Letters to the Editor

Langley Township gets ready to intimidate homeowners

Editor: Recently, there appeared on my front steps a pamphlet from the Township. It was a stern message about using my Green Can, bylaw No. 4845, etc. I’m sure most homeowners in the Township received this pamphlet.

Its message sounded threatening, so I read it over very carefully, as I do not always have a need to use my Green Can.  I have a compost.

I felt quite intimidated until I read the note at the bottom of page 2. This indicated that I could still use my compost, as it is still the most cost-effective way to dispose of uncooked fruits, vegetables, and lawn trimmings.  I also use my compost for coffee grinds, old napkins,  etc.  I assumed this to be okay.

Relieved that I was not breaking bylaw No 4845, I then sat back in my easy chair and started to read the local paper.  I nearly fell over backwards when I turned to the Township Page in The Times.

There staring at me was an example of a sad face sticker that the Township is now going to issue to all who do not put out a Green Can on garbage day.  I was horrified.

What am I to do?  What will my neighbours think of me —  A bylaw breaker in their midst?

I’m sure the bylaw officer will be cruising the neighbourhoods looking for sad face stickers, ticket book in hand.  It is just a matter of time before the bylaw enforcement officer hands me my ticket. Oh the shame.

I am so confused.

Gordon Wakelyn,


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