Update on Jericho Volleyball Courts

After receiving massive opposition to the proposed location of 12 beach volleyball courts in Jericho Park (some 4,035 against vs. 367 for), the Vancouver Park Board decided not to proceed with that particular location. A task force with members from both sides has now been charged with proposing a new location for these courts in the next three months. The public consultation process will be carried out once more when the report of this task force is complete.

Honourable mention should again be given to Hans Schmid and Ilse Schnirch who campaigned so tirelessly against this proposal.

Quieter Products:

  • The Bosch SH series dishwashers are advertised as being so quiet you almost have to touch them to know they're running.
  • Sears carries the "Kenmore Elite" line of range hoods whose fan noise is some 50% reduced.
  • The "Gentle Jack" jackhammer boasts 50% less noise, 99% less vibration, and improved energy efficiency.
  • Honda has a line of "Super Quiet" generators for RV and home use.
  • The award-winning Donaldson Silent Partner add-on muffler significantly reduces the highly intrusive "hammering" noise from truck engine brakes.

Commercial Drive Goes Downhill

Several owners of restaurants on Commercial Drive are dissatisfied with a 21-year-old zoning bylaw which prohibits dancing and loud music in their establishments. The owners of Santos Tapas at 1191 Commercial Drive, Vasco da Gama at 2095, and Havana at 1212 are among those currently organizing to overturn the bylaw.

Area residents, in turn, are organizing against the change. Johanna Mercer, who lives behind Havana, and Jana Sakich, a block watch captain in the area, say noise and garbage from these establishments are already a headache, and weakening or removing the bylaw will only make things worse.

-Vancouver Courier, January 30 & February 10, 2002.

Hunting Boom Cars:

Noise Free America recommends that a bounty system be instituted to root out boom cars: a citizen would report the licence number of such a car to police, who would then look up the owner of the car, seize the stereo equipment used to break the law, assess fines, and pay a $50 reward to the informer. That anti-noise group is also working in conjunction with other interested parties to set up a class-action lawsuit against the makers of boom car equipment who actively promote its use to break the law in their advertising material, citing, for example, Sony's "Disturb the Peace" campaign.

Right to Quiet Society Newsletter, Spring 2002

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