Letters: Noise affects everything

Sonic booms shake the house and rattle the windows in Shirley

Hi, my husband and I live in Shirley, about an hour west of Victoria, near French Beach Provincial Park.

From time to time, sometimes once/week, we experience what can only be described as sonic booms, which shake the house and rattle the windows, a scary thing in an active earthquake zone. We have heard the source is the U.S. military on Whidbey Island.

In trying to get information about this, I found the article I’ve copied below, and I apoligize for the length.

I am sending this article to you, because of all the articles and documents I’ve found, this is the most comprehensive IMO.

I hope you will look into this, because I suspect and wonder if any effects we will experience on the Canadian side will violate treaties, agreements, and laws which are supposed to protect Canadians from foreign militaries, in this instance, the US Navy.

Are we protected from the noise, the electromagnetic frequencies, and other effects of these war games on the other side of the Juan de Fuca Strait?

And not only people, salmon, orcas, otters, sea lions, halibut, birds will all be effected as well; not to mention tourism and surfing.

With the hamlet of Jordan River being threatened by BC Hydro, who thus far refuses to upgrade their nearby dam, what else are the inhabitants of southern Vancouver Island going to be subjected to?

I hope you will look into this.  Thank you for your time.

Helene Harrison

Shirley

Just Posted

UVic hosts community gathering following death of two students

Campus community invited to reflect, support one another

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’ If any proof were… Continue reading

Reynolds Secondary principal pens letter to parents after student involved in fatal crash

Various supports available to students, staff and community

Oak Bay United preparing entirely new development application

Three scenarios being considered for Granite Street redesign

Latin American film fest celebrates 10 years of storytelling on screen

Festival runs Sept. 17-22, features works from Mexico, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru and Spain

VIDEO: Drone footage documents work to free salmon at Big Bar landslide

Video shows crews working to remove rocks and wood, and transporting salmon by helicopter

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Vancouver Island man bikes through B.C. Interior for mental health, addiction awareness

Vancouver Island Resident Mat Fee is approaching the final phase of his cross-Canada bike journey to raise awareness about addiction recovery.

Transition Sooke eyes action on climate change

On Sept. 29, Transition Sooke will host a workshop titled: Climate Emergency: What Can We Do?

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

BC SPCA investigating after three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man accused in Salmon Arm church shooting

Lawyer tells court accused was diagnosed with psychosis hours after his arrest

Most Read