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Fall 2011 – page 3

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The Sound of Music

Coronation Street is a well-known British drama series which is still immensely popular both in the U.K. and overseas since its initial launch in 1960. Depicting a working class community living in the town of Weatherfield near the city of Manchester in North West England, it is unerringly accurate in its portrayal of the people who currently live in that part of the country: Their values, life-styles, fashions, employment, and entertainment.

Weatherfield’s broad age mosaic, which ranges from young people to seniors, is reflected in the proliferation of cell phones to traditional gatherings in the local pub.

Recently, I ruefully noticed the strong admonition boldly splashed across a T-Shirt worn by Tina, a popular, attractive teenager, which urged, “Pump Up The Volume.” Except for older sections of our population, excessively loud music is almost universally embraced around the entire world today. What will it take to change this unfortunate, unhealthy craze?

By Carole A. Martyn

Amplified music from boats - update

Noise emanating from chartered vessels in Burrard Inlet has gravely disturbed residents of coastal neighbourhoods in Vancouver for several years. Municipal noise legislation has no jurisdiction over these vessels while they are en route. In a letter to Hans Schmid on Oct. 6, 2010, the former Minister of Transport, the Honourable Chuck Strahl wrote:
"While the Small Vessel Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 do contain provisions to address the issue of excessively loud vessels, these provisions are specifically aimed at addressing engine noise — not music emanating from boats."

Therefore, a federal regulation is needed to control this problem. Mr. Strahl recommended attending a meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) for the purpose of petitioning for such a regulation, which I did on September 14. There, I was told that federal regulations are written to apply nationally. Mr. Makhan Chowdrey, Acting Regional Director, Transport Canada, Marine Safety also suggested that information from other coastal communities across the country (e.g. Halifax, St. John etc.) would strengthen the case for such a regulation. So, our next step is to contact several coastal municipalities in eastern Canada, in the hope of finding similar unregulated noise complaints. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

By Karl Raab

OX surprises holiday-makers after plunge in Atlantic

By Ruth Doherty
A bullock took a swim alongside a group of stunned holiday-makers and surfers in Devon, UK, after falling 15ft into the sea. The bullock was grazing in his field when he be-came spooked by the noise from a nearby music festival, Goldcoast Oceanfest.
Farmer Paul Dymond, 35, decided to move the frightened bullock to another field but he escaped and ran over the edge of a cliff. The bullock survived the 15ft fall onto rocks and ran towards the sea, where he began swimming out into the Atlantic. He paddled up to half a mile for 45 minutes into the deep waters, past stunned surfers who surely couldn't believe their eyes.

Mr. Dymond told the Daily Mail: “The whole herd was a bit unsettled because of the music from the festival but none of the others seemed to react in the same way. The festival takes place every year, but I think the wind direction meant the music seemed louder this year.”

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Royal noise annoys

Raucous birthday party

Crown-prince Frederik, heir to the Danish throne, elicited his neighbours’ wrath when celebrating his 40th birthday. The neighbours called several complaints to the police station in Fredensborg, near Copenhagen, for having their nocturnal peace and quiet disturbed, while the prince and his 170 guests lived it up with a hard-rock band until 4:30 a.m.

Noisy wedding

Bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem, Prince William’s three-year-old goddaughter, looked distinctly unhappy as she clasped her hands over her ears to shut out the noise of the crowds at the royal wedding. Kate Middleton bent over to comfort her, but moments later the roar of the RAF flypast prompted Grace to again shut out the noise and she appeared to be on the verge of tears. She was ushered back into the quiet of Buckingham Palace.

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