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Fall 2014, page 6

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Jurisdiction re. noise from boats on the water around Vancouver


Regarding pleasure craft vessel speed and noise around False Creek, English Bay and Burrard Inlet, it is rather dif≠ficult to establish who has jurisdiction. According to Port Metro Vancouver, a federal institution, they have jurisdic≠tion over English Bay and Burrard Inlet (please see their note below). However, when directing complaints to them, they refer the complainants to the Vancouver Police De≠partment (VPD). When complaining about noisy boats to VPD, they say Vancouverís noise control bylaw does not apply to boats on the water. There we are back to federal jurisdiction.

There is no regulation of amplified noise from boats in the federal law, and the federal government is rather reluctant to regulate this type of noise. Numerous people from various parts of Vancouver and West Van≠couver have complained in vain so far. The only control the city can exert is through the licensing process of the boat operators. The Right to Quiet Society will meet with representatives of the VPD and licensing department to explore possibilities of how to best tackle this problem.

Port Metro Vancouverís jurisdiction begins west of the Burrard Street Bridge. Within False Creek, vessels are under City of Vancouver jurisdiction. Please note that the yellow/green highlighted zone in the map below is City of Vancouver jurisdiction.

When a complaint regarding a pleasure craft is received (e.g. reports of an excessively noisy or a speeding pleasure craft), Port Metro Vancouverís 24/7 Operations Centre staff can notify the Vancouver Police Departmentís Marine Unit which operates two patrol vessels; however, we cannot enforce or ticket pleasure craft operatorsóonly the Vancouver Police Department has the authority to do this.

To learn more about the Vancouver Police Departmentís Marine Unit, please visit here

For complaints regarding charter vessels (e.g. reports of an excessively noisy dinner cruise or harbour cruise vessel), we ask that you please contact the City of Vancouver as well as Port Metro Vancouverís Community Feedback Line or 604≠665≠9004 (messages can be left outside business hours) with information about the incident and vessel concerned (i.e. date/time/location and vessel name/type). Port Metro Vancouver staff can follow up with the City and with the charter company concerned.

Reports of dangerous operations of a vessel should be directed to the Vancouver Police Department.

I hope you find the above information to be useful and would like to thank you again for taking the time to write.

Sincerely,

MANDY ELLIS obo Community Feedback
Public Affairs Coordinator
Port Metro Vancouver


Chimes of Handel may be silenced by a single complaint

By Laura Holland

Outraged townsfolk are fighting a single anonymous complainer in a bid to save an historic set of church bells from being silenced. A resident said to live near the church in a development of retirement flats, claims they constitute a nuisance.

They were a gift to the 13th century church of St. John's in the small town of Keynsham near Bristol from the com≠poser George Frideric Handel. Their chimes, which have rung out for nearly 200 years, have become a "valued local tradition". But vicar the Reverend Stephen MíCaw has had to enter into talks with the protester to prevent him from seeking an official order to have them silenced.

Meanwhile, more than 70 locals have launched a petition urging the church to fight back. Nick Dewfall, 52, a sports coach, said: "Iíve lived in Keynsham most of my life and everyone Iíve spoken to likes the bells regardless of whether they go to church or not. "The church is 700 years old so the bell ringing isnít new and tends to have a



positive association, plus the bells arenít constantly ringing."

Rev. MíCaw said: "At the end of the day, we want to be good neighbours to everyone. There is a wonderful com≠munity spirit here in Keysham. Our churches are a key part of it and celebrating and enhancing that spirit is very important to us."

None of the occupants of the old peopleís flats have confessed to being the voice of complaint. Pam Redwood, 67, a resident for 14 years, said: "Donít buy a house near the church if you donít like the bells, simple as that."

The church is Grade II ≠listed, dating from 1250. It had an organ until Handel, the German≠ born composer who wrote The Messiah, loved its mellow tones so much that he gave the bells in exchange for it. An inscription on the smallest bell says in part:"Althow my sound is but small, I can be heard amongst you all."

≠ International Express



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