Notices, Workshops & Rides: Far-Reaching Implications of Nuisance Control Service
The staff report suggests "that the primary focus of a nuisance control service on Cortes Island would be unsightly premises." However, provisions are being proposed which might require owners to apply pesticides to their property to get rid of destructive insects or to clear the trees and brush (without specifying under what circumstances). Another provision addresses smoke, sparks, ash and soot. Does this mean the burning of winter blow down from storms would not be permitted? Would wood stoves eventually be targeted?
In the Sunshine Coast and the Comox Valley, wood stoves are either being slowly phased out or replaced by high-efficiency models. Residents are being encouraged to consider natural gas furnaces and other fossil fuel heating sources which are not only less environmentally friendly but also less healthy due to the permissible level of fumes in the air in homes with these heat sources.
While there may be a need for nuisance control, it is worth considering whether such far-reaching powers should be granted to the Regional District.