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Welcome to Peace and Quiet

Here is the link to the latest Spring 2017 online newsletter

More and more, 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, with charitable status in Canada.

Our objectives are to promote awareness of the increasing problem of noise pollution and the dangers of noise to our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; to work for noise abatement through regulation and enforcement and by encouraging responsible behaviour; and to foster recognition of the right to quiet as a basic human right.

We do not seek to create an absolutely silent world. However, we want to see a world where quiet is a normal and readily available part of life.

You are cordially invited to explore our website. If you did not
like what you saw here, without telling us, you might consider
leaving quietly.

Thanks for visiting.

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The conference Noise in Europe will be held on April 24 in Brussels, Belgium, where the World Health Organization and European scholars will present the most current scientific evidence about the effects of noise on health. Morning presentations will be in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and will be live streamed in these languages. The afternoon session will be presented in English.

The 22nd International Noise Awareness Day will be observed
on April 26, 2017. The Center for Hearing and Communication founded this global event in 1996 to encourage people all over the world to raise awareness of the effects that environmental noise has on health and well-being.

Noise is more than an annoyance; it is one of our most serious environmental problems, as well as a public health issue deserving of more attention. It isn't too late to start planning for INAD 2017. One of our New York City members and her colleagues will observe the day by holding an educational event focusing on books about noise at the Flatbush Library in Brooklyn, New York. Read more about the day's inception.

NOISE-CON 2017 will be held June 12 - 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a focus on improving quality of life.

The 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem will be held from June 18 through 22, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.
The congress is open to everybody interested in the field of auditory and non-auditory effects of noise.

The 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 3rd Joint Meeting of the ASA and the European Acoustics Association will be held June 25 - 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.

The 4th International Symposium on Acoustic Communication by Animals will be held July 18 through 21 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The four-day symposium is sponsored by the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the Acoustical Society of America.

This year, World Listening Day honors Pauline Oliveros, and accordingly, the theme will be "Listening to the Ground." The day is observed globally on July 18.

The 23rd International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) will be held from September 8 through 13, 2019 in Aachen, Germany.

The International Commission for Acoustics is working toward having the year 2019 declared the International Year of Sound, a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related technologies and the need for quietness and peace in the lives for all in society.


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. "

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 website is here.

"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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