To the editor,
Re: Some residents concerned about industrial noise, some aren’t, Letters, Nov. 20.
I was appalled to read this letter telling people that if they have a problem with noise pollution they should move.
These people likely bought their homes years before this mill became so noisy that it interferes with their ability to enjoy daily life in their own homes and yards.
Perhaps he believes that anybody with any problem within the city ought to just move away. I think it is preferable to try to solve a problem with negotiation and advocacy. If you believe an intersection or several in Nanaimo are unsafe, and some have a very high vehicle and pedestrian accident rate, just move somewhere else? Is it not better for everyone in the community if people stand up for what they believe in than to just run away?
Yes, jobs are important but so is quality of life.
Dinah Lestock-Kay, Nanaimo
To the editor,
Re: Noise carries beyond industrial area, Letters, Nov. 22.
The industrial noise at Duke Point that has resulted in recent letters to the Nanaimo News Bulletin is being investigated by the City of Nanaimo bylaw officers, the city says. Investigators have located the noise and are working with the business to mitigate the noise. This may not happen overnight, but at least the complaints have not gone unnoticed and are being
taken seriously. I have been personally speaking with bylaws and have not had any difficulty lodging a complaint or communicating with them.
No one has suggested that the business shut down. We are simply asking for noise reduction and would greatly appreciate the noise being turned off from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. We live and support Nanaimo,
raise our families, work, and yes some of us are employed in sawmills, so telling someone they should move if they don’t like it, or are crazy because they are bothered by an industrial noise that has never existed before and is intolerable, certainly is contrary to any collaboration or problem solving.
H. Carr, Nanaimo
To the editor,
There’s a source of noise pollution that I’ve been subjected to my entire life. It was the first thing I heard after waking this morning and is often the last thing I hear before falling asleep.
What is making all this noise? Vehicles. Why do they get a free pass but the noise made by industry garners many complaints?
No, I don’t drive. I have three kids and we get around by bike, using a bike extension and/or trailer, walking or very occasionally, by public transit.
I’d like to have some peace and quiet and improvements to walking, cycling, and public transit will all lessen the amount of vehicular traffic and give my senses a rest.
Kyle Misner, Nanaimo
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