Ban the possession and use of consumer fireworks in the city of Port Coquitlam
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The City of Port Coquitlam has made changes to the Fireworks regulations, however they are not improvements. ByLaw No. 3880 states that people can use fireworks only on private property with the consent of the owner of that property, only on Halloween day and only until 11pm, with a permit ($30) from the City's Fire Hall.
What this ByLaw fails to consider is the proximity of properties in the City of Port Coquitlam, and what other property may be on this neighbouring property (eg. vehicles). With an average age of 39.7, citizens of Port Coquitlam depend on their vehicles as their transportation to and from work, in order to maintain their livelihood. I definitely do, and I do not wish to risk my livelihood for one night of fun for some people. Do you?
This ByLaw also fails to consider the working class of the city which comprises of 70.6% of the total population of Port Coquitlam, allowing the terrible explosion and gunshot-like sounds to continue on until 11pm when most people wake up early the next day for work. I wake up around 5 am, and this Halloween my neighbours set off fireworks until 10:30pm. Beside the horrible echoing sounds of the "beautiful" explosives, I experienced fear for my home's safety which could catch on fire from stray sparks. Upon calling police with concerns that the sparks are falling on our home and vehicles, the officer said to me that my neighbours have a permit, so there is nothing I can do. Maybe not this time, but I can try to prevent this from happening again. Will you?
ByLaw No. 3880 also fails to consider the safety of our 4 legged friends, whether they are furry family members or wild occupants of our city. With hearing a lot more acute than humans', our 4 legged friends are forced to endure decibels in the range of 150-175. Our fur friend is terrified every Halloween; every time there is a random set off of fireworks. She shakes in fear of what could be and is very hard to console. She does not understand why that noise exists and why it will not stop. I for one will not stand by and allow my pet to suffer a heart attack as a result of fireworks. Will you?
If your answer was no for any or all of my questions, signing this petition can help convince Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam that this legislation needs to be amended and that consumer fireworks should be banned from Port Coquitlam for family use.
The following British Columbian cities have banned the sale and use of consumer fireworks (for family use) within their city limits: Victoria, Richmond, North Vancouver, Delta, Surrey, Langley, Township of Langley, White Rock, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack. Port Coquitlam could be on this list!
If you feel you have had enough disruption as a result of fireworks and would like to keep your peace and quiet all year-round, sign this petition so I can take it to City Council on December 7, 2017.
Signed, one concerned citizen of Port Coquitlam.
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