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Welcome to Peace and Quiet

Here is the link to the latest Spring 2014 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 did not like what you saw here, without telling us, you might consider leaving quietly.

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NoiseCon 2014

NoiseCon 2014 Exposition to be held in conjunction with The Institute of Noise Control Engineering's conference September 8-10, 2014

Exhibit space at Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Exposition Management - Richard Peppin
E-mail: PeppinR@ASME.org
Cell: +1-301-910-2813


Acoustics Week in Canada takes place October 7 - 10, 2014.

This year marks the first time that we will be meeting in Winnipeg. Our reception will take place on Tuesday (October 7), the evening before the first day of technical sessions, at the new Human Rights Museum

Karen Turner and Ramani Ramakrishnan are serving as Conference Chair and Technical Chair, respectively.

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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 website

In support of the German Pipedown group "Lautsprecher Aus" (Amplifiers Off) you can sign their on-line petition against unwanted, unnecessary sound-sprinklers here

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"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.

Calling 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 States

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