On Monday May 9 there is a report proposing a new bylaw to regulate both the sale and the use of fireworks within the Township. The regulations are all about health and safety of the users and those who are in the vicinity of the action. Given feedback I received from a good number of residents following the Victoria Day 2021 celebrations I am supportive of tightening up the interval during which fireworks, which are part of the celebrations of Victoria Day, Canada Day and the third day of the Diwali Festival, are permitted. I think the bylaw is clear on the different permissions for display fireworks and family/consumer fireworks. The bylaw also identifies very clearly where fireworks are not permitted at anytime Including proximity to nursing homes places of worship, nursery schools equestrian facility, wetlands with nesting birds. (see page 20 of 23). The report also identifies process for getting permit to use firework on other days that the 3 defined ones. You can provide your comments about the bylaw about the proposed bylaw by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or registering to make a deputation to Council by noon on May 9th with email@example.com. (For those who are interested to read the report I want to point out that both the current bylaw and the proposed new one are in the report; I’m saying this as I got confused when I was first reading.
As I have said I am supportive of tightening up the interval for fireworks as fireworks are not enjoyed by all. I do still enjoy but my enthusiasm is less; I am more aware of those persons who are frightened by them. In addition, It must be admitted that they are an anachronism given our concerns, our desire for clean air and protecting the environment. We should start thinking of alternatives such as drone light shows!