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Fall 2002

Annual General Meeting

Wedensday, October 23, 2002

The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on October 23, 2002, at SPEC, 2150 Maple Street, Vancouver, BC (two blocks west of Burrard, on the east side of Maple, between 5th and 6th, immediately north of the train tracks).

Our guest will be Graham Clark, founder of Human Power Gardening, giving an informal talk on gardening and landscaping using exclusively hand tools. He was the recipient of an award in June, 2000 from the City of Vancouver recognizing his contribution to the reduction of noise and air pollution in the city, and has pioneered the provision in Vancouver of this much needed non-polluting approach to commercial gardening and landscaping services.

Please join us on October 23 - everyone is welcome!

Vancouver Council Rescinds Future Ban on Leaf Blowers

As reported in our Spring 2002 Newsletter, at a March 5, 2002 Council meeting, Non Partisan Association (NPA) Councillor Lynne Kennedy moved that the July 12, 2001 resolution leading to a leaf blower ban by February 2, 2004 be rescinded; all NPA Councillors assented. As a result of pressure from the BC Landscapers and Nursery Association, it was replaced by a watered down version which essentially maintains the status-quo, adding a largely unenforceable decibel-based component. Many thanks to Councillors Tim Louis and Dr. Fred Bass, both of whom supported the ban continuously in the face of majority opposition.

At the March 5 meeting, the NPA candidate for mayor in the upcoming civic elections, Jennifer Clarke, defended the 65 dB leaf blowers: "It wasn't as loud as the lawn mower that we use in our backyard once a week, [which] doesn't bother us." She then staunchly defended the new resolution, with no apparent concern for minority issues: "This is I think very sensible and...takes care of most of the concerns of most reasonable people most of the time. And that's basically what we aim to do, solve the majority of the problems for the majority of the people." Her view on banning leaf blowers or other noisy equipment: "If we start on...a noise witch hunt for every piece of power equipment in the city, I think it will be difficult to enforce and I think we are going to have to have a great many staff going around to individual householders telling them that they cannot use the piece of equipment that they have been using or bought 2 or 5 or 10 years ago and which provides for the thousands of individual homeowners good service on a very occasional (! - Ed.) basis...[a ban] is going to be very hard to enforce and I think resisted by a lot of reasonable people."

A review is scheduled for late 2003. Please forward comments and complaints to Mayor and Council, Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4, email Mayor and Council

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