Fireworks ban needed
To the Editor,
Back in 2016 Minden Hills council passed a bylaw that limited fireworks use to a select number of days in the year. New Year’s Eve, the weeks preceding and following Canada Day and the weekends of Victoria Day and Labour Day. It doesn’t work. The bylaw is a failure.
Are we really concerned about climate change and how we treat this planet? If that was the case we would eliminate the use of personal fireworks. I don’t want to stifle a good celebration, so if townships or municipalities like Minden want to have Canada Day fireworks I am fine with this. If people want to see fireworks, come to those specific celebrations. Fireworks are a huge source of pollution. Noise pollution, which terrifies wildlife not to mention a lot of domestic dogs. Air pollution from the combustibles in these fireworks as well as the heavy metals from the fireworks that end up in our water. Lastly, litter from the ceramic separators, and packing that typically is left behind even if the overall package is cleaned up. I have heard that a region in the Muskokas is considering an outright ban for these reasons.
People might ask how big of a concern is this really? If you are on a cottage on a well-populated lake you can expect fireworks every weekend and even some random days during the week. On Horseshoe Lake there were lots of fireworks on Canada Day which is fine under the current bylaw. Then on July 10, a Wednesday night, there was a large fireworks display on the lake and then again last Sunday night, July 21. Clearly these are outside of the timeline of the bylaw.
Only a complete ban is going to work. I’m not sure local businesses could be forced to stop selling them but if they had to make customers aware of the total ban I think that problem would fix itself. The original bylaw was a good start but it is time to take the next step if we are really concerned about the planet.
Cottager Horsehoe Lake