Noisy leaf blowers Oak Bay resident’s bane

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It’s autumn, and besides the colours and smells, we are inundated with leaf blowers.

A neighbour’s gardener was out for 40 minutes chasing the last leaf from her lawn. The noise was as deafening as an old Boeing 707. A call to Oak Bay’s bylaw officer told me there is no rule prohibiting the blowers. And he asked how else are they going to pick up leaves! I guess he has never heard of a rake.

I think its high time Oak Bay council starts looking at a bylaw banning these machines. And these blown leaves. Where did they end up? On the street, the very place the municipality asks us not to put them.

George W. Barrows

Oak Bay