Welcome to Peace and Quiet
Here is the link to the latest Fall 2015 online newsletter
More and more, artificial, human-generated, undesirable and unhealthy sound unduly burdens the soundscape—the indispensable, integral acoustic component of our environment.
To bring about awareness of this problem, prevent and abate noise as much as possible, the Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness and Protection was established in 1982.
If you wish to read and learn more about us, our work, and find information on the effects of noise, how to deal with noise problems, and how to protect yourself from noise, you are cordially invited to explore our web site. To share what you've learned about us, go to our U-Print page to get our leaflet document on PDF, which you may print and distribute.
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If you would like to donate to the Right to Quiet Society by credit-card through CanadaHelps.org, please, click here. En Francais ici.
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INAD 2016: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 21st annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play.
Click here for more information or contact the Right to Quiet Society.
With a theme of Towards a Quieter Future, the conference will be held in Hamburg, Germany from August 21 through 24, 2016.
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November 2 through 6, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Conference Web site:
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Shore 104 FM imposes its amplified "music" on West End residents
The Vancouver radio station Shore 104.3 FM played loud, amplified "music" on two stages on Sunset Beach this summer, perhaps as a "prelude" to the equally noisy (and smoky) fireworks competition, disturbing and annoying numerous West End residents within earshot. Shore FM responded to complaints, expressing respect for residents, but their actions speak much louder than their words. Read more: Shore FM's defence, our commentary, here.
Noisy boats cruising Vancouver harbour, Burrard Inlet and English Bay each summer!
Vancouvercruises.com Charters Ltd., operates the M.V. Queen of Diamonds and plays infernally loud "music" on board that blasts residents and people on the beaches even miles away during the summer. It is alleged that this particular company was not in compliance with legal requirements regarding proper licensing and had been fined for that. In spite of it all, this business continues to operate as a "floating night club", possibly worse.
We ask where the corresponding authorities are to enforce the applicable rules and regulations, and where that company's dignity and corporate conscience went; if it existed?
Reject irrelevant, irritating audio-entertainment while on hold on the telephone
If you don't like to listen to imposed "music", advertising or other undesired audio-programme while put on hold on the line, don't hesitate to let the other side know that you dislike having their choice of programme imposed on you. It is completely irrelevant and has nothing to do with the purpose of calling. It's an imposition and, indeed, an insult. If they don't want to do without it, then provide us the option to "press one for silence. "
ICBEN—International commission on Biological Effects of Noise. The abstracts of the contributions are available from ICBEN2008, the 9th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, 21–25 July, 2008, Foxwood, connecticut, USA.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Noise Monitoring—A new website was launched by the Vancouver Airport Authority that will allow the public to view flights over the Metro Vancouver area as they occur. WebTrak for YVR supposedly shows in real time where planes are flying and simultaneously displays the resulting noise level at several monitoring stations on the ground. there are 20 such stations in Metro Vancouver. For security reasons there is a 10-minute delay in the transmission of the flight data. The web-address can be found here
If you wish to support efforts to curb noise in Tanzania, please sign this on-line petition: "STOP NOISE POLLUTION IN TANZANIA" hosted on the web by a free online petition service
When a single person registers a noise complaint, it is often dismissed or ignored because of an antiquated provision in our provincial law. In regards to noise legislation, we need to change the Local Government Act of British Columbia to say "an individual" instead of "individuals" and we also need to change the word "persons" to "any person". To support this effort, please sign the petition on the following
In support of the German Pipedown group "Lautsprecher Aus" (Amplifiers Off) you can sign their on-line petition against unwanted, unnecessary sound-sprinklers
"If we had a category for endangered conditions as we do for endangered species, then quiet would certainly top the list. Quiet has already largely disappeared from many urban areas. There is ever more encroachment of human-generated noise on the soundscape, the "habitat" of quiet, that quiet gets pushed to the brink of extinction."
Excerpt of a letter to the editor of Alive magazine, September 2010, by Hans Schmid.
noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience. Noise must be
considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere."
Dr. William H. Stewart, former Surgeon General of the United