Bylaw up in smoke

Halloween night was nothing but noise for some in Surrey.

Your publication’s praise for the city’s enforcement of Surrey’s fireworks bylaw on Halloween was disappointing.

I know that Surrey does not have a large force of bylaw officers, but six officers giving out 10 tickets in a night seems like an exercise in futility. Obviously, by the time a complaint is received and the officers actually arrive, the show is almost certainly over and no evidence can be found.

Noise complaints are going down because residents know it’s pointless to do so.

Bylaws manager Jas Rehal’s description of “a bit” of noise from firecrackers going off is possibly the understatement of the year. While the dollar figure of the seized fireworks may sound impressive, the actual experience in my neighbourhood was even worse than in years past.

On Oct. 30, I took a walk down 152 Street near Fraser Highway around 7 p.m. and not only was the sky eerily luminous with the smoke from all the explosions, the neighbourhood sounded like a war documentary from city besieged by machine-gun fire.

Then, on Halloween night itself, some “friendly” neighbours set off a wheelbarrow full of fireworks directly outside our house and moved about 150 metres away when I spoke to them about it.

Another nearby resident actually had a flatbed truck in their front yard to use as a platform for their ordnance.

Needless to say, between cleaning up my traumatized senior dog’s urine and vomit and seeing her suffer in abject terror for the next two hours (and be too scared to even go outside at night for the next week) did not “wrap up a nice evening” as one commenter on your website suggested.

In short, Surrey has a bylaw prohibiting fireworks and citizens have a responsibility to abide by it. The current enforcement efforts using bylaw officers and RCMP is not effective.

I love living in Surrey but I positively dread this time of year as it is so unpleasant and distressing.

The city needs to get creative in finding ways to engage citizens and neighbours in making this time of year pleasant and safe for all.

 

Carol Davison

Surrey

Just Posted

Team BC’s having fun, ‘feeling good’ about back-to-back victories

A junior curling team, based out of Langley, has yet to lose a game in the national championships.

Dr. Lipjob avoids jail, gets 30-day suspended sentence

She will have to serve the 30 days in prison if she commits a breach during her two-year’s probation

Surrey farmers taking stock of revamped Canada Food Guide

Products that were once big at the table — like meat and dairy — have been put on the back-burner

VIDEO: ‘The dog picks the job’: Meet the newest member of the Surrey RCMP

Cambria, a labrador-golden retriever mix, is the first victim services dog at the detachment

Cloverdale’s Dan Gibbons remembered for his devotion, humour

Longtime local served with RCMP for more than 35 years

Canada’s archive buys rare book that hints at Nazi plans for North America

The 1944 book may have served as a blueprint for a Nazi purge

Teravainen’s 3 points lift Hurricanes to 5-2 win over Canucks

Vancouver heads into all-star break on losing note

B.C. hospital apologizes for veteran’s five-day hallway stay

Clinical director of Victoria General Hospital says case of retired veteran ‘definitely excessive’

Speaker Darryl Plecas says ‘justice’ needed for legislature employees

Plecas spoke to media at the opening of a pedestrian and cycling bridge in Abbotsford Wednesday

Advocate hopes B.C. legislature scandal leads to more transparency

‘Depressing’ that it takes a scandal to inspire freedom of information reform, says Sara Neuert

Ex-Mountie involved in Taser death at Vancouver airport sues government

Kwesi Millington claims he acted in accordance with RCMP training

47 men arrested by Vancouver police for allegedly seeking sex with teenage girls

Seven of those arrested have been charged as part of a two-month operation

Richmond businesses struggle to hire and keep staff because of high cost of housing

Chamber of commerce calls for diverse housing options, redevelopment of George Massey corridor

LETTER: Seniors home care, day programs expanding, Adrian Dix says

B.C. health minister responds to latest Seniors Advocate report

Most Read