Howitzers are disturbing harbour life
I am writing to express my opinion about the ceremonial firing of the howitzers during events at the BC Legislature. With as many as 15 rounds being fired, I feel that this is inappropriate for the Inner Harbour. The extremely loud noise, concurrent concussions, and large amount of associated smoke (pollution) is not an activity that should take place in a densely populated urban area. You may not be aware that about 20 of the boats moored at the causeway docks directly below the firing howitzers are occupied by individuals and families living aboard. My wife and I are less than 75 yards directly in front of the guns. I am grateful that the GVHA informs us of these events, but still, it is very disturbing and often painful to be subjected to the noise and concussions.
As you are well aware, there are many other people in hotels, offices and pedestrians who are subjected to this disturbing activity too. Many may not be informed prior to the event. I would worry for anyone with a heart condition who experiences these very disturbing noises and concussions without warning. I would worry for them even with warning.
While I am aware of the tradition of honouring various dignitaries and veterans, I personally do not believe that it is honouring anyone to have guns fired at them. Surely there is enough of this activity already in the world happening to civilians every day. We in Victoria do not need to play act at war, too.
I hope that the powers that be will reconsider this very disturbing activity and devise a more appropriate method of displaying honour to dignitaries during these events.
Rick Schnurr and Judy BrooksMV Julie MayCauseway Docks,Victoria Harbour