weakened bylaw that fails to specifically list the term “stereo systems” in these vehicles.

What I don’t understand is why Blanleil was allowed to participate in both the bylaw discussion and the vote on it.

Blanleil opposed reducing noise limits with some bizarre logic that the bylaw would discourage tourism. This diversion served a very useful purpose. It drew Kelowna City Council’s attention away from the fact that the actual wording of the bylaw omitted the term “stereo systems” as a point source for the noise emitted by these vehicles.

Technically, the bylaw does not specify “stereo systems” and council needs to further amend it—without Blanleil at the table—to include “stereo systems” as a specific point source for noise pollution.

Richard Drinnan,

Kelowna

 

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