for Soundscape Awareness and Protection


359 - 1985 Wallace Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6R 4H4 Phone (604) 222-0207
Web Site: www.quiet.org E-mail: hsquiet@quiet.org


Fall 2001

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on October 23, 2001, at SPEC, 2150 Maple Street, Vancouver, BC (two blocks west of Burrard, on the east side of Maple, between 5th and 6th, immediately north of the train tracks).

Mr. Douglas Glenn, Senior Noise Inspector, Vancouver/Richmond Health Board will be presenting an update on recent amendments to Vancouver's noise bylaws, and the provisions in those bylaws regarding both decibel-based and disturbance-based enforcement. Everyone is welcome; we hope to see you there!

Many thanks to those members who took the time to respond to the survey regarding the AGM. A consensus was not apparent, however, with preferences rather evenly ranging from afternoons to evenings, weekdays to weekends. As such, it was decided to continue for now the current weekday evening format.

Our Society's Upcoming 20th Anniversary!

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the Right to Quiet Society! Since the Society was instituted in 1982 by John Beltz, dedicated volunteers have been working together to protect the oft-neglected soundscape on many fronts, as technology and human selfishness create more and more threats to our peace and quiet. All contributions, both large and small, of both time and money, have aided in furthering our worthy cause, and deserve the gratitude of all. Our President, Hans Schmid deserves our thanks at this time for working so tirelessly on behalf of the Society since those early years.

We marked the 6th International Noise Awareness Day last April 25 by distributing a large number of our flyers in downtown Vancouver. Thank you to all who joined in for this important annual public education effort. The Society recently purchased and distributed two books on the subject of noise to all BC libraries. One is the updated edition of Murray Schafer's informative resource The Book of Noise, and the other is an excellent children's book by Arline Bronzaft, Listen to the Raindrops. This follows the 1998 library distribution of our anti-noise handbook, expertly authoured by past President Peter Donnely. With the imminent advent of this milestone anniversary, the directors invite all members to submit their personal opinions on future work to be undertaken, and the effect we have had so far.

As we have grown as a Society, our membership has attained a wide geographic range. The Internet has greatly aided this growth. A summary of the distribution of our members follows: Vancouver West Side - 27.4%; Vancouver West End - 7.6%; Vancouver East Side - 4.6%; North Shore - 8.6%; Richmond/Burnaby/New Westminster - 2.5%; Surrey/White Rock/Langley - 7.1%; Victoria - 14.2%; Rest of Vancouver Island - 6.1%; Rest of British Columbia - 4.1%; Rest of Canada (6 Provinces) - 4.1%; United States (16 States) - 13.2%; Outside North America - 0.5%.

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