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May. 8, 2021 | Saturday
Editorials and Opinions
Letter: A different perspective on bird cannons

Dear editor:

I have to admit I rolled my eyes when I read the comments in the letter, “Help farmers move from using bird cannons.” 

I could go on about how precious someone sounds when describing the “torture” inflicted upon residents who have to listen to them.  

At the very least I would suggest that people who buy houses in NOTL know that they will be living in or adjacent to wine country.  (And they most likely will enjoy the plentiful wines produced.)

As residents who live near the intersection of Line 3 and Four Mile Creek, we are truly in the centre of NOTL's wine growing region. 

We have always considered ourselves very fortunate to be able to live in such a beautiful and unique region and have always regarded the maintenance of vineyards with admiration and respect. 

If this isn’t in your realm of personal strengths and you still have trouble embracing the sights and sounds of such a unique environment, I can offer another perspective – one of historical significance.

Think of the bird cannons as an echo of the battles carried out here in 1812. Think of the soldiers and other residents who had to endure the torture of hearing actual cannons (among other horrors).  

When you hear the bird cannons, take a moment to remember.

Remember people who fought to keep this precious land we so love, part of Canada. Remember their sacrifice. 

Stephanie Osborne