LETTER: Mission should clamp down on excessive noise

Municipality should follow the lead of other cities in Canada

It was an interesting experience dealing with cyber bullies the other week over the nerve of me saying I appreciated the peace and quiet this summer with Mission Raceway Park closed for repairs.

This letter is to thank them for encouraging me to be all the more determined in voicing my opinions about the racetrack, as the way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them and appeasement is not my style.

I’ve been reading about other more enlightened jurisdictions, like Calgary and Edmonton, which have done something about noise pollution coming from vehicles on their streets. They’ve done it by passing bylaws aimed at both motorcycles with modified mufflers and excessively loud cars.

No discrimination, just equal treatment and heavy fines to reduce the noise levels in their communities. Their plan was so brilliant that I have to wonder why we’ve never had a municipal council in Mission that has enacted similar rules. That is a rhetorical question, sad to say.

In a perfect world we would be electing progressive people who know that there are other more important values in society than the bottom line. And in that perfect world I would see no reason why an effective ban on excessive noise from any type of vehicle on our public roads and highways should not then be applied with equal force to the Mission racetrack.

Come November, do we decide to continue living in the past with retread politicians or follow the lead of other more progressive jurisdictions in dealing with social issues like noise polluters and their toys?

Robert T. Rock

Mission

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak declared over

Dr. Bonnie Henry hails work done to halt outbreak, which saw more than 130 people contract COVID-19

Man who broke into Abbotsford post office receives four more months in jail

Gary Patrick Richard sentenced for break-in and mail theft from April 20

Chilliwack teachers and EAs concerned with health and safety plans

As schools get ready to open, many worry measures won’t be enough to protect students from COVID-19

Police say Chilliwack driver who flipped car on overpass Sunday was impaired

Witnesses say rollover incident was preceded by vehicle and motorcycles speeding all over town

Family of bears enjoy dining in Mission

According to local conservation officers, the bears are eating garbage in the Stave Lake Street area

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The importance of accurate, ethical reporting is critical – perhaps as never before

VIDEO: Police look for suspect seen tripping elderly woman in Burnaby

The elderly woman was walking near the SkyTrain station when she was randomly tripped

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

B.C. teacher reprimanded for sharing homophobic and sexist memes, making racist comments

Klaus Hardy Breslauer was accused of making a laundry list of concerning decisions as a science teacher

Cloverdale youth pastor’s sexual-assault sentencing delayed

Samuel Emerson due to return to Surrey Provincial Court in August

COVID-19: B.C. too dependent on foreign food production workers

New B.C. job site links unemployed with farm, seafood work

Most Read