Wednesday April 23, 2014

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Roosters, chickens and chemo



The anxiety of chemo treatments is nasty. Peace and quiet is necessary.   Unfortunately, a neighbour has made a decision to raise roosters and chickens, which is a legal privilege available in our area of the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD).

The cacophony of noise starts very early in the morning and continues throughout the day with brief intermittent periods of quiet only to be interrupted with the heart-stopping renewed screaming or what sometimes sounds like mournful pleading. We cannot address the issue of the actual ownership of the birds; however, we can address the issue of noise and the fact that we are entitled to peace and enjoyment as stated in bylaw No. 597.

My neighbours and I have been dealing with this situation since late spring.

Any attempts to have the situation alleviated have been thwarted. I was told on more than one occasion that the matter was under control and being dealt with and that the SCRD would write a letter to comply within 30 days and if that compliance was not honoured, then another 30-day letter would be issued.

Any attempts to have the bylaws enforced in a respectful manner have been painfully slow and deliberately inept.

I have to endure five remaining chemo sessions plus a surgery in the upcoming months. The added stress of the incessant noise of the roosters and chickens will be detrimental to my health, body and soul and will be intolerable.

The current situation needs to be dealt with in the most aggressive way, and I implore the SCRD to step up and take care of it.

Julie Pierron, Gibsons



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