No compromise
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May 01, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

No compromise

Stratford Gazette

Re: ‘Compromise’ for relay noise, news, April 25

Council reduced the length of time of allowable amplified entertainment at the Relay for Life by minutes compared to last year’s finishing time.

There is no compromise for residents whose complaint is the excessive volume of sound. Residents like myself still have no choice to be able to attend, relax in our own homes or get adequate sleep time, all necessary, every day, for people with tenuous health.

We are in a minority, and in Stratford that means we do not have the same basic rights as other residential area citizens.

At least one councillor (at last week’s council meeting) was so anxious to propose the full exemption of the bylaw they attempted to do so even before a presentation from a resident, and councillors openly accepted that the relay would be broadcasting, in contravention to the noise bylaw, a neighbourhood wake up call at 6 a.m.

Apart from Councillor (Kerry) McManus asking questions regarding radio receivers, I saw no concern from council regarding the negative impact of such intense noise.

With the solid backing of Stratford council, the message received loud and clear was it’s the Relay committees way or the highway, and that residents’ complaints of volume are much ado about nothing.

I expect decisions to be made looking at facts. Good cause does not mean good reason or good way. Where is the fairness for all and justification for such loud sound?

This is not the inclusive community I assumed I lived in. It’s scary to see the ignoring of minority rights in this decision making of council.

At least I have a choice when voting in the 2014 municipal elections and it will be an easy one

Gail Caukwell


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