A few weeks of open burning a few weeks too many

I would also wholeheartedly endorse the idea of a total burning ban in the CVRD.

A few weeks of open burning a few weeks too many

Further to Michael O’Brien’s letter in last Wednesday’s CVC I would also wholeheartedly endorse the idea of a total burning ban in the CVRD. It seems insane that in an area already notorious for its poor air quality — and at a time when there is so much talk about the effects of climate change and global warming etc., that open fires can still legally pollute the air we breathe, and turn the skies in the valley blue with foul acrid smoke.

The day I’m writing this the venting index is poor, so there should be no burning, yet I can see an enormous pall of blue smoke hanging in the air between Cobble Hill and Saltspring. So sad to see such a beautiful area spoiled like this.

Given the dire situation that our planet is now in, wouldn’t it be good to have the Cowichan Valley stand out as being a part of the solution, not part of the problem?

Even just a few weeks a year of open burning is a few weeks too many.

Alan Perkins

Cobble Hill

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